Struggling Avisail Garcia works on mechanics
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter September 3, 2014 10:31PM
Updated: October 5, 2014 7:48AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Avisail Garcia hasn’t missed a day of work since coming back from a torn labrum, starting his 17th consecutive game since coming back on Aug. 16. He says the left shoulder area “feels good,’’ although there is occasional, normal soreness.
“But nothing hurts,’’ he said.
Garcia, who doubled to the right-center field wall against Twins right-hander Trevor May in the first inning Wednesday, has looked rusty since coming back, hitting .217 and going 8-for-36 in his previous nine games.
“It’s kind of normal because I lost a lot of time,’’ Garcia said. “I have to get my timing back. My hands are moving, all that stuff.’’
Garcia has been working on not moving his hands back, which has caused his front shoulder to dip. He also has kept too much weight on his back leg.
“I have to be 50-50, not 80-20, with my weight [distribution] so I have a better chance to hit the ball that’s inside,’’ Garcia said. “And I have to use more of my hands and not my body. I’m working on that but it’s hard.’’
Garcia also knows his biggest battle is plate discipline, not an uncommon one for young power hitters.
“I have to swing at better pitches,’’ he said. “That’s going to happen. It happens to everybody. I just have to keep working.’’
Abreu toughs it out
Jose Abreu returned to the lineup after getting a rest because of soreness in his legs and lower back. Abreu had to run hard on an infield hit in the first and then went all out to third on Garcia’s double. He looked fine running but bent over at the waist after each dash. Manager Robin Ventura said he might give Abreu a day off Friday in Cleveland after Thursday’s off-day for a two-day breather whether he likes it or not. “He doesn’t want a day off, definitely,’’ Ventura said.
Taylor’s first impression
Ventura, on outfield call-up Michael Taylor’s [0-for-4] debut Tuesday: “It was good. He’s a smart player. He understands how to play. I just thought he would have a bigger swing. He’s an intriguing looking player because of his size [6-5, 255], speed. He has some baseball smarts you like seeing.’’
Taylor, a 28-year-old Stanford grad, was once rated as a Top 20 prospect in the Phillies organization.