Mike Aviles inability to snap free from a season-long slump may force the Royals to bench their starting shortstop, the Kansas City Star
Aviles found himself on the bench for the third time in eight games Sunday when manager Trey Hillman put light-hitting Luis Hernandez
at shortstop. Hillman then acknowledged it was a choice between Hernandez and Willie Bloomquist
"I thought it was a good opportunity going into (Monday's) off day," Hillman said, "to give Mike a little more rest and, hopefully, clear his mind and allow him to relax a little bit."
Aviles is batting just .202 with one homer and eight RBIs in 28 games. He also has 21 strikeouts in 99 at-bats and a paltry .223 on-base percentage.
Aviles emerged last season as the club's player of the year by batting .325 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs in 102 games.
"The thing I have been encouraged by with Mike," Hillman said, "is his balance at the plate more so than in the first couple of weeks. You hope that carries into production. Some days it has. Unfortunately, several days it hasn't."