GimmeShelter Posted February 22, 2009 Share Posted February 22, 2009 NYPOST Mets blog: PORT ST. LUCIE -- Jerry Manuel livened up a sleepy news conference once again today, casually mentioning that the planned left-field platoon of Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis is likely to be just Murphy instead. Not only that, but Manuel also said Ryan Church is not guaranteed the full-time starting job in right field after a concussion-marred 2008 season and could end up platooning with Tatis. And if that weren't enough, Manuel revealed that he thinks Murphy is a better hitter than Church, which means Murphy could bat ahead of Church in the lineup this season. Whew. Manuel said the left-hand hitting Murphy impressed him enough with his ability to hit lefties in a two-month audition last season to start the Murphy on a full-time basis in left. "I don't want him to get into a strictly platoon situation," Manuel said of Murphy. "I think he's a little better player than that. And with Church being a left-handed hitter, I kind of see Murphy being a better hitter right now at this time. So Tatis could [play in right field]. It all depends on how they're doing. If they're not getting hits, then they're not going to play - development or whatever. They've got to perform." Backing the statement up about Murphy getting most of the starts in left is Manuel's noticeable use of Tatis as the backup third baseman and first baseman so far in camp. Tatis has done very little work in the outfield during the first week. "I look at Tatis as, if you've got eight guys, he'd be the 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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