Dodgers shorstop Jimmy Rollins starting to emerge from slump

first_imgRollins said in his head he knows not to get wrapped up in the ups and downs, but admitted it is hard when a sub-.200 average is staring at you from the mega scoreboards across the league.“You try not to, but at the end of the night, you still have human emotions,” Rollins said. “You’ve got to allow yourself to work through it without digging too big of a ditch.”The ditch was starting to look like a well as Rollins’ average plummeted to .162 on May 6.Though Rollins went 0 for 3 with a walk Sunday, his batting average of .196 is finally within sight of the dreaded Mendoza line (.200).VIDEO: Watch manager Don Mattingly reflect on Jimmy Rollins “I think Jimmy has been fine for a little while actually,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I don’t know if the numbers have sowed it out, but just from what we see watching him at the plate and contact and everything else, I feel like Jimmy’s been swinging the bat well.”Rollins said the biggest thing is not to panic.“You’ve got to continue to work and trust the process,” Rollins said. “A lot of the time, it’s trusting the work that you’re doing and translating it into the game. When you don’t have the results, you can’t let it be the end of what you are doing. You have to continue to work. Continue to take it into the game.“Eventually, hopefully, eventually, you start getting results.”Hernandez wins battle with wallKiké Hernandez went head-to-head with the Dodger Stadium center-field wall Saturday. This time, Hernandez won the battle.Hernandez made a spectacular catch, sprinting straight back and hauling in a Michael McKenry drive just before face-planting the wall.“I’m a little sore everywhere, but that’s fine. I made the catch,” Hernandez said. “If I didn’t make the play, I’d be hurting more.”Hernandez has already proved to be a versatile commodity, having played in center field, right field and shortstop while batting .296 in 27 at-bats.“Kiké’s really shown how versatile he is for us. He has played shortstop and can play all three outfield spots,” Mattingly said. “He’s a valuable guy.”VIDEO: Watch Mattingly talk about Hernandez’s catch and versatilityPeralta to start throwing soonDodgers reliever Joel Peralta said he will start throwing again next week.Peralta, a veteran in the back of the Dodgers bullpen who was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay this offseason, has been on the disabled list since April 26 with right shoulder soreness.“Nothing close yet, but I’ll start throwing next week,” Peralta said. “It’s getting better though.”Peralta went 1-0 with three saves in 5.3 scoreless innings.Around the hornMattingly confirmed what he hinted at Saturday: Kenley Jansen will resume his ninth-inning role as closer. … Mattingly said rehabbing pitcher Brandon Beachy came out fine from his session Saturday throwing to live-hitters. The next step is another live-hitting session. … Mattingly is now 2 for 10 in overturning challenges after losing one in the third-inning on Justin Turner’s stolen-base attempt.VIDEO: Manager Don Mattingly on Brandon Beachy’s Saturday session The hits are starting to come. The at-bats are gaining in quality. His average is climbing ever so slightly.Perhaps Jimmy Rollins is starting to find his groove at the plate.“We don’t like talking about those things,” Rollin said in a hushed conspiratorial tone. “But it’s nice to get hits.”With four hits Friday and a late-inning double Saturday, Rollins is starting to show signs of shaking off the worst slump in his 18-year career.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img