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Dave Magadan explains what happened to Jose Iglesias

03.28.12 at 8:01 am ET
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Dave Magadan

FORT MYERS, Fla. – In the flurry of analysis regarding Jose Iglesias’ demotion Tuesday, much was made of Bobby Valentine’s comments regarding when things took a turn for the worse for the shortstop.

The Red Sox manager said, “He’s working on things,” Valentine said of Iglesias. “About two weeks he had a mechanic that looked like it was real functional and I think an 0-for-3 took him out of it. That’s one of the things that he has to develop: confidence in his program.”

It was explained that any concern regarding Iglesias’ offensive progression didn’t revolve around a spring training batting average of .200 or .280 on-base percentage, but rather the loss of an unflinching confidence heading into the regular season.

It was a month-long progression that Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan witnessed first-hand.

“He showed up in spring training kind of what we remembered his set-up being when we first signed him, and did really well in the early batting practice,” Magadan said. “He did great. But it’s just like anything else, once something happens it kind of gets you out of kilter a little bit. He started cheating a little bit he wasn’t recognizing. It’s just a matter of getting the at-bats. He needs to go down there and play every day and get the experience of each at-bat. To me, it’s just a matter of time.”

Considering the setback represented the kind of hurdle that was inevitably going to come Iglesias’ way once he hit the big leagues, could the spring training bump in the road be considered a blessing in disguise?

“You hope that it is,” Magadan said. “The good players learn from their negative time at the plate. If you don’t learn from your struggles then it’s going to be tough. It’s where you make the adjustments and you have that experience now in the back of your head and you take that into the season in Pawtucket or the experience hear.

“That’s the unknown variable with him. He hasn’t had a lot of experience as a professional player, so now how does he respond to this little roadblock. He did a pretty good job last year, when he made the adjustment at the halfway point, now he made an adjustment at spring training, hit a roadblock, so let’s see how he responds to it.”

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