Advertisement

 NEW YORK (AP) -Doug Mientkiewicz is confident he can help the New York Yankees win down the stretch and in the postseason - even if he isn't 100 percent.
Mientkiewicz was in the starting lineup for the third straight night Tuesday as the Yankees faced the Baltimore Orioles. Known for his strong defense, the first baseman has come up with some important hits since he returned after having surgery to repair a broken right wrist.
``He's made some big plays,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ``He's had an effect on our games.''
Mientkiewicz hurt his wrist in a collision with Boston's Mike Lowell on June 2 and had surgery 10 days later. He was activated Sept. 1 after a 10-game rehabilitation assignment in the minors, where he batted .400 with a homer, six doubles and 15 RBIs.
Mientkiewicz, a career .269 hitter, has swung the bat well in limited action since he came off the DL. He went 2-for-3 to help New York beat AL East-leading Boston 4-3 on Sunday, then followed that with a two-run single and two walks in the Yankees' 8-5 win over Baltimore on Monday.
He was hitting .226 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 124 at-bats when he got hurt, and it seems the wrist injury has helped him at the plate.
``When they first cleared me to swing, I noticed something right away, that my wrist would give me pain if I swung, let's say wrong,'' he said. ``If I came under the ball, my wrist hurt. When I came back and started swinging, when I was flatter, my wrist didn't hurt.''
The defense is still there, too. Mientkiewicz made a terrific diving stop against the Red Sox on Sunday, possibly saving two runs. He won a Gold Glove in 2001 with Minnesota, and his .996 fielding percentage is third-highest among first basemen with 500 or more career games.
``We have enough offense to where I can do the little things to help us win games,'' Mientkiewicz said.
He got another start against the Orioles because Torre said Jason Giambi had a bruised foot from being hit by a pitch in the series opener. X-rays on Giambi's foot were negative.

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Marlins can't slow down scorching Cardinals Jaime Garcia’s on pace to make his most starts in a single campaign since 2011. Still, that doesn’t mean the 3_-year-old is enamored with his 2016 body of work...
Thumbnail Astros stand in path of Tigers' fifth straight W Justin Verlander may or may not have stepped into a time machine. Either way, Detroit loves the vintage form it’s seeing from the venerable...
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Angels Prediction Can the Angels pull off the upset tonight when they host the Red Sox at 9:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Royals vs. Rangers Free Pick The Royals continue to scuffle but can they pull off the upset tonight in Texas when they visit the Rangers at 8:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Smyly, Rays could push Yanks into 2017 mode After a stretch that saw them claim eight of 10 games, the Yankees have dropped two in a row. Can Joe Girardi’s crew recover in time for today’s showdown vs....
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages