"It's a good day for him to watch a game, to slow down a little bit. Having been a player, it's something you know you go through. All of a sudden the average starts going down, down, down and you get caught in the whirlpool drain. It's a good day with a lefty."
Mattingly started Chone Figgins at second base and leadoff. Figgins was hitting .250 with a .444 on-base percentage entering Thursday.
"If you just look at his numbers, for a guy coming off the bench for one at-bat, it's hard to expect a whole lot," Mattingly said. "He's gotten good at-bats. The guy knows how to play. His at-bats have been pretty good as far as what they look like."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.