08/01/08 7:42 PM ET
Izturis returns to hitting from both sides
Cards shortstop batted right-handed only for about a week
By Lee Hurwitz / MLB.com
On July 23, Izturis announced he would no longer switch-hit, batting from the right side only. Even though he was batting .310 in the eight games since, he feels more comfortable facing right-handed pitchers from the left side of the plate.
"I was trying to do something different -- trying to get my confidence back," Izturis said. "But it never crossed my mind that I wanted to hit all right-handed."
Having to hit sinkers and sliders from right-handed pitchers became problematic for Izturis, who said he felt out of place in those types of situations.
Izturis went back to switch-hitting while the Cardinals were in Atlanta and felt he rediscovered his stroke to the point where he now feels it makes more sense to switch-hit again.
"He's actually been swinging better, I thought, left-handed a couple of times," manager Tony La Russa said.
Lee Hurwitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.