Mahtook is out of the lineup Tuesday night against the Red Sox, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.
Mahtook is in the midst of a horrible showing at the plate. Over the last 14 games, Mahtook has gone 4-for-41 (.098) with 15 strikeouts. With Mahtook out, Tampa Bay will start Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kiermaier, and Steven Souza in the outfield.
Mahtook is mired in a slump of epic proportions, now having gone hitless in his last 29 at-bats, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The struggling outfielder's season line is now down to an atrocious .136/.196/.165 following another 0-for-3 performance in Sunday's 8-4 victory over the Rangers. Mahtook did manage to draw a walk in his final at-bat, his first free pass since Aug. 8. Despite his last hit having come back on Aug. 9 against the Blue Jays, manager Kevin Cash has stuck with Mahtook, but that has at least partly been out of necessity in recent days, with both Nick Franklin (concussion) and Kevin Kiermaier (hip) having been sidelined. With Kiermaier having returned in a pinch-hitting role Sunday, Mahtook may find himself riding the pine for a much-needed mental break beginning with Monday's tilt versus the Red Sox.
Mahtook's six-game starting streak will come to an end with Nick Franklin replacing him in the corner outfield. During that span, Mahtook went just 4-for-21 with eight strikeouts, which actually raised his batting average up to .163 over 86 at-bats this season. Franklin has shown far more promise at the plate of the two players so far during the campaign, so he likely ranks ahead of Mahtook on the depth chart at this point.
Mahtook got the start in center field and went 2-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
It was a nice showing for Mahtook in his first action since being activated Saturday. Kevin Kiermaier remains mired in a slump, hitting just .152 (10-for-66) since he came off the DL after the All-Star break, so Mahtook could begin to force his way into the lineup on at least a semi-regular basis if he catches fire at the plate.
Mahtook (hand) was activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Mahtook is ready to resume playing in big league games after recovering from the broken hand he suffered in June. He will take the roster spot of Desmond Jennings, who is heading to the disabled list, and will work as a reserve outfielder for the Rays.
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