There are currently two shortstops on the Padres’ roster: Luis Rodriguez and Josh Wilson. Josh was picked up by the Padres to replace Luis Rodriguez. Soon, Josh is going to be replaced with Everth Cabrera.
At the beginning of the season, Rodriguez and Cabrera were the two shortstops on the Opening Day roster. Within a month, though, both of them were out with injuries. In came Shortstop #3 (Chris Burke) and later, Shortstop #4 (Wilson).
Burke was sent down to Triple-A in anticipation of Rodriguez’s return. Wilson is most likely going to be the odd man out when Cabrera is eligible to come off the DL on Friday.
Now, once #1 and #2 are back up here, what to do with them?
Both are extremely good players, defensively and offensively. I would think that both of them need a lot of playing time to suceed. Still, they just went through injuries, so for the first few weeks Buddy might platoon them so that they can fully recover.
But after that? Well, Luis has been very good for us. He took Khalil’s spot and did an excellent job when Khalil had his little meltdown last year. He’s got talent, that’s for sure.
But Everth might be our future at shortstop. This guy is only 22 years old, and this is his first season above Single-A. He’s got a great glove, and he can flat-out hit. This guy could develop into an excellent ballplayer. So, I think he needs a lot of playing time too.
Both of them are going to play. I don’t think Buddy has a choice but to play them both, so that would mean a platoon situation. Both of them could play second also, but we’ve got Eck there. It will be very interesting to see how all that plays out.
Speaking of Khalil, this guy is getting weirder every day. Once he gets off the DL (social anxiety disorder), he’s going to be playing third base for the Cardinals. This guy is having some major problems, man, and I don’t see how this is going to help him. Well, it’s not supposed to. It’s supposed to help the team because the Cards have found a couple stellar shortstops who they apparently like better than Khalil. What a strange dude.
Well, the Padres are playing the Mariners for three starting today. Kevin Correia is starting against Felix Hernandez. Correia needs to have a solid outing, giving his team a chance to win and the bullpen a break. Especially since we’re at home. We really really really need this series.
I just wanted to mention that there’s going to be a very special entry here next Tuesday. I know, I’m really mean telling you a whole week before, but thus the anticipation :)