I have no idea whether it was simply finishing school, but that sound like something he did because he could not be at instructs. I did find Blood’s quote to be a bit ominous (and not particularly clear) when he said:
We’ve got a plan with him and the hopes are we’ll see him next year and put him right into the mix with the rest of these guys who have been exciting to watch.
When Blood says “the hopes are we’ll see him next year,” is he suggesting that it’s not clear as to whether he’ll be able to play next year? Probably not, but I didn’t love the language used by Blood.
Turning point for that entire season. Riding high at 3-1 and then Hess is yanked with a no hitter going. Sure, we won the next day, but after that we went 50-107. Hess not being able to go for the no-no obviously took the steam out of the team.