Monday’s rainout gives me another day to get healthy. It will give me a chance to get healthier and get out there to help us win a ballgame. That’s the main thing here. I don’t want to put my team in a position where I go out there and come out in the first inning. I can’t do that. I have to make sure that I come here Tuesday early, get myself ready to go.
Once I get to the ballpark, I will get treatment and do my normal activities, tape it up and get sweaty. I have to make Willie Randolph believe that I’m ready to start Game 5. He feels good about his lineup right now and I have to find a way to get back in.
During practice, I will have bench coach Jerry Manuel hit me some balls in the gap and over my head. I want to see if I can get good jumps on them. We have Tom Glavine pitching Tuesday and his defense will play a big role on how he does. When you have a pitcher like Glavine, you have to be ready. He is looking for a spectacular play. He wants the routine plays made.
Everybody knows that I’m not feeling well, but that doesn’t matter when it’s the playoffs.