"I can't afford to have outings like this," said Booker, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason. He fell behind the rest of the pitchers because the knee wasn't stable enough to allow him to throw off a mound for two weeks. "It's just a lack of innings, you know. It comes with being shut down and having to start all over."
"I feel I have to go all out and give everything I have."
"When I got to the dugout, I thought, 'Man, I did everything that inning,'" said Booker, who as a member of the Reds organization last season went 8-4 with a 2.49 ERA and 20 saves for Triple-A Louisville. "Everything but give up a home run."
"The adrenaline kicked in -- a whole lot of it. It was my first major league game this spring. You tell yourself not to try to do too much, but I did. I tried to do that."