Snyder Good To Go

TAMPA, FL - There are two indisputable facts in regards to Matt Snyder; he can flat-out hit and he hasn't been able to stay healthy. The former Ole Miss standout has amassed a grand total of 458 career at-bats through his first three seasons while dealing with a slew of different injuries. He says he is feeling healthy these days, however, and he believes he is ready for the 2015 season.

"I'm feeling good, really, really strong," he said. "I worked out really, really hard this offseason, trying to keep everything going. I've got to get my legs going.

"They're a little sore right now but it's Spring Training so I've got to get them going for the start of the season. It's just one of those things where you have to get over the hill and once you get over the hill you're good to go."

Name the injury and he's had it over the years; torn hamstring, broken wrist, shoulder dislocation, broken jaw, and most recently breaking his forearm after getting hit by a pitch last August.

The forearm injury has been healed for some time though and this is the first Spring Training camp since his 2012 selection where he hasn't been rehabbing an injury and has been playing with his peers in games.

"I started pretty much right from the get-go," he revealed. "The at-bats came a little slow at first but they've started coming more. It's good. I'm seeing the ball really well so I'm loving it."

He says his upper body is really strong right now but it still looking to get his game legs under him, especially considering how much time he has missed over the years. Not worried about the past, he is simply looking to put his freak injury history behind him.

"I'm very much looking forward to it," he said with a smile. "I've been dreaming about it. I really haven't had a full healthy season since I've been here with the Yankees. I want to do everything I can to make the Yankees look good by staying healthy and having production on the field.

"I appreciate everything they've done for me so far. It's been unbelievable the amount of attention they've given me with my injuries and the positive feedback. Not a lot of teams would do that for a guy so I can't tell anybody enough how much I appreciate what they've done."

While he's beyond thankful for the patience the Yankees have shown him through the many rehabs, he also realizes he is running short on time to pay them back with production on the field. Despite the innumerable injuries Snyder still believes he can be the player he was before the rash of injuries arose.

"One thing that's never been a problem for me is hitting and seeing the ball well," he said. "Really the only thing is I want to make sure my legs get back to where they need to be. They will be. It's a grind. Like I said, it's just getting over that hump.

"I'm really looking forward to that because I've been feeling great and [Tommy] Slater, our new hitting coach in Tampa, we've got a new drill we've been doing and it's been working real well. Health is all I've really ever been worried about."

While many would have to excuse Snyder if there's a part of him waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop with another injury at some point down the road, Snyder says he's not concerning himself with things he can't control. He's healthy right now and he believes he good to go for 2015.

"Once Spring Training gets over with and we're getting into games, and we're a little less on our feet all day like we are in camp, I feel like everything will be back to where it needs to be. I'll be good to go for sure," he concluded.


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