As Kyle Drabek's final pitch of Thursday's 3-1 loss — ball four to John Jaso — thudded into the glove of catcher J.P. Arencibia, an unmistakable F-bomb could be heard echoing through a sparsely populated Tropicana Field.
Sure, you want your pitcher to have the final word — but that's not exactly the one Jays manager John Farrell had in mind. Farrell sprung out of the dugout and headed to the mound to make the change. Actions spoke louder than words. Drabek was done anyway, having thrown 105 pitches in recording 17 outs, and in tough against Rays ace David Price.
"I wouldn't say that there's a growing frustration," Farrell said of his prized rookie, who suffered a second straight loss. "Yeah, the last couple of games haven't turned out as he had hoped, but we're dealing with a highly competitive guy (and) this is an area we're continuing to work at. It's not going to be something that happens overnight. It's a matter of him getting to know and understand his abilities and his limitations to the point of being able to channel all that energy into a positive way."
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