Mesa Easing His Way Back

With a completion of 20 games straight of arm stiffness arm that kept him out of action, Melky Mesa continues to improve his overall game, raising his total batting average and recently getting back into the outfield.

"It's just arm stiffness," Mesa said when asked about his current injury. "[I'm doing] rehab and physical therapy. I'm working hard to get better. I'm feeling better than before."

Although spirits are high and well in Melky's case, keeping slow and steady is the main concern to getting his arm back to its' full capabilities.

"He is looking good," Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. "He is back in there and as we always try to do, we try to be as careful and cautious as we can with him and give him enough time to completely recover.

"He took infield [the other day] and threw the ball well [with] tremendous arm strength and now he is back in and we're looking forward to it."

Although taking it easy on the field, the centerfielder can't help but give it his all in the batter's box, allowing some better hitting lately to add to his growing average. But don't be fooled - Melky hasn't made any drastic changes to his practices or workouts.

"I just work on everything and try to get perfect in what I do," Mesa said. "So far, it is working for me. I just try to work hard like I do in everything. I take advantage of everything and play the game."

In recent games, some pitchers have managed to get the best of the 6-foot-1, 190 pound fielder, but that doesn't mean he can't come back into his normal swinging ways. With his new found recognition of pitches and patience at the plate, a fully recovered Mesa means trouble for other organizations.

"I don't particularly know how he swung over in Erie because I wasn't there," said Franklin. "He popped some balls and got a little bit unlucky and they made some pretty good plays on him.

"I've only seen him play [a few] games as a DH, but it is not enough time for me to [see] where he is right now. He has hit some balls on the nose which is very good, though. He's done quite well."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's just arm stiffness,\" Mesa said when asked about his current injury. \"[I'm doing] rehab and physical therapy. I'm working hard to get better. I'm feeling better than before.\"
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\r\nAlthough spirits are high and well in Melky's case, keeping slow and steady is the main concern to getting his arm back to its' full capabilities.
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\r\n\"He is looking good,\" Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. \"He is back in there and as we always try to do, we try to be as careful and cautious as we can with him and give him enough time to completely recover.
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\r\n\"He took infield [the other day] and threw the ball well [with] tremendous arm strength and now he is back in and we're looking forward to it.\"
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\r\nAlthough taking it easy on the field, the centerfielder can't help but give it his all in the batter's box, allowing some better hitting lately to add to his growing average. But don't be fooled - Melky hasn't made any drastic changes to his practices or workouts.
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\r\n\"I just work on everything and try to get perfect in what I do,\" Mesa said. \"So far, it is working for me. I just try to work hard like I do in everything. I take advantage of everything and play the game.\"
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\r\nIn recent games, some pitchers have managed to get the best of the 6-foot-1, 190 pound fielder, but that doesn't mean he can't come back into his normal swinging ways. With his new found recognition of pitches and patience at the plate, a fully recovered Mesa means trouble for other organizations.
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\r\n\"I don't particularly know how he swung over in Erie because I wasn't there,\" said Franklin. \"He popped some balls and got a little bit unlucky and they made some pretty good plays on him.
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\r\n\"I've only seen him play [a few] games as a DH, but it is not enough time for me to [see] where he is right now. He has hit some balls on the nose which is very good, though. He's done quite well.\"
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