Endy Chavez filled the leadoff role on Sunday.
"He's just really struggling seeing the baseball right now," Wedge said of Saunders. "I wanted to drop him down a little and give him a chance to take a breath and see some hitters hit before him. He tries to compensate, like a lot of young players, by trying to do too much to make up for it instead of just slowing it back down again.
"He's a great competitor, so this is a good test for him. He'll come out of it and be fine, but you can't try to get it all back in one day or one at-bat. Sometimes the worst thing you can do is try to go up there and get hits. You just have to go up there and have a good at-bat. You can't control if you get a hit or not. But you can control if you go up there and see the ball and put up a good AB. He just needs to get back to the basics there."
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