{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Renteria will still give Lake opportunities to play

|
Renteria will still give Lake opportunities to play play video for Renteria will still give Lake opportunities to play

BOSTON -- Junior Lake snapped a bat over his knee after striking out in the fourth inning, the second of four times he would whiff in the Cubs' 2-0 win Monday against the Red Sox. Lake is now 0-for-13 in his last four games, but manager Rick Renteria isn't worried.

"We just have to make sure Junior gets the ball up in the zone a little bit," Renteria said. "[On Monday], he had four strikeouts and three of the four were balls down in the zone. It's just a matter of us making sure we stay positive with him and share with him what we're seeing and try to get feedback from him on what he sees."

There has been no talk about Lake going to Triple-A Iowa to get regular at-bats, Renteria said.

"We'll continue to give him opportunities to play," Renteria said. "We'll just continue to do what we've been doing the whole season and picking and choosing and working and trying to make adjustments."

Lake has had some peaks and valleys. He batted .273 in 26 games in May and hit .190 in 23 games in June.

"Obviously, for him it's not been the track that he's wanted," Renteria said of Lake. "He's shown signs of being able to do things and he's had signs where he's had a little valley. Right now, he's probably in that little valley and we have to help him get back out of it."

Was that a red flag when Lake snapped the bat over his knee?

"Not for me," Renteria said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español