SAN DIEGO -- Omar Infante was back in the lineup on Saturday for the first time since Aug. 2. But slumping Gaby Sanchez is being given a mental day. First base will be manned by Jose Lopez, who made a handful of starts at first in his Mariners days.
Sanchez is really struggling at the plate. He's gone 3 for his last 46, hasn't driven in a run over the past 10 games, and went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position Friday night. Sanchez is hitting just .184 since returning from the All-Star Game. Manager Jack McKeon said that with Sanchez it could be a case of "trying to do too much."
"Take a breather for a day or two or three," McKeon said. "We know he's a pretty good hitter. Right now he's in a rut. Hopefully the only thing he needs is a day or two or three. Who knows? We need him. He was a big force early in the season."
Lopez had three doubles Friday and, with Infante returning to second base, McKeon wanted to keep Lopez's bat in the lineup. Therefore the move to first base.