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Evidence shows Nakajima having trouble adjusting

One thing this spring has already proven is that it’s not going to be easy for Hiroyuki Nakajima.

He’s in his first year in the U.S. from Japan, and he just doesn’t look comfortable eiher at shortstop or at the plate. How soon he does will determine when, or even if, he claims the starting shortstop job for which the A’s signed him.

    Talking about Nakajima Sunday morning, manager Bob Melvin admitted as much.

“He’s just feeling his way around,’’ Melvin said. “He’s not quite there yet.’’

Specifically, Nakajima came into Sunday with three errors, one in each of his last two starts, a .214 batting average and no evidence that he’ll be able to pull the ball.

“Each guy has to get acclimated (in his own way),’’ the manager said. “His personality is always good. He’s always in a good mood. He’s not moping, and that’s good.

“When you are playing for a new team in a new league, it takes time to get there, and he’s not there yet.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.