I get up early and do some running and then hit the field. Greg Legg has been throwing BP to me and I've been working with Bill Dancy on infield practice. I've been working a lot on fielding balls hit to my right that I have to backhand. At the plate, I'm just trying to find consistency and make sure my mechanics stay strong. After all of that I generally get some weight lifting in and call it a day.
Minor league camp starts March 1st, so there aren't many minor league players down here. Other than players who are rehabbing, I'm one of the few down here so far but there will be a lot of guys rolling in before too long.
I found out today that Matt Maloney and Kyle Kendrick will also be starting the season at Reading. I played with Maloney at Batavia and Kendrick at Batavia and Clearwater, so it will be good to have both of them at Reading. There was also a lot of talk and things posted on the internet today about C.J. Henry shifting to third base. That's one of those things that I can't control, so I don't worry about it. Competition is always good and the team needs to make the moves that they feel are best to make.
One thing that I can control is what I do. I'm in great shape and lost 12 pounds over the winter. This is the most excited I've ever been to start a season and I'm really confident about how it's going to go. I put in a lot of hard work during the off-season and it will pay off for me. It's going to be good to see other guys roll into town so we can start playing some games and get things going. Believe me, I realize how important this season is for me and I'm looking to put all of those slow starts behind me and help to make some good things happen this season at Reading.
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