Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said he plans to continue rotating the two center infield positions, second base and shortstop.
In an interview ahead of an away game against the Detroit Tigers held at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on the 17th (Korean time), Shelton said, “I will use it as a rotation for the time being,” and talked about the plan to appoint the center infield.
On this day,메이저사이트 Shelton placed two left-handed batters, Bae Ji-hwan at second base and Tucupita Macano at shortstop. Bae Ji-hwan and Macano, left-handed hitters, and veteran right-handed hitter Chris Owings, who recently joined Rodolfo Castro, who is a switch hitter but is stronger against lefties, are sharing two positions in the center infield.
Bae Ji-hwan will play as second baseman that day. Photo =ⓒAFPBBNews = News1
“There are different players in different positions,” Shelton said. These players can fill both positions. We will choose the best combination depending on the situation.”
Pittsburgh did not play a special starter at second base from the opening game, and as shortstop O’Neill Cruz, who was the main starter, left due to a leg fracture, they also did not start a starter and appointed various players according to the matchup.
“Right now, we are not thinking of any one player as the answer,” he said. We will continue to operate the rotation and prepare for the optimal matchup.”
Andrew McCutchen (DH) Brian Reynolds (Left Fielder) Carlos Santana (1B) Jack Suwinsky (Center Field) Ki Brian Hayes (3B) Tucupita Macano (Shortstop) Bae Ji-Hwan (2B) Josh Palacios (Right fielder) Jason DeLay (catcher) announced the lineup. Against right-hander Michael Lorenzen, he included left-handed hitters in the lineup as much as possible. Luis Ortiz starts.
Shelton said of his opponent Detroit that day, “It seems that the performance has improved recently. Today’s Lorenzen has been really good in his last two games and tomorrow’s starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, is one of the best starters in the American League right now. It will be a good test for us.” Referring to Spencer Torkelson and Riley Green, “It’s a team with fun and exciting young players. I think we are going in the right direction.”
Meanwhile, he also brought news of the wounded. Left-hander Rob Jastrizny will start rehabilitation at Triple-A Indianapolis on this day. He currently has one Jose Hernandez in the left-handed bullpen, and he expressed his anticipation, saying that Jastrizni’s return would be “a big help.”
Starting pitcher Vince Velasquez, who had to leave due to an elbow injury, pitched 45 pitches in three innings at the club’s training ground in Bradenton, Florida the previous day. It was announced that the next mound would be a rehab mound.