Almonte Going Good Again

TRENTON, NJ - When Zoilo Almonte went on the disabled list back in May, the team was noticeably affected without their missing piece in their lineup. Feeling bad about his absence, Almonte's hard work paid off in allowing him to recover and play a month later. Now entering the hot month of August, the Dominican Republic native is feeling better than ever.

"He's been good," Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. "We're over the injury and there are no signs of re-occurrence and that's a big thing and a good thing. He's out there playing at one hundred percent which is good.

"He's doing quite well for a guy who's lost a significant amount of time. He's on pace, too. His pace to complete a season is pretty good.

"He lost a fair amount of time but I think he is catching up and doing pretty good. His numbers are good giving him significant stuff with good production."

Feeling nothing but normal now after early season hamstring issues, the 40-man roster member is continuing to work to where he was back in Spring Training and hopes to get even better with time.

"I feel good right now," Almonte said through the help of a translator. "I'm a little more stronger than before because I am working on the part that affected me. Right now, I feel comfortable and ready to go.

"[My leg] does not affect me at all. I just try to do what I dos every time, and play the game. Now it is better than before."

He is coming off of arguably his best month, hitting .302 with seven doubles and seven home runs in the month of July, and with eleven stolen bases in the last two months, there no signs of the hamstring issues that plagued him earlier in the season.

Although Zoilo is high in confidence on his recovery, Tony Franklin still thinks he was better beforehand, but isn't affected by it anymore.

"I think he was a little better before he got injured," Franklin said. "He was hot there for a while, but I don't think it affected him that much. Even with the lost time I think he came back and I think it took him just a few games to get going.

"He's got it going pretty good again. When he got hurt he was playing pretty doggone well. Right now he is sort of hitting and missing, but overall, it's not too bad."

As for now, Almonte is working on the basics of baseball as well as the improvements he wanted to make before he got hurt.

"Everything is good, but it could be better," Zoilo said.

"He's got the chance to play centerfield on a couple of occasions," Franklin said. "I think it's important that these guys play a couple of different positions just in case they're called upon to do so at a higher level.

"His defense is fine. I think he has a heck of an arm. The only thing he can do is improve on what he does and that is what they are basically here to do. He's certainly on the map in a lot of people's eyes and if he continues to play well, it won't be long before he is in the big leagues."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"He's been good,\" Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. \"We're over the injury and there are no signs of re-occurrence and that's a big thing and a good thing. He's out there playing at one hundred percent which is good.
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\r\n\"He's doing quite well for a guy who's lost a significant amount of time. He's on pace, too. His pace to complete a season is pretty good.
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\r\n\"He lost a fair amount of time but I think he is catching up and doing pretty good. His numbers are good giving him significant stuff with good production.\"
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\r\nFeeling nothing but normal now after early season hamstring issues, the 40-man roster member is continuing to work to where he was back in Spring Training and hopes to get even better with time.
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\r\n\"I feel good right now,\" Almonte said through the help of a translator. \"I'm a little more stronger than before because I am working on the part that affected me. Right now, I feel comfortable and ready to go.
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\r\n\"[My leg] does not affect me at all. I just try to do what I dos every time, and play the game. Now it is better than before.\"
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\r\nHe is coming off of arguably his best month, hitting .302 with seven doubles and seven home runs in the month of July, and with eleven stolen bases in the last two months, there no signs of the hamstring issues that plagued him earlier in the season.
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\r\nAlthough Zoilo is high in confidence on his recovery, Tony Franklin still thinks he was better beforehand, but isn't affected by it anymore.
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\r\n\"I think he was a little better before he got injured,\" Franklin said. \"He was hot there for a while, but I don't think it affected him that much. Even with the lost time I think he came back and I think it took him just a few games to get going.
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\r\n\"He's got it going pretty good again. When he got hurt he was playing pretty doggone well. Right now he is sort of hitting and missing, but overall, it's not too bad.\"
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\r\nAs for now, Almonte is working on the basics of baseball as well as the improvements he wanted to make before he got hurt.
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\r\n\"Everything is good, but it could be better,\" Zoilo said.
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\r\n\"He's got the chance to play centerfield on a couple of occasions,\" Franklin said. \"I think it's important that these guys play a couple of different positions just in case they're called upon to do so at a higher level.
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\r\n\"His defense is fine. I think he has a heck of an arm. The only thing he can do is improve on what he does and that is what they are basically here to do. He's certainly on the map in a lot of people's eyes and if he continues to play well, it won't be long before he is in the big leagues.\"
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