PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said there is plenty of communication between the big league coaching staff and coaches working in the Minor Leagues.
Triple-A right-hander Phillippe Aumont recently told The Express-Times (Easton, Pa.) he is getting mixed messages from different coaches. He said, "Baseball is a very confusing thing because you have so many people who have so many different perspectives on how to do things. At the Major League level, [bullpen coach] Rod [Nichols] is telling me something, then I come down here and can hear different stuff. Which way do I go? Do I want to please the people while I'm down here right now or do I do the things the big league team wants me to do, even if I'm not doing the stuff they want me to do here?"
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined comment through a team spokesperson Monday, but Dubee said Tuesday, "Not knowing why it was said or how it was said, was it said out of frustration, was it said out of actual miscommunication? … I know what we left him with when he left here, the directions. I don't think they've changed, but I think out of frustration, sometimes stuff happens.
"There is no line of communication we don't cover. When a guy comes up, I have a report and I talk to [Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris]. When a guy goes down, they have a report and I talk to Ray. It's the same way with our position players. So there isn't anything that we don't discuss."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.