Hinch weighs in on Rondon
A day after Hector
Rondon did not emerge from the dugout during pregame introductions to accompany the rest of his team, Astros manager A.J.
Hinch said the veteran reliever “should have been there.”
Though Rondon was omitted from the club’s American League Division Series roster, he was introduced by name to a sellout crowd — customary practice for the first game of any playoff series.
“He should have been there,” Hinch said. “He was at the field; I’m not sure why he chose not to come out.”
Rondon did not run out when his name was announced, nor did he join the team for the national anthem a few minutes later. Speaking after batting practice on Saturday, Rondon claimed he was “preparing his arm” during introductions.
“I was doing something inside, like preparing my arm,” Rondon said. “I’m not on this roster, but I was preparing my arm for the next round. I’ve apologized to my teammates, A.J., too. I was out for first pitch. I tried to help my guys and to support my guys all the time and be with them.”
Rondon did sit in the dugout during Game 1. His exclusion from the pregame festivities still irked Hinch, who spoke with the reliever during batting practice before Game 2.
“He talked to me, he was disappointed because he kind of expected for me to be out with the team and the guys,” Rondon said. “I said I’m sorry to him. The past is in the past. I take responsibility and it is what it is.”