Jim Riggleman takes blame for Adam Kennedy's rough season
Adam Kennedy has not had the kind of season he or the Nationals hoped he would when they acquired him this offseason, and Manager Jim Riggleman sees one reason for that: himself.
"I've talked to Adam a few times, and I've made it very clear to him that I take responsibility for his struggles," Riggeman said. "I sat him down for quite a while when [Cristian] Guzman played a lot earlier. I don't think Adam got back into his flow. He was out of sync. I'm not putting that on him. I take responsibility for that."
Kennedy has acknowledged his sporadic playing time has been difficult to overcome. After hitting .289 with a .759 OPS last season, Kennedy is batting .242 with a .637 OPS this year. At second base, his .969 fielding percentage is the lowest of his career.
Kennedy's rust showed Sunday, when he wandered too far off second base while attempting to go from first to third on a single in the ninth inning. His gaffe led a rally-killing out at second.
"All of his mistakes have been of aggressive nature," Riggleman said. "Nothing to look at and say we're not getting good effort. He's got a lot of time to still turn this thing around this year. He's a good player. He's got a lot of good baseball left in him in future years as well. We're thinking it's going to turn around for him."
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