Pollock sees change in results, not approach
D-backs outfielder hitting his stride in May after sluggish start in April
ST. LOUIS -- D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock said he hasn't changed his approach at the plate over the last several weeks. The only thing different has been the results.
Pollock was named National League Player of the Week along with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig after going 11-for-22 with a .909 slugging percentage.
"He's been outstanding," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
Pollock started the season in a funk at the plate and was hitting .196 midway through April.
After raising his average to .258 by the end of April, Pollock caught fire over the last 10 days, going 16-for-32 with an on-base plus slugging mark of 1.387.
"I think I've had the same approach," Pollock said when asked what the difference was for him. "The beginning of the year was a test. You kind of wonder if you have the right approach and have a little doubt, but eventually, you realize that you've just got to trust what you're doing. I feel like I've had the same approach ever since a couple of weeks into the year. I think a couple of things started to click a little bit. A couple of balls fell in, not lining out at people."
Prado's blurry vision attributed to allergies
ST. LOUIS -- D-backs third baseman Martin Prado was back in the lineup on Tuesday after receiving quite a scare a couple of days before.
Prado removed himself from Sunday's game after experiencing blurred vision in his left eye.
While the team left for St. Louis following Sunday's game, Prado stayed behind in Phoenix on Monday and saw an eye doctor, who diagnosed Prado with having an allergic reaction.
"I was concerned it was only one eye," Prado said. "That's why I wanted to see a doctor to see if there's something else in there. But everything was fine and it was just an allergy in my left eye. With the medicine it goes away."
Hill out of lineup due to sore right shoulder
ST. LOUIS -- D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill was out of the lineup for the third straight game on Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder.
Hill said an MRI taken of his shoulder during the last homestand did not reveal any structural damage and was just a matter of some inflammation.
"He's going to take some ground balls out there during batting practice," manager Kirk Gibson said prior to Tuesday's game. "We're just being cautious. It feels much better. We sat him out there for a couple of days. We had the off day yesterday. He came in here today wanting to play, but we said this is the way we're going to go with it. I think it will be fine."
Hill was initially scratched from the starting lineup prior to Saturday night's game and was never in Sunday's or Tuesday's.
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