Talk about your early struggles and what adjustments you made to start clicking again.
Yeah, I have had some early struggles but I¹m a patient guy, I'm working on some things, but I have to tell myself, I haven't played since last July. I missed a lot of at bats last year so I think it's gonna take a little longer to get in a groove this year but things are coming around, I'm starting to
feel better and it shouldn¹t be long.
Do you feel like you had been pressing to get back to the Angels?
No, I like it (in Triple-A). I loved that team. It was a lot of fun. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and with a team like that it takes a lot of pressure off of me and some of the other prospects there. So I don't feel pressure. I
was in a little funk and I'm working my way out of it.
You have been extremely clutch, hitting well with runners in scoring position. What changes for you in those situations?
Any RBI-type guy who drives in runs, you tend to focus more, pitchers make mistakes more because they're worried about base-runners so you have a
tendency to get more pitches to hit, better pitches to hit with men on base.
In that situation you've got to focus in and do something when you get your
When did you truly feel comfortable with the back and hip injuries?
I'm still getting to that level with everything. Once I got through spring training and was able to be out here to play every day for a few weeks. I feel comfortable with it. It's a hundred percent now so I can focus on baseball.
You stole 30 bases back in 2002, are we ever going to see that speed again?
I don't know with the hip surgery and back problems. I don't know. I'm
really waiting to be healthy for a full year so I can really work on it all
season and off season. I'll try to get it back but 30, probably no.
And do you think it is fair to steal on shortstops and second basemen who
aren't used to seeing a linebacker coming at them?
I think they're quick enough to get out of the way most of the time and probably a little smarter than that.
Not so long ago, you said there was nothing to prove at the Triple-A level. Was that something that was taken out of context - or do you still
feel the same way?
When I said that, some people took that out of context obviously but what I
meant was I've played at that level and I've done extremely well at that
level and what I meant was that I think I'm ready for my chance at the big
leagues. Maybe I could have said it a little better but I feel like I am
ready for my chance at the big leagues and hopefully (now) I'll prove it.
Just before he was recalled by the Angels, FutureHalos caught up with slugging third baseman Dallas McPherson to get his thoughts on his work to get back to the big leagues, hitting with runners on and his work on the basepaths.