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West wrote:Ratdog90 wrote:S. Rodriguez is going to split time initially with Brignac and if Rodriguez does not perform, he will be relegated to the bench in short order. I just don't see another Zobrist happening.
Anyone remember Chris Shelton?
Yeah I think you're way off base here.
2B is Rodriguez' job to lose unless he slumps (which is a very real possibility), and Joyce will have to win back playing time when he comes back. If Rodriguez mashes like he has shown so far, there is no way they'll keep him out of the lineup. Now, obviously because of the K's and PT issues we have to temper the expectations, but to be honest I don't think you have a grasp of the playing time situation there.
West wrote:Now, obviously because of the K's and PT issues we have to temper the expectations, but to be honest I don't think you have a grasp of the playing time situation there.
Brignac will serve as a backup middle infielder and the second baseman against right-handed pitchers, but not against every right-hander, manager Joe Maddon said.
The Rays were looking at Brignac to be part of a second base platoon from the start of camp, but Maddon said Brignac earned the job with an outstanding month.
“He’s the one that’s really surprised me,” Maddon said. “Reid’s improved approach at the plate really has been attractive, really attractive. He’s come a long way in a month. I know he went out to play winter ball. For any young player that wants to dispute the benefits of playing winter ball — why would I never do it — just ask Reid. It’s helped him a lot. All those things matter: the work ethic, the time that he put in, the attitude, the focus.”
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