Heathcott Back To Full Strength

SCRANTON, PA - Outfielder Slade Heathcott is back to full strength after injuring his quad with the Yankees in late May. After rehabbing with LOW-A Charleston, Heathcott continues to progress in Scranton, whose outfield is now one of the best in the International League.

Outfielder Slade Heathcott has rejoined the surging Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders after injuring his quad with the Yankees in late May. The 24-year old from Texarkana, Texas has had a difficult time staying healthy upon being drafted by the Yankees in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.

“It’s just time off you know," Heathcott said. "It’s just time off and getting back into the swing of things, that’s about it."

Heathcott’s series of injuries began in 2010 where he required shoulder surgery following his debut season with the Charleston RiverDogs. The following season Heathcott continued to improve with the Riverdogs, earning himself a promotion to the Tampa Yankees. However, after only one game in Tampa Heatchott injured his shoulder once again.

He came back strong the following season for the Tampa, where he batted .307 with five home runs in 60 games. These numbers earned Slade his first promotion to Double-A Trenton, where he continued to excel in 2013, batting .261 with eight home runs and 49 RBI’s in 103 games played.

Unfortunately the following season, Heathcott required season-ending knee surgery after playing in only nine games. Even though Heathcott’s been unable to stay healthy, the Yankees lost no faith in him, promoting him to Triple-A Scranton for the start of the 2015 season.

After a little over a month of play in Scranton, the Yankees decided that they had seen enough, calling Heathcott up the bigs for his Major League debut.

Although Heathcott only played six games for the Yankees until hurting his quad, he seemed to be coming into his own as he went 6 for 17, including a home run and 3 RBIs. As competitive as Heathcott is every day, he says that playing with the Yankees has made him even more competitive.

“I learned to just compete every day. The game's about winning and being up there you see those guys all day long, all they do is compete”, Heathcott said.

After playing three games with Charleston, the RailRiders recalled Heathcott as they look to win the division and make a run in the playoffs. As for being ready to go back to the Yankees, Heathcott believes he is physically ready.

“I’m 100 percent but that stuff is out of my control," Heathcott continued. "It doesn’t matter what I feel or what I think, it just matters what they think up there.”

He is still looking to get his timing back in Scranton too. He's hitting just .089 [3-34] in his first nine games back with 15 strikeouts. However, he just says that he goes out there and competes hard every day, and the rest will take care of itself.

“Just competing in the box. I’m not worried about mechanics when the game's started so I just go out there and swing the bat hard,” he concluded.


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