Arenado takes in atmosphere at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- Rockies rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado, just 22, came to town marveling at the history of Wrigley Field.

"I took a picture yesterday and sent it to my brother," Arenado said. "It's old school, and old school is pretty cool. I don't like the fact that we got beat [5-1 on Monday], but it was cool to see the place and see all the fans there."

Arenado generally has hit balls hard, although he entered Tuesday 3-for-13 on the road trip. Still, he felt he needed an early batting session Tuesday to get the feel of a controlled swing and choke off any tendency to overswing. For several rounds, he concentrated on hitting to the gaps or up the middle. Only toward the end of his session did he begin to swat balls into the bleachers.

"I'm just trying to stay within myself," Arenado said. "In the game, I'll let go and take my hacks, but I wanted to concentrate today on staying on top of the baseball."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.