NEW YORK -- Mets left fielder Vinny Rottino is trying to mimic the approach outfielder Mike Baxter has taken this season. Rottino has had several conversations with Baxter about adjusting to situational hitting in the Major Leagues.
"Baxter talks about it being a feel. Once you feel that in the cage and take it out in the game, just kind of getting in a routine of it," Rottino said. "I told [manager Terry Collins] the first time when they sent me down, 'This role, I'll figure it out. It's just a matter of getting comfortable doing it, coming off the bench and not playing every day.' I just think that's it, getting used to the mentality and the mindset."
After hitting his first Major League home run on Saturday, the 32-year-old Rottino found his name back in the starting lineup on Monday. Baxter has earned regular playing time this season behind a .345 average after thriving as a pinch-hitter to start the year. Rottino is looking to take a similar path as Baxter, proving himself worthy of further playing time by executing strong at-bats when he's called upon.
Rottino entered Monday 3-for-9 with three runs scored since getting recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 21.