Before yesterday's game, Sandberg talked a bit about using two middle infielders like Hernandez and Freddy Galvis in the outfield. One of the ways to ease them into the outfield was to keep the players on the same side of the field, the manager said.
“Freddy has experience on the left side of the infield at short and third, but that being said he’s also played second base and the outfield,” Sandberg said. “So he is more versatile than Cesar as we speak. But to have both guys around, in the mix, it makes it interesting and a good problem. It creates depth in case of an injury, which is good.
“I would like to see Cesar to get some work on the left side of the diamond, but I don’t know when that will happen. That’s a down-the-road thing, maybe a winter-ball thing. To be the super-utility guy who can play on both sides of the diamond and in the outfield, that’s versatile.”
In other words, Galvis and Hernandez have a future in the outfield. Maybe even more of a future -- at least in the short term -- as outfielders than infielders. Whatever works, Hernandez says.
“It’s not for everybody, but you get guys that can play different positions like a lot of our guys have and have that ability, that’s a good thing down the road,” Hernandez said. “You never know when they’ll need it. For a young player to have some versatility, that’s how you become a regular."
It's also seems to be an organizational edict. During the summer Reading manager Dusty Wathan said he had been using his outfielders at as many positions he could. That way if a need arose in the big leagues, a player will have some experience.
It's logical thinking.
Nevertheless, Sandberg has Hernandez and Galvis back in the outfield with John Mayberry Jr. Dom Brown hasn't started a game in the field since late August, but pinch hit in the ninth inning last night. He should be available to pinch hit again on Saturday night, too.
1.) Cesar Hernandez, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Carlos Ruiz, c
5.) Darin Ruf, 1b
6.) Cody Asche, 3b
7.) Freddy Galvis, lf
8.) John Mayberry Jr., rf
9.) Cole Hamels, p