Townsend and Kolodny Return to Keys Lineup

Tyler Townsend and Tyler Kolodny both return with home runs to help Keys win 50th.

Keys first baseman Tyler Townsend returned from hamstring troubles to go 3-4 with a home run, four RBI and was a triple away from the cycle.

Townsend, who was originally activated from the disabled list June 26, felt more tightness in the hamstring on July 4 and sat out the last couple games. The Delaware native expressed how the hamstring felt after the game.

"It is still good enough to play," Townsend said. It is still there but its not bad enough where I cant play."

Townsend originally injured his hamstring on June 8 against Potomac and missed three weeks.

The 23-year-old didn't change much of how he went about his normal activities while he was on the disabled list.

"I was still doing some normal day stuff but I was just taking it easy," Townsend said. "I wasn't able to take many ground balls or make any sharp movements but I was able to swing the bat and stay in shape."

Townsend raised team lead in batting average (.316), home runs (12) and RBI (46) and he says it feels really good to get back on the field and he hopes he can stay healthy.

Kolodny Returns

Keys designated hitter Tyler Kolodny was activated from the disabled list Saturday and returned and homered to help the Keys win their 50th game of the season.

Kolodny was disabled due to hand troubles that were re-aggravated from last season where he had to have surgery. The 23-year-old was just happy to return to the lineup and help the team win.

"It felt like a second opening day," Kolodny said. "It definitely felt good knowing I was in the lineup today. I felt good and felt ready and I just want to keep it going."

Saturday was the first game he played in where he felt pain free for the season and the injury occurred he says due to the amount of swings that he takes every day.

The swings that he takes are more violent then normal and Kolodny says that for him to be able to stay healthy he will have to cut down on them.

"Yeah, its one thing that me, the coaches and the organization have talked about," Kolodny said. "I love swinging the bat and playing every day. I need to cut my swings down. I do so many practice swings and early work it's just a habit where I like working hard. It is something that the organization and I have talked about."

Kolodny adds that there is nothing mechanically that adds to the injury, but the injury itself could cause bad habits with his swing. The California native is just going to focus on swinging less and let everything happen more naturally. He feels that this is a good lesson for him moving forward and should be able to stay healthy down the stretch.


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