May 14th, 2008

Sheff's out of the outfield

Gary Sheffield’s outfield work isn’t over, but it’s going to be drastically cut back. Manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday he’s worried about Sheff’s shoulder, as well as his throwing arm, and he doesn’t think playing him in the field a lot is going to help.

“The one thing I do know,” Leyland said, “is that with the physical conditions and trying to get the bat going, the longer I think about it, it doesn’t make sense [to play him in the field all the time]. … He DH’ed fine last year when he was healthy.”

Matt Joyce, Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn will be mixed into the outfield now, but Leyland said he’ll play Sheffield out there once this weekend at Arizona.

Joyce is starting in left tonight. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Joyce, LF
  7. Thames, DH
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Rodriguez, C

For the Royals:

  1. David DeJesus, LF
  2. Mark Grudzielanek, 2B
  3. Alex Gordon, 3B
  4. Jose Guillen, DH
  5. Billy Butler, 1B
  6. Mark Teahen, RF
  7. John Buck, C
  8. T.J. Pena, SS
  9. Joey Gathright, CF

Eat it or throw it?

Didn’t really have time to get into the debate on here after the game, but I spent a good portion of the game story last night getting into the question of whether Edgar Renteria should’ve tried for the out at second on that Mark Teahen ground ball or eaten it and let Francisco Cruceta take his chances with John Buck at the plate and the bases loaded.

Everyone who was asked about it (including Ross Gload, who was running to second on the play) last night seemed to say that you take a chance to try for the out, but of course, that’s in hindsight. On the other hand, Renteria and Jim Leyland point out, nobody’s asking about it if Renteria gets the ball there for the out — or even if he gets the ball close enough that Polanco can stop it without Esteban German scoring.

The question already seems to be floating in the comments from the last post, so I figured I’d break it out and give it a headline.