Cabrera using video to get swing back on track
ST. PETERSBURG -- In order to get back to his successful offensive days of years past, Melky Cabrera broke out the old video to study what went right. That perusal caused Cabrera to raise his hands a bit in his swing approach, a change that contributed to his two-hit effort in Friday's setback.
"Things have changed a little in the last couple of days. I feel better," said Cabrera through interpreter and White Sox Spanish language broadcaster Billy Russo. "I've been hitting the ball well and I just checked all the videos and looking at my stance I realized my hands were a little down. I made the adjustment and the results have been good for me the last couple of days."
"He's getting ready a little bit sooner and he did it first, getting ready on time and it was a little stiff at first," said White Sox bench coach Mark Parent, who is filling in for manager Robin Ventura this weekend while he attends his daughter Madison's college graduation. "He's relaxing, getting into it, and it's really helping him out."
Cabrera always tries to work the same routine on both sides of his swing between batting practice and the cage. Nonetheless, his right-handed average of .096 falls far below his left-handed mark of .275, while he has just one homer and five doubles, compared to 54 extra-base hits last season with the Blue Jays. The White Sox have moved him from the two spot to lower in the order until he gets on track, but Cabrera is willing to hit wherever the White Sox need him.
"That's not my call, that's Robin's decision," said Cabrera of hitting second. "Wherever he wants me to bat I am going to do my best. He is looking out for the best for the team and he's the one who makes the decisions."
"I like his swing from the right side. It just hasn't really worked out for him yet," Parent said. "He's a guy that works at it just like everybody else. You know it's just maybe something clicks one day and you getting going, hopefully sooner than later. He's a tremendous offensive talent so we have to get him going."