from his press conference on Mrch 1st, a few excerpts...
"I like everything about him. I really do. This kid is a manager's delight. He's a student of the game. What do I mean by a student of the game? He takes the game seriously, he studies, he works on his skills. He's not satisfied with what he's doing. He wants to improve and keeps working at it. He doesn't question why he's not in the lineup, but he wants to be in there. And he keeps himself ready when he's called upon to do a job. He just does everything that a manager would want a player to do, especially in his situation. He's in a tough situation right now. He's ready to start at the big league level. But right now, he's in a situation that he has no control over. He has to be, as we say, patient. And that's not easy to do. It's easy to say, but it's not easy to do. But I think he can handle it. He did last year, and I think he can handle it this year. He'll have his day. Much sooner than later."
"This young man has taken big steps, huge steps since he's been the starting catcher here. The only thing that has probably suffered a little bit -- and it usually does -- is his offense a little bit. But defensively, and calling a game he's improving on that -- and he can always continue to improve on that. But defensively, catching and throwing he has to take a back seat to no one. He doesn't have as strong an arm as some catchers, but he is very accurate. And he gets rid of the ball very quickly. As we say in the business, he has quick feet and a quick release. And he's accurate. That's the key. As he puts more time in behind the plate -- and handling certain pitchers -- his game-calling will improve. And it should improve. And it will improve."
The health of Tony Armas Jr.'s arm
"His arm is fine. In fact, I've forgotten that he had the injury. He's doing everything he's supposed to do, and he's doing it like the injury is not a problem. It's not a matter of him being healthy or the injury not bothering him, he's fine. He's fine. He's exactly where he should be this time of the year and hopefully, he'll continue to build on that and be ready for Opening Day. If he has no setbacks, there's no reason why there should even be questions about his condition is arm is in. He doesn't like to talk about it. He doesn't want it to be a topic of conversation. As far as I'm concerned, it shouldn't be."