Hamilton taps out
Posted on: June 7, 2010 11:42 am
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to be back in the lineup tonight against Seattle after sitting out Sunday following a cortisone injection to reduce pain in his sore left knee.
That's good news for Rangers fans and Hamilton fantasy owners, considering the way Hamilton has been swinging the bat lately. He went 10-for-22 with two homers in five games last week and had an OPS of 1.319.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says Hamilton has eliminated the "toe tap" from his swing, which could be a key to his turnaround from a rough start (Hamilton was batting .205 after the first 13 games of the season, and now is at .301).
The toe tap is that little step backward some players use to start their swing, used as a timing mechanism and as part of the weight shift. Some players find it helpful, but it lengthens the process of swinging and thus shortens a hitter's reaction window. Hamilton has gone back and forth on the toe tap several times in his career.