ARLINGTON -- While some Orioles -- Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds in particular -- have overcome slow starts to revert back to what manager Buck Showalter dubs their "track record," veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero's declining production remains a concern.
The Orioles' cleanup hitter, Guerrero entered Wednesday with six homers and 28 RBIs, a pace that would put him well below last season's numbers with Texas, where he hit 29 homers and had 115 RBIs in 152 games. Guerrero has just one homer and five RBIs since June 1, and Showalter acknowledged that keeping him in the No. 4 spot isn't necessarily a guarantee moving forward.
Asked if he would let a future Hall of Famer like Guerrero just work his way out of his troubles, Showalter said, "To a point. He understands what a club needs in the four-spot and we also know what he's capable of doing. We have a lot of guys who have satisfied the trust we had in them and come back to norm, but he's had a pretty good sampling. And we know he's capable of more.
"We will see if it presents itself between now and the [All-Star] break, and if he can get it going."