Friday, June 2, 2017

Farrell: No Mookie At 2B, Benintendi No Platoon Player

(AP Photo)
Manager John Farrell weighed in on two issues regarding his lineup and made very clear what his preferences are. First, he shot down any idea that Mookie Betts would play second base during the DL absence of Dustin Pedroia. While Betts came up as a second baseman (and a good one), he is now firmly ensconced as a premier right-fielder. Second, Farrell committed to the full-time role of left-fielder Andrew Benintendi, saying that the rookie is not a platoon player. An occasional substitution of Chris Young in left—when specific match-ups indicate it—is not a suggestion that Benintendi is a part-time player.