Overall, Sogard's hitting .188 with a .262 on-base percentage. He has just nine hits in 57 at-bats in May.
"He's struggling a little bit," said Melvin. "The numbers are probably indicative of what he's doing right now. It's not like he's striking out a ton, but he's just not getting good contact right now. We've seen him get hot before, and the feeling is sometimes you start pressing a bit, so an off-day like this is probably a good thing from time to time.
"A couple good games, he'll probably be off to the races, but right now it's a bit of a struggle for him."
Still, Melvin has mostly been sticking with the infielder through his woes.
"It's similar to [Josh] Reddick," he said. "When he's struggling some, his defense always keeps him in the lineup. When you're a two-way player, you give yourself opportunities to be in there on a consistent basis. That has been the case with Sogard at second base."
Sogard has not committed an error this year, and his 170 total chances are the most among second basemen who have not made one.
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