Adames isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rangers, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports. Adames has gone hitless with three strikeouts in his last seven at-bats. Joey Wendle will start at shortstop Thursday while Mike Brosseau enters the lineup at third base.
Adames went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 1-0 win over the Rangers. He took Taylor Hearn deep in the seventh inning to give Tyler Glasnow and the bullpen all the run support they would need. Adames also struck out twice, giving him a shaky 2:9 BB:K over his last seven games, but he's hit both his homers on the season during that stretch while supplying four RBI and three runs.
Adames went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI in Friday's 10-5 win over the Yankees. Adames started the Rays' scoring parade with an RBI double in the second inning before capping off the big win with a solo shot in the seventh. After a brutal 4-for-19 start, the 25-year-old shortstop doubled his extra-base hit total and raised his season OPS to .813.
Adames went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in a loss to the Red Sox on Monday, but he's hitting just .182 (2-for-11) over his first three games. The 25-year-old only had an Opening Day single to his name prior to Monday's two-bagger. Adames' slow start, albeit over what is still a very modest sample, is a disappointment after he was the Rays' most consistent offensive player throughout spring training, posting a .390/.457/.805 slash across 46 Grapefruit League plate appearances.
Adames is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins. Adames started at shortstop Opening Day and will take a seat after going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Joey Wendle will take over at shortstop for Tampa Bay with Yandy Diaz working at the hot corner.
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