The struggling outfielder entered Tuesday with a .156 average, including a .069 mark since being activated from the disabled list last week. Crisp has yet to hit a home run and has just five RBIs, leaving Melvin no choice but to take him out of his regular No. 2 slot in the lineup and move him down to the eighth spot.
"It's just kind of a break," Melvin said. "He'll hit second at some point in time. It's just more about giving him a change of scenery, taking the pressure off, that type of thing."
Crisp, whose place behind Jemile Weeks in the lineup was filled by Collin Cowgill on Tuesday, last hit eighth in the order in 2008 while with Boston. Twice he hit into a double plays in Monday's loss, and three times he left runners in scoring position, stranding a total of eight.
"[His at-bats] haven't been his best," Melvin acknowledged. "I think he'd be the first to admit that. You start to grind on it pretty hard, and he takes what he does pretty seriously. He gets on base and creates some havoc, and he hasn't been able to do that.
"I know it's bothering him, but we have all the confidence in him in the world and know it's just going to take a game or two to get back to doing what he normally does."