Mills sits outfielder Schafer Thursday vs. Bucs

Mills sits outfielder Schafer Thursday vs. Bucs

Mills sits outfielder Schafer Thursday vs. Bucs
PITTSBURGH -- One day after being removed during the game for throwing to the wrong base and for what manager Brad Mills described as "behavioral reasons," center fielder Jordan Schafer wasn't in the lineup Thursday. Schafer had been starting against right-handed pitchers.

Mills hasn't expounded on what behavioral issues Schafer has had, but Schafer on Wednesday said he respected Mills' decision and wanted to put the issue behind him. Mills planned to have a sit-down meeting with Schafer on Thursday.

"We just want to talk and go through some things and get some things squared away," Mills said. "That's kind of where we're at. I like Jordan. He's got all kinds of ability. We want to try to get that behavior to match that ability, and that's where we're at. This is not him against me or anything else. This is not an issue."

Schafer has made 63 starts in center field and is hitting .236 with three homers, 20 RBIs and tied for sixth in the National League with 19 stolen bases.