Dellucci taking a breather
Outfielder gives forearms a rest for second straight day
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- David Dellucci rested for the second consecutive day Wednesday, as the Indians outfielder wanted to give his overworked forearms a rest.
Dellucci was limited to 175 at-bats last season before tearing his left hamstring on June 19. The injury required surgery, and Dellucci came to camp this year expected to share left-field duties with Jason Michaels.
Dellucci, however, might be working too hard to make it back. He is hitting only .129 (4-for-31) this spring and admitted Wednesday that his forearms, especially the left one, are tired.
"It's not anything that concerns me," Dellucci said. "This is Spring Training. This is what we do -- practice in the morning and play games in the afternoon. Thursday, I'll be right back where I should be, hitting and throwing."
The 34-year-old worked hard to rehab from the surgery, and then worked extra hard on his hitting and throwing because of the long layoff since his last game.
Until Wednesday, Dellucci hadn't had back-to-back days off since camp began. Dellucci and the Indians decided this was as good a time as any to dial it back for a breather.
"I'm hoping the two days resting my body will allow me to get back in the same form and the same swing I had before," Dellucci said. "I'm right on the edge of getting it all together."
Indians manager Eric Wedge didn't seem too concerned, but he said he thinks the matter affects Dellucci's swing at times.
"He was starting to get it there for a while, [had] a couple of good games, ball's coming off the bat," Wedge said. "He's still got a little issue with his [forearms], still messing around with soreness there. We're trying to get to the bottom of that right now. Hopefully he can pick it back up and get it going."
The tired forearms are unrelated to last year's surgery. Dellucci said the hamstrings are fine and haven't been a problem.
"I don't feel any pain [or] any tenderness," he said. "I worked hard in the offseason to heal, and it's paid off. I haven't had a single issue with it."
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.