Hermida making noise with his bat

Hermida making noise with his bat

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jeremy Hermida wasn't about to let a strained ligament in his left pinky keep him from playing Tuesday, not this late in camp and certainly not while he was trying to make a good impression on the staff.

So Hermida, two days removed from jamming his finger sliding into third base in a game against the Cubs, stayed in the lineup for Tuesday's split-squad game against the Rangers. As it turned out, the finger wasn't a problem, as he hit two home runs.

"It's a little big of a nagging issue," Hermida said. "But we got it checked out."

After getting two hits Wednesday against the White Sox, Hermida is hitting .350 this spring. He's likely headed to Triple-A Tucson to start the season.

"I think you can always try to improve," Hermida said when asked about his performance this spring. "We've tweaked a few things [with my swing] to get where I want to be."