{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

McGehee an important early-season player

McGehee an important early-season player

|
McGehee an important early-season player
LOS ANGELES -- Casey McGehee should be feeling like the bomb squad member who's called in when no one else can do the job. Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw? "Get me McGehee."

And the Pirates third baseman is loving the opportunity to start against the National League's top left-handed pitchers, as well as making the most of it.

In the early going, McGehee has looked less like the guy who struggled to a .233 average last season with the Brewers, and a lot more like the feared hitter who led Milwaukee in RBIs in 2010. Not coincidentally, McGehee has also been thinking like his '10 model.

"I've made it a point to just go with it, react to pitches and drive them the best I can," McGehee said. "Last year, I got into a trap of overthinking everything. Just trying a more relaxed approach."

Manager Clint Hurdle, who has noticed, said that "McGehee is going to be an interesting player for us," which could become one of 2012's top understatements.

Early Tuesday, McGehee gave indication he was pumped for his at-bats against Kershaw. He blasted numerous batting practice pitches into the seats -- including one majestic drive that nearly cleared the roof of Dodger Stadium's left-field pavilion into the parking lot.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español