Andrus is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports. The 32-year-old will head to the bench Tuesday while mired in a 3-for-26 slump over his past eight appearances. Vimael Machin receives the start at shortstop and will bat ninth while Andrus receives a day off to reset.
Andrus is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays. Vimael Machin checks in at shortstop for Andrus, who heads to the bench for the first time this season. Though he showed some improvement at the plate during the Athletics' recent 13-game winning streak, Andrus is still sitting on a career-worst .152/.207/.190 slash line through 87 plate appearances.
Andrus went 1-for-2 with a walk, two steals and a run scored in a 7-0 win during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins. These were the first two steals of the season for the 32-year-old, who then went 0-for-2 in the nightcap. Andrus has had a rough start to his first campaign in Oakland, slashing .136/.185/.186 through 18 games with only three RBI and three runs.
Andrus, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly, a double, a walk and a run in a win over the Tigers on Thursday, has hit safely in five of his last six games. The veteran shortstop is still slashing an abysmal .133/.180/.200 across 50 plate appearances, so there's massive room for improvement at the plate. Nevertheless, Andrus has at least begun to emerge from a season-opening 1-for-24 slump that encompassed his first seven games, and he continues to see regular playing time as manager Bob Melvin exercises considerable patience with the 32-year-old.
Andrus will start at shortstop and bat eighth Wednesday against the Dodgers. Andrus has picked up starts in all seven of the Athletics' games, but he has yet to take advantage of the steady playing time. He's one of several hitters struggling at the moment for the 0-6 Athletics, as Andrus has recorded just one hit through his first 21 at-bats.
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