{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

J.D. takes extra BP, hits off tee to work on swing

J.D. takes extra BP, hits off tee to work on swing

|
J.D. takes extra BP, hits off tee to work on swing
SAN DIEGO -- Astros left fielder J.D. Martinez, who didn't play in Monday's series opener, was back in the lineup Tuesday, but not before putting in some extra hitting work prior to the game.

Martinez took early batting practice and hit off a tee with hitting coach Mike Barnett watching closely.

Martinez had hits in his first two at-bats Tuesday, dropping a bloop double to right field in the first inning before rapping an RBI single in the third for his team-leading 50th RBI of the year.

"I just feel like I've been missing a lot of pitches lately because I've been under them so I wanted to work off the tee," he said. "I wasn't getting on top and that was the biggest thing. I'm getting in good counts and being patient and not swinging at many balls. I'm swinging at my pitches and fouling them off and that's what's killing me right now."

It's been nearly a year since Martinez made his Major League debut -- he was called up from Double-A on July 30, 2011, after the Astros traded Hunter Pence -- and he's come to understand he constantly has to make adjustments.

"It's kind of surprising a little bit," he said. "It's definitely adjustments on a regular basis. That's part of it, though. I feel like they're adjustments I can make. I haven't felt overmatched. For the most part, I feel like when I miss balls, I foul them off and that's not usually me."

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español