If he starts 1/3rd of their games and averages 1 AB in each other game (not really that ludicrous, all things considered), that's still about 300 AB for the year, along with SB opportunities when he is used as a pinch-runner.
As for the brain trust, it seems that they're just not entirely sure what to do with him. Sometimes they say that they need him as a pinch-hitter/runner late in games, but after his first start (Friday?), I saw the following on CBS.Sportsline:
"I think he should expect to start somewhere tomorrow," La Russa said. "He can do so many things. He's just an exceptional athlete."
If he goes 3 for 4 with a HR, double, and triple everyday (he was taken out of the game before he could hit for the cycle), LaRussa will just have to start him everyday. Regardless, I expect him to play nearly everyday, just not always as a starter.
Arlo wrote:Komiyama closing is an interesting thought that actually makes a lot of sense. Benitez is the man in Shea, of course, but if he goes down, Komiyama would probably make more sense than Strickland, both in terms of his stuff and Bobby Valentine's confidence in him.
The best thing going for Komiyama is that he could potentially be either a starter or a closer, or else a decent middle reliever with what I believe will be good strikeout numbers. The danger is that he'll end up as a complete dud in long relief (and how many fantasy teams really plan on drafting a middle reliever anyway?), but he was always a starter in Japan, and I think he might work his way into the starting lineup eventually. If not, there's always the outside chance that he'll close.