GLENDALE, Ariz. -- So Dayan Viciedo, how is the leg-lift experiment going?
"I'm trying it slowly,'' Viciedo said Friday. "One step at a time. I want to try this and give it a good shot, but at the same time I want to stay original with my own swing as well. It's something I'm adding but going slowly until I feel real comfortable.''
Viciedo is trying a scaled-down version of assistant hitting coach Harold Baines' lift when Baines was playing. Hitting coach Jeff Manto suggested it to help his timing on off-speed pitches. Manto made it clear early-on that if Viciedo didn't like it he could scrap it.
"I plan to continue to try it but I want to give it time, take it slowly so the changes aren't drastic,'' Viciedo said through a translator.
"I feel better with every game that goes by,'' Viciedo said. "I don't get to play winter ball so this time is my time to really get ready and prepare for the season. Every day I'm making adjustments and doing something different.''
Viciedo launched an opposite-field liner to right center for a grand slam against the Cubs Friday. It was a beautiful sight to manager Robin Ventura, who likes seeing Viciedo use the entire field.
"When I concentrate on hitting the ball back through the middle and the other way I have really good power and my swings are more consistent that way,'' Viciedo said.