Shortstop Situation

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.

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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.

khalilreflects625may24.jpgWell, 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 :) 

GO PADRES!!  

10 Comments

Kaybee,
I didn’t realize that Khalil had a breakdown last year as well, I thought his social anxiety disorder was a relatively new discovery. I hope it gets fixed, I think he’s a great player. It’s never a bad thing to have an abundance of shortstops… maybe they could work out a deal with the Red Sox.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Yay anticipation!
I don’t know much about any of the guys you mentioned other than Chris Burke, and I was NOT a fan of his when he was an Astro.
This whole Khalil Greene thing is making me really sad.
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

The Khalil Greene situation is indeed very sad. I hope that the Joey Votto situation in Cincinnati doesn’t get any worse.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

I’m just going to say this: Trading away Khalil was WRONG. Mark Worrell is out for the season but Luke Gregerson is doing a pretty good job. So it’s balanced which is good enough for me. Josh Wilson, yeah that guy, needs to go like right now. We can let Edgar take his place. L-Rod is doing ok so I don’t blame him for anything. If there is an emergency situation, just put Eck. There, simple as that. Khalil is having a hard time right now but I still believe in him. Since he took time to play third base at Clemson, I think he should be fine. Those two young guys playing short at St. Louis are really playing good right now. Can’t wait for the special entry!
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

It is so sad about Khalil. I hope he gets the help that he needs. Look forward to the article next Tuesday!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Really? I was not aware that Khalil’s DL was because of social anxiety disorder. Weird to have that for a baseball player. lookin forwared to that special entry next Tuesday
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

It definitely is a weird situation with your shortstop position. Good luck with that.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

Interesting that Khalil has society anxiety disorder and Dontrelle has anxiety disorder, and others have depression, etc. I wonder if mental disorders are becoming more prevalent today among ballplayers or if they’re just talked about more openly.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I agree with you. Khalil Greene is getting weirder every day. I don’t care what my sister thinks about him. Greene made seven errors this season and Torii made nada with the Angels.
http://angelsinsider.mlblogs.com

Khalil has the talent, but he’s just not right in his head. I pray that he can get his life on track and then maybe he can get back to playing baseball without any distractions.

Ron

http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

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