Garrison Lassiter felt some pain in his shoulder in January and believes that the wear and tear from playing so much caused his injury. He is doing shoulder exercises every day to get his arm back in shape.
The Yankees drafted the left-handed batter, who hails from High Point, NC, in 2008 during the 27th round.
Lassiter, 20, is currently batting .274 and in his 175 at-bats he has recorded 48 hits, eight doubles, 20 RBIs, 14 walks and 44 strikeouts.
"I feel like I'm playing pretty well since I've come back from the injury," he said. "I'm just trying to learn third base and staying consistent."
"I think last series he's been the same guy that we saw in Spring Training, " said RiverDogs manager Torre Tyson. "He's hit his way on the team and he's trying to learn a new position at third, and that is a hard thing to ask a 20-year old [to do] at this level.
"His average is still there and he's starting to hit a couple extra baseball hits the past days so hopefully well see the power numbers increase, too."
Lassiter admits that he got a little frustrated with his injury, especially since he was playing well. He understands that almost all players will experience that at some point.
Dealing with his injury, Lassiter had to make some adjustments.
"I'm just going in every day and trying to get it [his shoulder] better," he continued. "I'm keeping a level head and staying consistent with what I'm doing."
Lassiter is experiencing some challenges at third, but is adjusting well.
"There are definitely different angles at third base," he said. "I've played thousands of games at shortstop and the throws at third are different."
Lassiter also would like to improve on staying patient at the plate, swinging at strikes and making good throws to first base.
"Offensively, right before his injury he was still working on some things," said RiverDogs hitting Greg Colbrunn. "He's still a young first-year player getting some AB's, but he just needs to be a lot more consistent."
The youngster's injury has not set him too far back as his work ethic and desire have aided in his recovery. And from all accounts, he seems to be picking up right where he left off.
Lassiter Picking Up Where He Left Off
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