Gonzalez not getting job done after All-Star break

Infielder Alberto Gonzalez was doing so well in the first half of the season that the Nationals announced that Gonzalez would get the bulk of the playing time at second base after the All-Star Break. 

However, Gonzalez has not taken advantage of the situation. Entering Thursday’s action, Gonzalez is hitting .150 [6-for-40] with three RBIs after the break and has seen his batting average drop from .333 to .285. 

Asked if Gonzalez is putting too much pressure on himself, interim manager Jim Riggleman said, “He might be. … Hitting is tough and he has hung around that .300 mark for a while. He is below that now. He give us good at-bats  I’m confident in his play — defensively and offensively.”

Look for the Nationals to go after a second baseman during the offseason. If he becomes a free agent, Orlando Hudson will be on top of the Nationals’ wish list.                          

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