Friday, April 21, 2006

Dan Johnson, 1-32, Returns to A's Lineup

Oakland 1B/DH Dan Johnson, 1-32 on the year, was given time off to try to recover his swing. Studying video images of his approach at the plate last year compared to now, Johnson observed that he has been trying to pull outside pitches instead of hitting them to the opposite field, and, after several hours of tedious practice, thought perhaps he had corrected the problem. Unfortunately, when he returned to the lineup he went 0-3. Johnson's average now sits at .031, but the team is convinced Johnson will hit his way out of his slump, and then, pitchers beware.