DETROIT -- Kyle Seager has struggled through a 2-for-29 stretch at the plate over the past eight games, going into Monday's series opener against the Tigers, but manager Eric Wedge will let the youngster continue building on his team-record 102-consecutive start stretch at third base.
"I've talked to him," Wedge said of a potential day off. "I don't think he needs it. I don't think he wants it. He has a tremendous routine, he's taken great care of himself. It goes back to the respect thing. As long as you don't think he's in harm's way and you feel he's going out there working through it, it's only going to make him better and us better. I'll continue to talk with him though."
Seager has been one of Seattle's best hitters all season, but he's hit just .193 (29-for-150) since Aug. 3 as his average has dropped from .300 to .272. He's still second on the team to Kendrys Morales in batting average and RBIs (66) and tied for second in home runs behind Raul Ibanez with 22.
Seager is the only experienced third baseman on the club at this point. Brad Miller has played some third, but he's currently sidelined with a strained hamstring. Wedge said if Seager needed to be replaced right now, shortstop Carlos Triunfel would move over to third and rookie Nick Franklin would play shortstop, with Dustin Ackley at second base.
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