Dodgers News: Miguel Rojas Now Realizing How Much Wrist Injury Affected Offense
Miguel Rojas had himself a heck of a spring for the Dodgers. The veteran was forced to become the full time shortstop after Gavin Lux tore his ACL and he excelled on the field and as a mentor to the younger Miguel (Vargas) to his left. Well, we knew the defense was going to be there. He was a Gold Glove finalist at short a season ago. One thing that was going to be a question mark with Rojas was going to the offense.
This spring, he hit .283 and put together a .831 OPS over 18 games. Coming off a season where he posted an OPS of just .606 over 471 at-bats with the Marlins, it looked like at age 33 he could be on the downturn of his career. Not that he’s ever been an exceptional batter, but something was obviously different for Miggy Ro.
In the offseason, he had wrist surgery and another operation to remove a bone spur heading into spring training. By the end of camp, he realized just how much of an issue that wrist was.
“It’s not an excuse, but last year, I was really hurting, my wrist was not 100%,” Rojas said. “You can see the numbers drop, but it was important for me to post every day and be there for the team. But I feel 100% now.”
“For me, it’s a way different feeling — I can trust my [top] hand that when I hit the ball on the barrel, the ball is going to do that. Last year, I was doing that, and the ball was caught by the left fielder.”Via LA Times
He knew he wasn’t right but, as he says, he felt obligated to get out there and try to play every day. Now healthy and reinvigorated by a chance to actually play for a championship, Rojas is primed for his best season yet.
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