Hechavarria is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Hechavarria will sit for the second time in three days, despite his 1-for-4 showing at the plate Tuesday actually improving his slash line to .215/.236/.267 since he was acquired from the Marlins in late June. The Rays traded for Hechavarria for his solid glove at shortstop first and foremost, but they surely didn't expect him to be as easy of an out as he has been. His uninspiring offense has prompted manager Kevin Cash to lean more frequently on Daniel Robertson, who will draw a third consecutive start in the middle infield Wednesday.
Hechavarria is out of the lineup Monday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rays manager Kevin Cash was eager to give utility man Daniel Robertson a start after he spent the last five games on the bench, so Hechavarria will bow out of the lineup to accommodate him. It will be Hechavarria's first time on the bench since Aug. 4, ending a stretch of eight games in which he recorded just three hits in 27 at-bats. Hechavarria is batting a mediocre .214/.230/.260 since joining the Rays in late June, but his solid defense in the middle infield will continue to lock him into an everyday role.
Hechavarria went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to Boston. This was Hechavarria's first home run since being acquired from the Marlins in late June. The light-hitting shortstop is slashing just .247/.262/.319 and remains largely a non-factor for fantasy purposes.
Hechavarria is out of the lineup Friday against the Brewers, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Daniel Robertson is returning from the 10-day DL after missing more than a month with neck spasms, so manager Kevin Cash will give him a chance to get back on the field Friday. Despite Hechavarria's mediocre .177 batting average last month, he remains the primary shortstop going forward and should be back in the lineup Saturday.
Hechavarria went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Astros. Hechavarria has been solid as the everyday shortstop, turning in his typically superior level of glove work while also making his share of contributions at the plate. He's opened August by hitting safely in his first two contests and retains a serviceable .261 average on the season.
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