Mesa Getting His Timing Down

Melky Mesa, the center and right fielder for the Trenton Thunder, can't seem to catch a break this year with the 2011 Yankee minor league team. After beginning this season with a rocky start at bat, Mesa's year seemed to take another strike; he retained an injury that kept him from taking any more swings for awhile.

"It was a lower back injury," Melky Mesa said. "[It was] just kind of stiff. Nothing serious."

But for a young player like Mesa, injuries didn't keep him from staying out of the game.

"[I] just kept working hard," Mesa said about how he dealt with the injury. "I tried to do everything that I could to stay in my routine. [Now] I'm feeling good."

No precautions allow him to relax either. Melky Mesa is able to do all that he can do again.

"I'm totally clear," said Mesa.

"I'm sure he's probably still doing stuff in the training room with Tim, our athletic trainer, so that they don't have any reoccurring injuries," said coach Justin Pope. "But I think it's behind him. I think he is full go."

And now that he's back out there, it's all about getting back into the timing of his offensive game.

"He looks good," said Pope. "For his defensive game, he's outstanding. He probably could play in the big leagues right now, defensively. But offensively, [Mesa] has just got to get some at-bats and get his timing down.

"[But] over all, I think he looks great. I think danger is kind of behind him; I don't think it's in his head anymore. So right now we're trying to get his timing down at the plate."

Regardless, Mesa continues to grow with the Thunder and off on the field. His back injury seems to be of no focus anymore.

"When you see him out there run or swing, whatever he's out there doing physically, you can't even tell he's hurting," said Pope. "I haven't heard him say it's bothering him [anymore either] so I think it's behind him."

Only halfway through the 2011 season, the only intriguing question for this injury was whether or not it was actually a setback or a mere break for the player.

"He was doing pretty well when he got hurt," Pope said. "Maybe a little bit of a setback just because, like I said, offensively he's starting to come around.

"He's swinging it really well so now he's kind of back to before he was swinging well. [But] he has to get his timing down and get his confidence going back up again. His confidence was really high right before he got hurt."

"The season is not over yet," answered Mesa.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was a lower back injury,\" Melky Mesa said. \"[It was] just kind of stiff. Nothing serious.\"
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\r\nBut for a young player like Mesa, injuries didn't keep him from staying out of the game.
\r\n
\r\n\"[I] just kept working hard,\" Mesa said about how he dealt with the injury. \"I tried to do everything that I could to stay in my routine. [Now] I'm feeling good.\"
\r\n
\r\nNo precautions allow him to relax either. Melky Mesa is able to do all that he can do again.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm totally clear,\" said Mesa.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm sure he's probably still doing stuff in the training room with Tim, our athletic trainer, so that they don't have any reoccurring injuries,\" said coach Justin Pope. \"But I think it's behind him. I think he is full go.\"
\r\n
\r\nAnd now that he's back out there, it's all about getting back into the timing of his offensive game.
\r\n
\r\n\"He looks good,\" said Pope. \"For his defensive game, he's outstanding. He probably could play in the big leagues right now, defensively. But offensively, [Mesa] has just got to get some at-bats and get his timing down.
\r\n
\r\n\"[But] over all, I think he looks great. I think danger is kind of behind him; I don't think it's in his head anymore. So right now we're trying to get his timing down at the plate.\"
\r\n
\r\nRegardless, Mesa continues to grow with the Thunder and off on the field. His back injury seems to be of no focus anymore.
\r\n
\r\n\"When you see him out there run or swing, whatever he's out there doing physically, you can't even tell he's hurting,\" said Pope. \"I haven't heard him say it's bothering him [anymore either] so I think it's behind him.\"
\r\n
\r\nOnly halfway through the 2011 season, the only intriguing question for this injury was whether or not it was actually a setback or a mere break for the player.
\r\n
\r\n\"He was doing pretty well when he got hurt,\" Pope said. \"Maybe a little bit of a setback just because, like I said, offensively he's starting to come around.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's swinging it really well so now he's kind of back to before he was swinging well. [But] he has to get his timing down and get his confidence going back up again. His confidence was really high right before he got hurt.\"
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\r\n\"The season is not over yet,\" answered Mesa.
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