Josh VanMeter was a little overwhelmed early in the season.
He can say so now, because the pressure’s off, and he’s straightened out his swing from the bottom of the TinCaps’ order.
VanMeter stumbled badly out of the gates, hitting .197 over the first six weeks of the season.
Since June began, VanMeter’s hit .313 in 32 games.
“Not terrible,” he said after Monday’s 11-6 win over South Bend. “I’m just going into the box relaxed and trying to stay within myself. It’s seemed to work the last month and a half.”
The turnaround has coincided with VanMeter being dropped in the lineup. He has now batted in the nine-hole on 40 occasions, most all of those since mid-May.
“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that when he moved, he started to have some better at-bats and make some adjustments,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. “The work he’s put in is starting to show.”
BAD BACK: Reliever Jason Jester said his back loosened up a bit since he had to leave Saturday’s game, but it remains stiff. Jester was placed on the disabled list Monday and the righty said he doesn’t expect to miss much more than the required seven days.
FRIED SLOT: Max Fried, a top prospect rehabbing a forearm injury in the lower levels of San Diego’s farm system, will pitch Wednesday. Yimmi Brasoban, and the other four starters, will all be moved back a day.