dmendro wrote:The same was said last year, but they want victor to play some first again this year, so it likely won't happen.
Yes, but they also want to keep VMart's bat in the line-up and give him some rest when he's not catching. Thus, he's likely to DH more this year so that he is truly resting (not playing in the field) on his off days (I think he'll DH on day games after night games, e.g., SUnday's).
At the same time, they need/want Hafner's bat in the line-up everyday so when VMart is DHing, Hafner will likely play 1B, and Blake/Garko (or whoever else) will ride the bench. Garko is not exactly the next Keith Hernandez at 1B and Blake will get some time in the OF.
Barring injury, I think it will play out as follows (on a weekly basis): VMart plays 4 games at C, 1 at 1B and 1 at DH; Pronk plays 5 games at DH and 1 at 1B; Shoppach plays 2 games at C; Garko and Blake platoon at 1B for the remaining 4 games with Blake also getting action in the OF.