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Boesch will continue to swing away in Salt Lake after deadline

By Ryan Miller

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 11:15 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 1 2014 12:52 p.m. MDT

Bees' Brennan Boesch swings for the ball during a baseball game at Smith's Ballpark Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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SALT LAKE CITY — At 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon the MLB trade deadline officially came and went — Brennan Boesch was still on the Bees.

The power-hitting outfielder has spent the season trying to prove that his swing has returned after recovering from various injuries in recent years. The one time major league staple has been doing just that, hitting .364 with 19 home runs and 68 RBI’s coming into Thursday night’s game which Salt Lake trailed 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth at the Deseret News deadline.

Even with his numbers up, Boesch hasn’t been able to crack the big league line up following a short cameo in April with the Angels. When fellow outfielder J.B. Shuck was called up on July 26th as an injury replacement, it showed just how far down Boesch is in the Angels outfielder pecking order.

So is Boesch disappointed he didn’t find himself in a better situation after the deadline?

“I don’t look at it that way at all,” He said prior to Thursday game. “I feel good, I’m doing what I want to do and I don’t think to much about that stuff. I just let numbers and things sort themselves out.”

In early July the numbers were working against Boesch. Leading up to the triple-A all-star game on July 16th, Boesch had gone 15 games without hitting a home run. The break seemed to do him some good.

In his last 10 games prior to Thursday, Boesch is hitting .395 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s.

“Just ebb and flow man,” Boesch said of his recent power surge. “It’s a mentally tough sport especially at this level. I’ve been adjusting all year from being in the big leagues the last couple years. From the travel to the style of pitchers just a little of everything.”

With the injuries that he has recovered from Boesch is focusing on the positives the season has provided. First and foremost — being on the field consistently.

“I’m having fun, I really am, this year’s been fun,” Boesch said. “It’s been good to show everyone I’m healthy after not playing last year and missing a lot of time. For me, I’m just glad to be on the field on a consistent basis and I know when I’m healthy what I can do.”

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