With news that Andre Ethier will be limited to a pinch hitting role to start the NLDS emerged today, a few unfamiliar names took fly balls in center field.
The Dodgers will fly to Atlanta this afternoon and held a final workout at Dodger Stadium before departing. According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the Dodgers are trying to find anyone to play center field:
In addition to Schumaker, the Dodgers worked out Gordon, Van Slyke and Jerry Hairston Jr. in center field Tuesday. Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford could play there, but the Dodgers plan to start Puig in right field and Crawford in left.
There’s hesitation to put Puig in center since he’s had a few issues shifting from right to center, while Schumaker is the most likely candidate to replace him. Hairston is dealing with back issues and is definitely on the bubble to make the roster, but the surprise here is Gordon.
Primarily a shortstop, Gordon recently made his debut at second base while he’s trying to find his position in the big leagues. Gordon wasn’t thought of as a candidate for the roster since he’d only be limited to pinch running, but GM Ned Colletti said he can change the game in so many ways like Billy Hamilton of the Reds.
Van Slyke has seen time at the corner outfield positions and will likely make the roster due to Matt Kemp’s season-ending ankle injury. Colletti also mentioned that there were six players fighting for two or three spots on the playoff roster as the Dodgers are looking for a solution in center field.
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