RedHawks' Lucas Harrell learning how to swing a bat all over again
Lucas Harrell pitched sixth scoreless innings Wednesday night for the Oklahoma City RedHawks. He gave up four hits and walked three. Nine strikeouts also contributed to a strong outing as Oklahoma City whipped Nashville 6-3 in a Pacific Coast League baseball game at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.
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But Harrell's hitting is another story.
Claimed off waivers from the American League's Chicago White Sox earlier this month, Harrell had to put a bat on his shoulder once again.
“Ha,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco quickly responded when asked about Harrell's hitting. “We just need him to bunt; he needs to work on his bunting. He may hurt himself if he swings.”
Harrell laughed a lot when talking about his hitting prowess as the Ozark High School (Mo.) graduate hasn't hit since his high school days, eight years ago. Now he's with the Houston Astros, a National League organization.
“It's definitely a transition for me,” Harrell said. “I got to do batting practice full time this year before we played Arizona. I took batting practice a couple times, but I haven't done a lot of hitting.”
Until Wednesday's game, Harrell hadn't registered a hit in two starts for the RedHawks.