Alex Rodriguez was hitless in two at-bats Sunday afternoon but his spring over all has been nothing short of spectacular.
But it has little to do, in his eyes, with his .404 average and hitting six homers with 14 RBI.
"I don’t really get caught up in the games but the one thing for me that’s been a nice difference has been my work with K-Long,” A-Rod said. "It’s been a lot more consistent, a lot more fluid.”
Of his spring numbers, Rodriguez said: “It’s always good to produce. “It’s always better to hit .400 than .200, but at the end of the day if my work is not consistent behind the curtains [the cages], I wouldn’t feel as good.”
A-Rod said the explosion is back in his swing, the result of getting the "green light" from his hip surgeon, Dr. Marc Philippon, to resume his offseason workout routine from before he was operated on in March 2009.
“There’s more consistency through my swing, more flexibility,” Rodriguez said. “There’s just more explosion that I feel and that I think he [Long] sees."
Long has seen it.
“There’s explosion, the ball’s jumping off his bat compared to when he came in before and it would be just so-so," Long said. "Now, every time he steps in the cage it’s pretty special.”
As for the spring numbers, Long agrees with A-Rod on their relevance. Mostly.
“I know we don’t like to put a lot of stock in spring training but he’s certainly showed this spring training that he’s ready to go, maybe more ready than anybody on our squad. He looks terrific.”