CINCINNATI – First baseman Troy Glaus wouldn’t use a sore knee as an excuse for his extended slump, but said being out of the lineup Sunday might help.
“I mean, obviously the swing hasn’t been fantastic over the past couple of weeks, for who knows what reason,” said Glaus, replaced Sunday by Eric Hinske. “It’s nice to just kind of step back and, at least for the first part of the game, kind of mentally relax a little bit.”
Glaus entered as a late-innings defensive replacement, but didn’t bat.
He has hit .159 (17-for-107) with no homers and six RBIs in his past 32 games, and went 4-for-30 on the nine-game trip that ended Sunday.
This comes after he batted .318 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 46 games from May 1 through June 19. Glaus, 33, says he has always been a streaky hitter and has gone through stretches this bad before.
“It’ll turn around,” he said. “Work in the cage and try to figure out what’s going on, and apply it to the game situations.”
He was asked Sunday whether injuries have hindered his hitting.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, I feel pretty good. … It’s the middle of the season and everybody goes through swoons of some sort. Obviously you want to try to keep them as short as possible.”
He said his sore knee was “not too bad. It’s certainly no worse than it has been at any point in the season.”