Y`s Guy wrote:Is this temporary? I haven't read too much yet on him recently and wonder if I accept him in a trade will he platoon again.
I can't guarantee it, because Yost has been unpredictable to say the least. But this little excerpt has me believing he'll be the everyday leadoff hitter until Weeks is back at the very least:
"Ride the hot hand: With Weeks sidelined, Yost said he plans to stick with outfielder Corey Hart as the right fielder and leadoff man for the foreseeable future, asking, "What other options do we have?"
What about Tony Gwynn Jr.? He entered Friday's game batting .333, including .354 in his 12 starts and profiles more as a table-setter than Hart, who has speed but was a run-producer throughout his Minor League career.
"I've got Corey Hart playing, and the last time I checked, you can only play nine guys," said Yost. "I'm playing Corey Hart right now.
"Corey's been our guy from last year on, the guy that we wanted to get at-bats. He did great last year, proved himself, and coming into Spring Training, our idea was for him to be in the [right field] mix and probably get the majority of at-bats."
That plan changed, according to Yost, when Kevin Mench started the season extremely hot. Just as Mench cooled, Hart sprained his right wrist running the bases, an ailment that only recently has subsided.
Now healthy, Hart started each of the four games before Friday and hit safely in all four, going 8-for-15 over that span to raise his season average to .298. Batting leadoff, he said he shortens his swing and tries to be more selective at the plate.
"It doesn't bother me," Hart said. "I got used to it last year."