Hinch weighs in on Ron­don

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - MLB PLAYOFFS - Chan­dler Rome

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.”

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