Chase Utley has been given a “mental break”


Ryne Sandberg gave the struggling Chase Utley the night off on Tuesday. It may last more than a night. When asked about thwy Utley was benched and whether it was to give him a “mental break,” Sandberg agreed with the notion:

“There’s something to that,” Sandberg said. “Sometimes you can take a break and get away from mental grind and the mental work he puts into his daily routine . . . I told him to take a little break . . . Just take a break and start fresh,” Sandberg said. “Hopefully his luck will change.”

It will likely continue for today’s game against the Braves. The Phillies are off tomorrow and Utley will be back on Friday, one assumes.

Utley is 9-for-87 on the year, which translates to a .103 average. That’s the lowest among 183 qualifying hitters in the majors.

Report: Brewers to sign Brock Holt

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed infielder Brock Holt. Contract details are not yet known.

Holt, 31, spent most of the last six years as a part-time player with the Red Sox, playing a little bit of a lot of positions. Last year, he hit .297/.369/.402 with 19 extra-base hits, 31 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 295 plate appearances. He spent a majority of his time at second base but also logged time at first base, shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield spots.

It will be interesting to see how the Brewers deploy Holt. His best chances at playing time would figure to be at third base and shortstop.