A pleasant surprise for Kennelly

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"I like to play everywhere. That's what I've been, a utility guy, my whole life." Tim Kennelly said. (Bradley C. Bower/AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — When Tim Kennelly finished his work at minor-league camp Thursday afternoon, he was summoned inside the Carpenter Complex. There, he was told to pack up and head next door. He's with the big leaguers now.

How's that for a surprise?

"Absolutely," Kennelly said.

The 25-year-old Australian is here for depth, but hey, a week's worth of major-league meal money isn't bad. Kennelly moved into a locker without a nameplate, was assigned No. 68, and loved every moment.

"It's definitely nice to play over here," Kennelly said.

He spent 2011 with double-A Reading and played in only 62 games while hitting .215 with a .614 OPS. But in that short period, he played seven (yes, seven) positions for Reading.

He caught 31 games, played right field for 15 games, spent seven games at first base, three in right field, two at third base and one at second base. He even pitched to one batter and recorded an out.

That earned him status to be an extra body in camp.

"I wouldn't say I have a best position," Kennelly said. "I like to play everywhere. That's what I've been, a utility guy, my whole life. I just try to get work in at all the positions and be ready to play."


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