4/5 DeJesus finds timing, wind
David DeJesus may have found a timing device in the last few days of Spring Training that should help the Cubs outfielder at the plate. DeJesus batted .220 this spring and the Cubs leadoff man was struggling until he watched some video with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.
“It pretty much came down to timing,” DeJesus said Thursday. “It’s like, ‘When do I start loading off the pitcher?’ At the end of Spring Training, I felt I was getting more confident starting at the right time. Sometimes I’d be late and my foot is up in the air and the ball is already coming. It’s always a process — that’s the way the game is. It’s just finding the little thing to get me on time I think will help me out.”
The Cubs are counting on DeJesus as their leadoff man. He’s new to Wrigley Field, and Thursday was his first game there. On Wednesday, during the workout, he got a feel for how crazy the wind is.
“I threw up some grass the first time and I had no clue — it just started blowing in a circle and I thought, ‘All right, where do I go with that?’” DeJesus said. “You just have to make sure you catch it with two hands. Every guy who has played right field for the Cubs has gone through it and I’ll try my best and try to make the play.”
– Carrie Muskat