Dodgers first baseman James Loney is off to one of the worst starts of his career, and it could mean reduced playing time for the 28-year old if he doesn't turn things around soon.
Loney was hitting just .211 through Tuesday with one home run and seven RBI, though he did go 2-for-4 in the 3-2 loss to the Giants on Tuesday to snap an 0-for-13 skid.
"It's day-to-day with James. He's been pretty solid with the approach," said manager Don Mattingly before Monday's game. "When you start getting beat down and not having success, you start tinkering a little bit. We have to try to get him right."
Loney has been known to change his batting approach on occasion, but Mattingly said for the most part, he has remained consistent this season.
In 2011, Loney hit just .268.311.342 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 91 games before the All-Star break. Mattingly stuck with Loney, who rebounded by hitting .320.380.534 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 67 games after the break. But Mattingly doesn...