Meadows went 2-for-4 with a three-run double in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Athletics. It was Meadows' first multi-hit outing since June 8 as this month has been a big struggle for the second-year outfielder. After Sunday's performance, he's still 18-for-83 (.217) with six RBI and no homers during June. Despite the slump, the 24-year-old lefty owns a .930 OPS in 2019.
Meadows, who went 1-for-4 with a triple in a loss to the Athletics on Saturday, is nevertheless hitting just .203 (16-for-79) with no home runs and three RBI during June. Meadows entered the month with a blistering .356/.440/.671 line, along with a career-high 12 homers. He then opened June by hitting safely in his first eight games of the month before his production suddenly fell off a cliff. Even when factoring in Saturday's three-bagger, remarkably already his third of the current month, Meadows is hitting just .114 (5-for-44) over his last 12 contests.
Meadows isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Meadows will ride the bench for the second matchup of the series with a lefty in J.A. Happ scheduled to take the mound for the opposition. Avisail Garcia is set to man right field and bat cleanup with Meadows out of the mix.
Meadows is not in the lineup Thursday against the Angels, FOX Sports Sun reports. Meadows is hitless in 11 at-bats with a 2:5 BB:K over his last three games, so he'll take a seat on the bench for Thursday's series opener as he looks to clear his head. The outfielder was nursing a sore foot earlier in the week, though it didn't keep him from serving as designated hitter Wednesday. Avisail Garcia is covering right field and hitting leadoff in place of Meadows.
Meadows (foot) will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and will bat third Wednesday against the Athletics, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. The Rays' decision to withhold Meadows from his usual duties in the outfield suggests he's not 100 percent recovered from the sore foot he sustained Tuesday, but the injury apparently won't inhibit him too much while running the bases. The 24-year-old could DH a couple more games until the pain in his foot completely subsides, but he'll retain a regular spot in the lineup in any case.
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