It's very cliché. You hear it all the time during Spring Training right after a starter had a bad outing.
"This is one of those outings in Spring Training, you walk away, you say he got his work in, you move on," Clint Hurdle said after today's game with a laugh, describing A.J. Burnett's outing. The right-hander was pulled in the second inning of today's game, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. One of those runs scored off Kris Johnson, but Burnett didn't leave Johnson in the best situation, with the bases loaded and one out.
Burnett also described his start in the same clichéd manner.
"I'm worried about April 1st. I've got another start in five days. You want good results, I'm not happy with it. But I also know that it's about getting your work in, getting your pitch count up," Burnett said. He then went beyond that, saying what everyone thinks when they hear the "getting work in" line.
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