Arenado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Nationals.
Arenado took Stephen Strasburg deep in the sixth inning to record his 35th homer of the season. That's good enough for third in the National League, but he will almost certainly end up with his lowest home run total since 2014. Still, it's been a good campaign for Arenado, as he topped both 100 RBI and runs scored and is currently hitting .296.
Arenado went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Arenado brought home his first run with an RBI double in the third inning, then later brought Colorado back within one with a solo shot in the fifth. The 27-year-old has been as reliable as always, and is now hitting an even .300 to go along with 33 home runs and 99 RBI.
Arenado is not starting Saturday against the Dodgers.
Arenado will sit for the first time in nearly a month. His shoulder is not at 100 percent, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports, but he doesn't believe that the issue is affecting his hitting. Whether or not he's right about that, he certainly hasn't been hitting well lately, as he's hitless in his last three contests and has hit just .128 over his last 10. Ryan McMahon will start at third base in his place.
Arenado, who was slumping heading into Saturday's game and dealing with occasional pain in his right shoulder, has decreased his pregame work in order to rest more, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Even with his recent struggles, Arenado entered Saturday's game hitting .300, and the All-Star is writing off his downturn as a mere slump, not a sign of physical irregularity. His fantasy shareholders should watch his next few games carefully to determine how they should alter expectations for the rest of 2018.
Arenado said his right shoulder, which sidelined him briefly in early August, still bothers him sometimes but doesn't affect his swing or his defense at third base, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
It's disconcerting that Arenado is still nagged by his shoulder tweak, which removed him from action Aug. 10 and kept him out for a few days, and he entered Saturday's game 0-for-18. Still, the star seems to be powering through the ding. Barring further setbacks lasting longer than the occasional day off during the final month, Arenado is well on his way to finishing another strong season, in which he's slashed .300/.383/.558 with 31 homers, 91 RBI and 83 run scored through 128 games.
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