About the last thing Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wants is Loney doing anything that will change his batting swing, which is Loney's tendency.
For example, after going 3-for-11 during the three-game series in Milwaukee, Loney struck out in his first at-bat in Houston on Friday night and Mattingly immediately noticed a mechanical difference.
"I figured he must have taken a roll of quarters and gone to the local batting cage and somebody he knows there changed him," Mattingly said of Loney, who grew up in Houston. "I had [hitting coach Dave Hansen] pull up that at-bat and one from Milwaukee and told James to go look at them. When he came back and said, 'My bad,' that's when I knew he changed something."