Mahtook is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins.
In 11 games since being brought back to the majors on May 9, Mahtook is hitting an unremarkable .243/.256/.351, though that's better than the .129/.200/.161 line he posted in April. Jacoby Jones will play left field Monday.
After going 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, Mahtook is now batting .242 in 10 games since getting called up May 9.
A .242 average isn't great, but it's a big improvement on the .129 mark Mahtook had before getting sent to Triple-A Toledo in April. The 28-year-old was striking out 28.6 percent of the time in his first stint with the club and he's cut that down to 17.1 percent this time around. Mahtook has been getting fairly regular playing time since the promotion, though it'll be worth monitoring who gets squeezed out of a roster spot when the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario return from the disabled list.
Mahtook is out of the lineup against Seattle on Friday.
Mahtook will retreat to the bench after going 2-for-4 during Thursday's series opener. In his place, Niko Goodrum will start in left field and bat sixth.
Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Sunday against the Mariners.
Mahtook recorded an RBI single in the third inning followed by an RBI double in the seventh inning to help the Tigers' to a victory on Sunday. He has had a consistent role in the starting lineup due to an injury to Leonys Martin, and has gone 4-for-16 in four starts. However, he is hitting just .170/.226/.255 in 47 at-bats this season.
Mahtook will start in left field and bat leadoff Sunday against the Mariners, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Mahtook has enjoyed a full-time role in left field since returning to the big club, with the 28-year-old drawing his fourth straight start Sunday. He'll have a clear path to playing time so long as Leonys Martin (knee) is sidelined, but Mahtook's bat will probably need to heat up before he attracts much attention outside of AL-only and deeper mixed settings. He's recorded two hits in 12 at-bats since rejoining the Tigers, leaving his season line at a woeful .140/.204/.209 through 12 games overall.
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