{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Nakajima adjusting to Majors and new home

|
Nakajima adjusting to Majors and new home play video for Nakajima adjusting to Majors and new home

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Hiroyuki Nakajima's .176 Spring Training batting average is not where he or the Athletics organization would like it to be, but manager Bob Melvin is being patient.

Melvin is evaluating Nakajima differently than the rest of the players in camp because his situation is, well, different.

"It's easy to sit here and look at his performance … [but] he is having a lot of things he has to deal with that nobody else is," Melvin said. "He is going through a lot more."

The shortstop hit .311 in Japan last season, so the A's know he has talent and potential. However, Nakajima is adjusting to not only life in the Major Leagues, but to life in America as well.

"There's a learning curve for him right now, and everyone handles that differently," Melvin said. "It's difficult to come into this country and have to deal with the things he's had to deal with that aren't just on-field stuff."

While some of the off-the-field adjustments will come with time, the A's are trying to get the 30-year-old shortstop ready for the regular season as soon as possible.

Nakajima was not in Oakland's lineup Thursday, but he will get some at-bats with the Minor League team.

"[We are] trying to combat lack of experience here by getting him some more at-bats, but not overdo it to where we wear him out," Melvin said.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español