{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Melvin juggles third amid Donaldson's struggles

Melvin juggles third amid Donaldson's struggles

|
Melvin juggles third amid Donaldson's struggles
ANAHEIM -- A struggling Josh Donaldson has Bob Melvin managing third base like a platoon these days.

Melvin has been careful to note he doesn't view it as such, but on Wednesday he handed the left-handed-hitting Eric Sogard a start against Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, marking his fifth start of the year. He has two hits in his last seven at-bats, while the right-handed Donaldson is just 3-for-29 (.103) in eight starts.

"You're always battling the confidence factor," Melvin said. "He's in the big leagues for the first time for an extended period. You get an opportunity to play every day, and when you struggle it can wear on you. I think certain days, some off-days, would probably do him some good, so that he's not grinding so hard.

"I know the feeling of having to look up at the scoreboard and see what your average is. It's still early enough in the season where, if you have one good game, that thing can pop up in a hurry. We'll pick our spots with him, continue to play him but also try to keep Sogard current."

Melvin said the plan is for Donaldson to return to the lineup Thursday, when the A's are set to face lefty C.J. Wilson.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español