Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Piscotty Works to Fix His Swing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Piscotty Works to Fix His Swing

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MILWAUKEE * While he had to take the time to heal a groin strain, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty used the opportunity to correct his swing.

The Cardinals activated Piscotty from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, and though prospect center fielder Harrison Bader was sent back to Class AAA to make room for Piscotty, the club's outfield remains crowded. With Dexter Fowler (arm) set to return as soon as next week, the team expects to have a rotation of four outfielders into three spots, and a deciding factor in that playing time will be production. Piscotty recognized his was lagging.

"On the personal side, I just want to try and get hot here toward the end," Piscotty said. "My numbers aren't going to be anywhere where I wanted at the beginning of the year. I'm going to try to finish strong. That's my mindset. Get on a hot streak and get rolling. (While rehabbing) I was also keen on cleaning up some things. I felt like I was moving in the right direction."

During spring training Piscotty sought to take a swing that produced 22 homers and an .800 OPS last season and build upon it with a shift at the plate that gave him more time to recognize pitches. In part because of a conspiracy of injuries, Piscotty's slow start and erratic swing have produced a .236 average and a .719 OPS. In the 30 games before his groin injury, Piscotty hit .204 with a .615 OPS .

He identified a length in his swing that was sabotaging any of the work he did in spring, and during his DL stint worked to shorten it. He also said he did work in the weight room to strengthen areas that were limiting his swing.

He did not consider going back to last year's swing.

"I'm trying to get better and be even more dangerous at the plate than I was a the plate last year," Piscotty said. "No, I'm not going back to what I had done. I trying to jump, kind of use that as a good base to jump off an bring some new things."

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