Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 4/3/12
Tim Dillard has enjoyed an eventful spring, highlighted by his recent run-in with comedian Frank Caliendo. "I just took one look at him and started laughing," Dillard said of Caliendo. "He was amazing. He came in and was doing impersonations in the clubhouse -- that guy's good." Truth be told, Dillard does some solid impersonations himself, like the spot-on Harry Carey routine he performed for visitors to the Milwaukee Brewers' fan fest in the off-season. These days, the 28-year-old is playing the part of a major-league reliever pretty impressively, too. Dillard currently has a 2.70 ERA in Cactus League action, and has limited opponents to a .231 batting average. Thus, the sidearmer's confidence is increasing. "I feel like maybe they like the side-arm, they like the effectiveness," Dillard said, in reference to the Brewers' coaching staff. "I feel like it's just gonna keep getting better."The 6-foot-4, 225-pound righthander -- who went 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 24 appearances in 2011 -- knows he'll largely be used in inning-eating, middle relief this season. Nevertheless, he sounds rather content. "I know I'm probably the back end, as far as if the game's out of hand one way or another," Dillard noted, laughing. "But, with a lefty in the bullpen, it seems like maybe that would help my chances, maybe facing a few righties every couple days (and) getting in the game more often." Whatever his role, Dillard sounds ready to go. And that's no act. "Everyone's excited to get after it. They're ready for Opening Day," Dillard said of his Brewers teammates. "You know, just release the gate so we can get out playing. "That's the way I feel. Let's just play some real baseball." The Milwaukee Brewers provided interviews for this report.
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