Miranda Back From Injury, Back On Track

Many Yankees fans were worried when Miranda went down with a shoulder injury, concerned it might affect the progress he had made since his promotion to Triple-A. Since his return on June 16th, Miranda has reassured those who were concerned by hitting .481 in six games since returning from the disabled list. Coupled along side an average of one RBI per game, the first baseman has looked solid.

Since returning, he compiled his first five-hit game of his professional career. The only other time Miranda can remember having that many base knocks in game came as a child.

Speaking through teammate Bernie Castro, he expressed his thoughts when he went down with a shoulder injury in May.

"I was scared," said Miranda. "I was a little afraid to pick up a bat, I didn't want to hurt myself again."

When he returned to Scranton Wilkes-Barre two weeks ago, he did have some concerns when first stepping into the batter's box. Having injured his shoulder in the past, Miranda naturally was more concerned.

"I was scared the first time...swinging and taking balls. The first time is always scary," he admitted.

Miranda does not have the same concerns now. In fact, he feels quite the opposite. His shoulder feels 100 percent, allowing the infielder to bring a spark to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre offense that was missing during his absence.

"It feels okay now. It took some time, but I feel better," he said. "I continue to work hard and I feel 100 percent again."

With his comfort level at the plate seemingly not missing a beat, and Miranda off to a strong start, it's hard to tell he spent one month on the disabled list.

Still, for a player who took over two years away from the game of baseball prior to signing with the Yankees, the rust seems to be completely removed from his game at this point.

There are still concerns, however. Even though it's only been less than a week since Miranda returned from the DL, his strikeout to walk ratio, traditionally one of the weaker areas of his game, is not pretty.

Miranda has yet to draw a walk since returning to the team, but has struck out seven times. While his on-base percentage for the month of June stands at .481, that's the same number as his batting average.

Despite the strikeouts, nobody is complaining out his nearly .500 on-base percentage, but it's clear there's still work to be done. As a member of the 40 man roster, a late season call-up is still possible.

While Jason Giambi has been hot, and Miranda doesn't have a future as a defensive replacement in New York, he has high hopes for the rest of his season.

"My biggest goal is to stay healthy. I feel good, but I wants to keep it that way," Miranda said of his goals for the remainder of the season. "I'll continue to play hard everyday, and help the team make the playoffs."

He wouldn't mind a trip to the Bronx either.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nSince returning, he compiled his first five-hit game of his professional career. The only other time Miranda can remember having that many base knocks in game came as a child.
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\r\nSpeaking through teammate Bernie Castro, he expressed his thoughts when he went down with a shoulder injury in May.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was scared,\" said Miranda. \"I was a little afraid to pick up a bat, I didn't want to hurt myself again.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen he returned to Scranton Wilkes-Barre two weeks ago, he did have some concerns when first stepping into the batter's box. Having injured his shoulder in the past, Miranda naturally was more concerned.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was scared the first time...swinging and taking balls. The first time is always scary,\" he admitted.
\r\n
\r\nMiranda does not have the same concerns now. In fact, he feels quite the opposite. His shoulder feels 100 percent, allowing the infielder to bring a spark to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre offense that was missing during his absence.
\r\n
\r\n\"It feels okay now. It took some time, but I feel better,\" he said. \"I continue to work hard and I feel 100 percent again.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith his comfort level at the plate seemingly not missing a beat, and Miranda off to a strong start, it's hard to tell he spent one month on the disabled list.
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\r\nStill, for a player who took over two years away from the game of baseball prior to signing with the Yankees, the rust seems to be completely removed from his game at this point.
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\r\nThere are still concerns, however. Even though it's only been less than a week since Miranda returned from the DL, his strikeout to walk ratio, traditionally one of the weaker areas of his game, is not pretty.
\r\n
\r\nMiranda has yet to draw a walk since returning to the team, but has struck out seven times. While his on-base percentage for the month of June stands at .481, that's the same number as his batting average.
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\r\nDespite the strikeouts, nobody is complaining out his nearly .500 on-base percentage, but it's clear there's still work to be done. As a member of the 40 man roster, a late season call-up is still possible.
\r\n
\r\nWhile Jason Giambi has been hot, and Miranda doesn't have a future as a defensive replacement in New York, he has high hopes for the rest of his season.
\r\n
\r\n\"My biggest goal is to stay healthy. I feel good, but I wants to keep it that way,\" Miranda said of his goals for the remainder of the season. \"I'll continue to play hard everyday, and help the team make the playoffs.\"
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\r\nHe wouldn't mind a trip to the Bronx either.
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