When Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Long sat down Sunday and dissected video from earlier this season, it was clear to both men what the third baseman's problem has been during the last week.
Rodriguez's leg kick had become an issue, as he was lifting his lead leg too high before his swing, throwing off his timing at the plate.
"It was way up; it's been that high for a week," Long said after Sunday's game. "We haven't had to address it for a while, it's been pretty good. Usually when you tell Alex it's getting high, he can fix it like that. This one just took a little bit longer."
Since he hit a home run and drove in six runs on April 23, Rodriguez is batting .170 (9-for-53) with one RBI in 14 games. That's a massive drop-off from the production numbers he posted during his first 14 games of the season, when he hit .370 with five home runs 16 RBI.
Long and Rodriguez followed their video work with a session in the batting cage, and although he was only 1-for-4 against the Rangers on Sunday, Rodriguez said he could feel a difference in the batter's box, saying he felt "better than the results" showed.
"Overall, my balance was good, my strike zone control was good," Rodriguez said. "I do that, there's going to be a lot of damage."
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