Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/24/12

If the Atlanta Braves want to challenge the Washington Nationals and New York Mets for the NL East lead, they need Eric Hinske to contribute both as a pinch hitter and an occasional spot starter.

Hinske hopes that a mechanical adjustment has put an end to what was one of the worst stretches at the plate in his major league career.

The 34-year-old utility player has been a career .251 hitter over the past 11 years, but Hinske has been flirting with the dreaded Mendoza line this season.

He seemed lost at the plate of late, recording just four hits in his last 58 at-bats to see his average dip to .196 before he went to the videotape.

The University of Arkansas product realized that he was not keeping his hands inside the baseball. As a result, Hinske was grounding out to the right side of the infield.

Hinske's video session paid almost immediate dividends for the Braves. Getting a start as the designated hitter Sunday at Fenway Park, Hinske went 2-for-2 and drove in two runs in Atlanta's 9-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the rubber game of the three-game series. It was Hinske's first multi-hit effort since May 4, in the rarefied air of Coors Field.

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