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PEORIA http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... tis-jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Francisco Mejia says he’s focusing on his defense, but his offense hasn’t suffered at all.Mejia hit a three-run homer off Texas’ Mike Minor on Thursday. The switch-hitting catcher, who connected from the right side, has reached base in all nine of his Cactus League games. He’s batting .474 (9 for 19) with two homers and three doubles.“It’s a good start. He’s had some really good at-bats, some good swings Greg Holland Jersey ,” manager Andy Green said Thursday.Mejia said he’s tried to stay patient at the plate, but his main focus has been behind the plate. He has a strong arm, but blocking pitches and working with the staff are areas where he’s been asked to improve.“Ever since last season ended, I’ve been working on my defense,” Mejia said through a translator. “I’m focusing on that to make sure I’m getting better.”Mejia was a top prospect in the Cleveland organization. But the Indians had some uncertainty over his ability to play behind the plate and gave him trials at third base and in the outfield. Cleveland ultimately traded the 23-year-old in a deal for All-Star reliever Brad Hand.The move gave Mejia a fresh start at catcher.“I was excited to be able to go back and play the position that I’ve always played http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... tis-jersey ,” Mejia said.For the Padres, Mejia’s presence offers a challenge to incumbent Austin Hedges, a stellar defender who has struggled to hit. Hedges’ offense improved after Mejia was acquired — he hit 10 of his 14 homers following the deal.Mejia managed to get into a few games for the Padres late in the season, hitting three homers including a walk-off grand slam against the Rangers on Sept. 18.He could start the season with San Diego or at Triple-A El Paso.“Wherever the team decides I’m going to be, I’m going to work on the areas where I need to improve http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... tis-jersey ,” Mejia said. ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have sent struggling pitcher Alex Reyes to Triple-A Memphis.The Cardinals made the move before Sunday’s game against San Diego.Reyes had Tommy John surgery in February 2017 and suffered a torn lat strain on May 30, 2018. The 24-year-old righty pitched just once in the majors last year, giving up three hits and two walks in four innings.Reyes has had trouble this year getting his control up to what he called “game speed.” He is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA in four appearances, allowing five earned runs and walking six in three innings.“We need to get him touches,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.The return to Memphis will give him some Tyler Anderson Jersey , “structure,” according to Shildt. It also provides Reyes a chance to work on his repertoire.Shildt said he had an open conversation with Reyes on Saturday discussing his outings and the things he needs to work on to be successful.Reyes is expected to pitch several two-inning stints.