Oswaldo Arcia, mired in a slump, gets benched second day in a row
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MINNEAPOLIS - Oswaldo Arcia hit home runs and line drives when he returned from his wrist injury in late May.
Recently, the only thing he's hit is the skids.
In 11 games following his return to the Twins lineup on May 26, Atrcia hit .378/.378/.733, with four home runs and 12 RBIs. Since then, he's hit .063/.231/.094 with no home runs and 14 strikeouts in 39 plate appearances. Granted, his hot streak and his cold streak are small sample sizes, but it's striking how out of sorts Arcia appears at the plate lately.
"He's just getting out of whack right now. He's swinging a little crazy and he's just got to get back within himself," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"It looks like he's guessing," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He just hasn't been swinging the bat very well."
Arcia was benched Wednesday in Boston and his fill-in, Chris Parmelee, had a good day at the plate. Parmelee went 3-for-4, including a 10th-inning home run that would have made him the hero had the Twins not blown the game in the bottom of the inning. Parmelee was in the lineup Thursday in right field instead Arcia once more, and it's a direct results of Arcia's slump.
"[Arcia] took early [batting practice] today and shortened his swing up a little bit. He was hitting the ball a country mile and that's what he's got to carry over into the games.
"We're just giving him a couple breather days, let him sit and watch, let him get irritated by sitting on the bench. Normally when you do that with a player then he gets tired of sitting on the bench, then he starts focusing a little bit better and hopefully that's what we're going to get with him," Gardenhire said.
Arcia said Thursday afternoon that he feels fine physically and he feels good at the plate. Gardenhire said he wouldn't be opposed to using Arcia as a weapon off the bench Thursday.
"He may come in today [as a pinch-hitter] and get a big hit for us and win a ballgame," Gardenhire said. "That's what we expect out of him. I may use him late in a game--he hits a home run we'll all be fine. Peaches and cream."