In a frank discussion covering topics from Chacine to the Humidor in Colorado Springs, Dan O’Dowd sat down with Troy Renck of the Denver Post to share his ideas about the condition of the team and the direction he feels it is going. You can read the whole story HERE. Some of the highlights covered were:
O’Dowd’s disappointment in Chacin’s off-season workout:
I would say he could have worked a little harder this winter. I am not really happy about that…I don’t think it will be an issue by the time we get to camp. But it has to get to a point where he has maturity and discipline and realizes that this is his career.
His Feeling on a humidor in Colorado Springs:
We are getting close to doing that…we are moving forward; we just have to pull everything together. It’s not a financial issue. It’s the logistics of how it’s going to be managed.
Guthrie starting opening day:
His mind-set, desire and competitive fire are to be the top guy…the change of scenery and change of leagues should help, and we want him to pitch to contact more. When he attacks the strike zone, he’s very, very good.
On limiting Nicasio:
There are no issues mentally…It’s not even something we are discussing anymore. He will enter camp and have a leg up based on what he did last year. The only thing he can’t do is distance running, but he can still jog and do more work on the treadmill.
Resting players to keep them healthy:
We have discussed the issue at length on how important rest and recovery will be…there will be a lot of at-bats for a lot of players. We can’t be afraid to play anyone.
Again, it is an excellent overview that covers the above topics more indepth, as well as other thoughts. I encourage you to read it in full.