Sunday, July 08, 2007

Blue Jays Lyle Overbay Finding His Stroke Again

Time in the batting cage is paying off for injured Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay, who woke up from a slow start with Double A New Hampshire by hitting an RBI double and a grand slam Saturday.

Overbay -- who had missed a month after being hit on the hand by a pitch -- began a rehabilitation assignment with extended batting practice at New York State Electric & Gas Stadium in Binghamton, N.Y., on Friday, hitting a series of pitches into the stands before New Hampshire took the field against the Mets Double A affiliate.

But Overbay went 0-5 with two strikeouts in game action, expressing concern that he needed more time to recover his timing and work on pitch recognition. Overbay was seeing the ball much better Saturday, indicating he will be ready to return to Toronto after the All-Star break.