"He's just swinging and missing at a lot of stuff, working at-bats and such," Ventura said. "I think he just needs a day [off]."
The team's hottest hitter lately has been second baseman Gordon Beckham, who batted .343 (12-for-35) with a double, two homers and five RBIs during his eight-game hit streak entering play Tuesday. Ventura said Beckham has benefited from a stronger lineup in 2014 after he appeared to be pressing at times during his 2013 campaign.
"When other guys are contributing, it's easier to kind of stay in your lane and do what you do best," Ventura said. "That's what he's doing."
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