Ackley fighting his way through struggles

Ackley fighting his way through struggles

Ackley fighting his way through struggles
SEATTLE -- Dustin Ackley has hit leadoff or batted second for much of the season for the Mariners, but manager Eric Wedge has moved him down in the order for the past 10 days as he fights his way through a slump.

For Monday's series opener against the A's, Ackley was batting eighth. He also hit eighth in the last game of the previous homestand against the Giants, then hit sixth or seventh last week while the Mariners were playing Interleague road games with the pitcher batting ninth.

With the young second baseman mired in an 0-for-13 slump and having hit just .219 in June (16-for-73) to drop his season average to .243, Wedge said he'll continue giving him time lower in the order to work his way through some things.

"We'll leave him down there for a while, let him get himself going," Wedge said. "Ack is working hard. They're doing some things against him that obviously are making it tough on him, but it's a game of adjustments and he just has to take it back. And he will.

"He's a good player and he's going to be a real good player," Wedge said. "I'm sure he doesn't feel it right now, but in the end he'll be better for what he's going through right now. It's always hard to see that when you're in the midst of it, but he's going to be OK."

The 2009 first-round Draft pick hit .273 last season as a rookie with a .348 on-base percentage and .417 slugging percentage. He was at .243/.319/.338 going into Monday's game.