When your offense is struggling and suddenly the lineup features four new starters, then maybe you figure there's an intentional shakeup going on.
On Sunday, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly penciled a different starting eight for the series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but said only one move was really about a struggling player.
New to the lineup Sunday were Nick Punto at second, Jerry "Michael Jackson" Hairston Jr. in right, Juan Uribe at third and Tim Federowicz at catcher. Sitting were Mark Ellis, Andre Ethier, Luis Cruz and A.J. Ellis.
But Mattingly said all but the move of Cruz were previously planned to give starters rest and keep others fresh.
Cruz has started the season without a hit in 17 at-bats, however, and Mattingly felt he needed a break.
"Guys not getting out early, one of the things I do worry about is trying to get out of that hole," Mattingly said. "There's always going to be a period in the season where you hit one of those spells. Luis is just having it right now, right out of the gate. And that kind of builds on you. Mentally, it kind of drains, kind of wears on you. So, mentally, he needs to go and put those behind him.