Roenicke confident in Counsell despite slump

Roenicke confident in Counsell despite slump

Roenicke confident in Counsell despite slump
PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was once a bench player himself, and can understand the frustration Craig Counsell must be feeling. Counsell's slump extended to 0-for-33 with a groundout Tuesday night, the Brewers' longest such streak since Counsell's own 0-for-34 in 2004.

Roenicke disputed the notion that Counsell's slump is tied to the fact that he turns 41 in August.

"I don't think, all of a sudden, between 38, 39, 40, 41, if you keep yourself in shape, there's a huge difference there," Roenicke said. "I think that some years, things go well and the mental confidence allows you to roll with it.

"I'm sure he's tired of what's going on offensively. He's still really helping us out defensively and can still have a big at-bat for us."

Counsell delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly on July 10 amid his drought.

"When you don't have the physical tools that you did when you were younger, you need to have that confidence," Roenicke said. "The physical tools don't go downhill that fast. The mental part comes into play, and he has to get that back. It may just take one base hit."