Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ryne Sandberg sits Ben Revere again

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Phillies center fielder Ben Revere. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

MIAMIFor the fourth straight game, Opening Day centerfielder Ben Revere was not in the starting lineup. Tony Gwynn Jr. started in his place.

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Revere, who had a stomach virus last week, is healthy, but shied away from questions about whether Revere had lost his everyday job.

"There's some different options there," said Sandberg, who has used both Gwynn and John Mayberry Jr. in center in the last four games. "It's also an opportunity to try some different things."

Sandberg said, like his lineup, centerfield remains a fluid, "day-to-day thing." Cesar Hernandez, however, doesn't appear to be an option for center, despite playing 22 games at the position at the end of the 2013 season.

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  • "With him being so good at second base the way that he is, it was an organizational decision to keep him on the dirt, with him going forward to play the other side of the diamond," Sandberg said. "Everyone thought his infield skills would kick in at third base and at shortstop. That's where he's gotten his work at and he's coming along. He's shown improvement there . . . He could be an emergency guy [in center]. But for a young player like that to master some positions, to cut it down to strictly infield, I think there's something to be said about that."


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