"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.