Ishikawa welcomes time off at All-Star break

Ishikawa welcomes time off at All-Star break

HOUSTON -- The All-Star break comes as a welcomed respite for many during a long 162-game schedule. First baseman Travis Ishikawa is one of those who said he would enjoy the much-needed time off.

"It's been a tough year with the injuries and obviously I've had a tough season," said Ishikawa, who entered the Houston series hitting .167 over his last 10 games and .247 for the season.

"One day off is always nice but I think having a couple of days just to mentally get away from everything and I guess reset our minds and reset our focus and just come back ready and refreshed..."

Ishikawa said he had specific plans for the break.

"Going home to enjoy the family," he said.