Navarro confident a turnaround will come
Catcher off to slow start both offensively and defensively
NEW YORK -- Dioner Navarro became an All-Star catcher in 2008 because of his defense and timely hitting, but he is off to a tough start this season, both offensively and defensively.
Navarro entered Monday night's game against the Yankees -- who won, 5-3 -- hitting .206 with three home runs and 13 RBIs, and he experienced a tough day in the field on Saturday, when he committed three throwing errors.
Despite his start, he is not flustered, and he is confident that things will turn around for him.
"I'm fine, we're winning," Navarro said. "That's the most important thing. We've started hitting and pitching well. As long as we're winning, that's what matters. I'm just trying to help my team win, and that's it."
He did admit that he's had a tough time thus far.
"It hasn't been easy," he said. "I don't think right now is as bad as it was in '07. I'm fine -- mentally, I feel fine. I think I've been hitting the ball well, with no luck. I just go out there and play hard every day.
"My numbers speak for themselves. So I know that. My catching, I think I'm doing a good job with my pitchers. There's nothing else I can do but keep working hard."
Navarro smiled and added, "The best is yet to come."
"Can't get any worse than this," he said. "I feel like I'm at the top of my game right now, defensively. Offensively, not so much, but there's still 100-something games to play. So hopefully, things will change a little bit."
Catching coach Bobby Ramos said that Navarro's three errors on Saturday amounted to nothing more than "a bad game," and he does not believe the slow start will affect Navarro's mental state.
"He's really good about stuff like that," Ramos said. "Three years ago he was hitting a buck seventy, and he could have gone in the tank and he didn't. And he ended up hitting [.227]. He got it done the second half of that season. There's no question he will bounce back."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.