The other day, Perry Van Hook asked me to ask Ron Washington why the manager did not go to the hill during Matt Harrison's rough outing last Tuesday, while the left-hander was getting knocked around the park.
Well, yesterday I was working the Rangers/Athletics game, and I found Wash, having just done his stint throwing batting practice. I asked Wash that very question.
"The catcher went out to talk to him a number of times," the Rangers manager noted, and continued with "It's the first inning. If I go out there that early, it puts more pressure on Matt in a situation where he already feels pressured. So, he has to do well, and, well, if he doesn't, I cannot go out there again or I lose my starter in the first inning and I am already working with a pen that is not at full strength. So, I have to really plan it right when I go to the hill. Under those circumstances, it was not time yet."
So there you have it, straight from the Wash's mouth.