HOUSTON -- When Brian Bogusevic was struggling at the plate during Spring Training, he was in the weight room when Carlos Lee started picking his brain, trying to help Bogusevic get his swing back on track. It worked, too, as Bogusevic finished spring with a flourish and homered on Opening Day.
"It's not the first time that's happened," Bogusevic said about Lee having a talk with him. "He's so naturally talented, but at the same time he knows hitting so well, so he can kind of use that knowledge of general hitting to get to other people.
"I was struggling and we were in the weight room one day and he was asking me, 'What do you feel like?' He was just kind of telling me, 'If you feel that, try to do this and work on this.' We talked for a while and I went to the cage and for the next few days while we were hitting we were talking about things. It definitely helped a lot."
Lee wasn't the only one to lend some advice to Bogusevic in the spring. Towards the end of camp, manager Brad Mills sat him down for a heart-to-heart talk and reaffirmed his confidence in his abilities.
"He sat me down and said, 'You're going to be all right, just fight through it and get going,'" Bogusevic said. "It was nice to feel a little bit of confidence from them, and it helped to keep my confidence up. It was nice to have a chance to fight through it."