Hinske trying to battle way out of recent funk

Hinske trying to battle way out of recent funk

BOSTON -- As Eric Hinske prepared to serve as the designated hitter in Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox, he was hoping to soon put an end to what has been the most frustrating stretch of his career.

Everything seemed to be right for Hinske when he notched his second multihit performance in a three-day span with four hits against Rockies on May 4. But before recording a double and a two-run triple in Sunday's 9-4 loss, he had recorded just four hits in the 58 at-bats that followed.

"I've got a mechanical problem with my swing and it's nobody's fault but my own," Hinske said. "This is the worst stretch of my career and I'm just trying to fix it."

While watching video, Hinske has clearly seen that he has not been keeping his hands inside the baseball. With his bat too often wrapping around pitches, the left-handed slugger has made a habit out of grounding out to the right side of the infield.

The opportunity to add an extra position player to their lineup in American League parks was not necessarily been beneficial to the Braves this year. Their designated hitters batted .156 (5-for-32) during the nine Interleague road games they played this year.