Alen Hanson returns to the lineup tonight after taking three days to focus on his defense and clear his head.
Alen Hanson was out of the lineup the last three days in Bradenton after committing three errors in Sunday's game. Hanson has ten errors on the year, and that number could easily be much higher, as some errors were ruled hits. He will return to the lineup tonight, playing shortstop and batting leadoff.
The shortstop was held out of the last three games to concentrate on his defense. He worked on simple fielding drills, only focusing on fielding the ball without throwing it. That's something he was doing at different times in Spring Training, with the focus being funneling the ball to his body to allow him to set up for an accurate throw to first base.
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