Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mills sure is having Manzella take a lot of breaths

Little article on Manzella's progress (such as it is) at the plate, and what he's been doing the last two games while not being the starting shortstop.

“I'm not one of those who believe things are just going to fix themselves. You have to put in the work. If my swing is not feeling right, I want to take whatever amount of swings I can to get it to where it's starting to feel short and quick.”

“We've had two really good days of extra hitting with Tommy. And I think (Tuesday) especially was a really good session. He will be in there (today against Colorado), but this was just a chance for him to take a breath, do a lot of work at the plate, do some things, and hopefully, it will play out down the road for Tommy.”

More Manzella:
“You have to keep being a realist; I'm not an offensive prodigy, so I'm not going to come up and hit the best pitching in the world right away. Not to be discouraged by it, but the reasons these pitchers are in the big leagues is because they are the best at what they do.

“So for me to come up, I have to figure out the adjustment I have to make and what type of hitter I need to be at the major league level to be successful. And I've done that; I've figured out what kind of hitter I needed to be at the (Class) AAA level and the AA level. … I don't expect this to be an adjustment I am not going to be able to make.”