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New York Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano: I Feel Like I’m Still an Everyday Player

June 25th, 2014 at 10:35 AM
By Doug Rush

Alfonso Soriano went from being a jolt of much-needed energy to the New York Yankees team in 2013 to platoon duty in 2014 and essentially, a roster burden.

Back in early June, Soriano was hitting .220 and just .195 against right-handed pitching, the last of which was against the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez; which prompted Joe Girardi to change Soriano's role from being an everyday player to a platoon role and starting against just left-handers.

The 38-year-old veteran, who is currently hitting .231 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 63 games, is now hitting .208 against right-handers; the average went up after getting a single against Blue Jays reliever Dustin McGowan on Tuesday night. He is however, hitting .379 against left-handers, which is why he starts against them while Ichiro Suzuki plays against right-handers.

However, despite the struggles against right-handed pitching, Soriano still feels that he's an everyday player that can still contribute to the team, as per Jorge Castillo of the Newark-Star Ledger:

“Yes, of course I feel like I can play everyday,” Soriano said, speaking in Spanish. “The most important thing is the ability with my hands is there. The most important things are health and the hands. I feel like my bat is there, too. That’s the most important thing for a player to play everyday. So I’m just trying to take it day-by-day and when my opportunity to play everyday comes, if it comes, I’ll be ready.”

Soriano, even though he has accepted his role on the Yankees, still works very hard every day to improve himself with hopes of getting more playing time in the future.

“I try to watch video and watch the game,” Soriano said. “I go to the cage when we’re home. And I always try to keep my mind in the game as if I were playing so when I get the opportunity — if I’m playing or if they give me an at-bat in the game — I’ll be ready. Now that I don’t play everyday, it’s a little more difficult because since I don’t have the same timing I would have playing everyday," Soriano admitted. "And there’s a little more pressure because sometimes I go two, three, four games without playing. It’s not the same as playing four games in a row and not playing one day. It’s a little more difficult, but I’m trying to make the adjustments to get the job done when I get the opportunity."

Both Soriano and Ichiro are platooned in right field because of Carlos Beltran's inability to play the field due to his elbow still feeling pain and relegating him to designated hitter duties.

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