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Chris Neault wrote:For the Rangers, this is a questionable move, because they have Chris Davis absolutely tearing up AA pitching to the tune of of a .340/.384/.607 with 10 home runs. A successful stop at AAA, and they could bring him up to man first. Why risk having Blalock injure himself further, even though he would be playing a less physically demanding first base position?
I think Blalock realizes that the rigors of playing third base will likely aggravate his tender left hamstring, and he simply wants to play.
Playing third base requires frequent, forceful hip extension from a squatting position in order to dive for hard-hit balls towards the line and towards the hole.
To dive to either side (especially towards the line) requires forceful hip extension. The hamstrings are powerful hip extensors. In addition, to make long throws across the diamond, he will have to plant on the left leg and use the hamstrings to extend the hip and to stabilize and help decelerate the pelvis during and after release of the ball....
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