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Eric Wedge gives Chone Figgins a couple days off to regroup

May 31, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

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Mariners manager Eric Wedge has finally decided to put the struggling Chone Figgins out of his misery.

At least for a little while.

According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Figgins will get the next couple of days off in order to clear his head. Luis Rodriguez will make the start at third base tonight against the Orioles, though Wedge was quick to mention that this is not a permanent change.

“I’m going to give Chone a couple of days just to get him away from it a little bit,” Wedge said. “Obviously I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about him and a few of the other guys, too. We’re looking to navigate through this the best way we feel like (we can) to get him back on track as quick as possible.”

Figgins is batting .190/.232/.256 ┬áhitless over 209 plate appearances this season and is hitless over his last 22 at-bats dating back to May 23. The 33-year-old is two years removed from leading the American League in walks, but is currently drawing walks at a career-low rate of 5.3 percent. Meanwhile, he is just 7-for-12 in stolen base attempts. His line drive percentage has dropped sharply over the past two seasons, so his current batting average isn’t just a matter of bad luck. There’s a real chance we’re watching his decline.

The Mariners signed Figgins to a four-year, $36 million contract in December of 2009. He is still guaranteed $9 million in 2012 and $8 million in 2013.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    you could give him the next 2 years off and its not going to do him any good

  2. kiwicricket - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    “hitless over 209 plate appearances this season and is hitless over his last 22 at-bats dating back to May 23″
    Goodness me!

  3. hoopmatch - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Is Fone Chiggins clearing his head or regrouping? Your headline says regrouping. Story says clearing his head.

    I might add that it’s impossible for a single person to regroup. It takes two or more to regroup.

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