ARLINGTON, Texas – Manager Lloyd McClendon made it clear Wednesday that he has no concerns about Kyle Seager and his early-season struggles.
Those feelings haven’t changed, but McClendon wanted to make sure Seager knew how he felt.
So when the Mariners arrived at Globe Life Park on Monday, McClendon had a brief chat with Seager, who was hitting .121 (4 for 33).
The message was simple and to the point.
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“I told him the biggest thing he needs to do is get the hell out of the way of his talent and let his talent take over,” McClendon said. “Sometimes we can outthink ourselves a little bit. He has a nice track record. I think we all would agree that he’s going to hit and he’s going to produce — the sooner, the better. Like I told him, the sooner you get out of the way of yourself and let your talents take over, it will happen.”
Seager appreciated the sentiment, but said his confidence hasn’t been shaken.
He showed that Monday with a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI that raised his average to .162.
Obviously, he’d like to have better numbers, but he said he knows why there is concern among Mariners fans.
“It’s a lot more blown out because it’s the beginning,” he said. “It’s a lot more visual than if you had 400 at-bats. Your average wouldn’t vary as much.”
Playing in Arlington seems to help Seager a lot.
He’s now a career .378 hitter (39 for 103) with 13 doubles, six homers and 17 RBI in 25 games in the stadium.
“I think a lot of lefties like hitting here,” he said.
But he’d be confident regardless of where he was playing.
“I actually feel pretty good,” he said.
• Hisashi Iwakuma will throw a bullpen session Tuesday. If all goes well, he will throw a simulated game of 45 pitches Saturday in Miami. And if all goes well in that, he will go on a rehab assignment, likely with Class AAA Tacoma.
• Tom Wilhelmsen was battling back stiffness this past weekend, which is why he didn’t pitch. McClendon said he didn’t tell the media because he didn’t want the A’s to know he was unavailable.