After stint on bench, Schafer has clear focus

After stint on bench, Schafer has clear focus

MILWAUKEE -- Jordan Schafer says his mind is in the right place after being held out of the starting lineup for four consecutive games last week. Justin Maxwell had started in center field in place of Schafer, who returned to the lineup Sunday and hit a home run.

"I'm just trying to get back going in the right direction," he said. "I needed a couple of days off to clear my head a little bit and just try to put things back together."

Schafer hit .276 in April, but has fallen off each month since -- hitting .247 in May, .176 in June and .175 in July entering Monday's game. That being said, Schafer believes the final two months of the season are going to be big for him to gain some momentum going into the offseason.

"I just have to go out and play hard and put together good at-bats," he said. "As rough a year as I've had, I'm still fifth in the league in stolen bases, and I've probably had 100-150 less at-bats than most everybody [ahead of him].

"There's still a lot of positives on defense. I just need to be consistent at the plate, and I just need at-bats consistently against lefties and righties, and hopefully that will get better."