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Troy Glaus playing third base while rehabbing at Triple-A

Aug 24, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

Troy Glaus’ prolonged slump and knee problems convinced the Braves to replace him at first base with Derrek Lee, so now Glaus is somewhat surprisingly seeing action at third base while rehabbing in the minors.
At the time of the Lee trade several Braves beat writers made it very clear that they didn’t think there was any chance of Glaus being an option at third base down the stretch and that may still prove accurate, but the Braves are at least considering the possibility in the wake of Chipper Jones’ season-ending knee injury.
Glaus told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that his knee “feels fine” after resting for a week and said his goal while at Triple-A is “to get as many reps at third base as I can.”
At age 34 and with bad wheels Glaus has had trouble simply running or playing first base, so it seems unlikely that he could handle third base on anything more than an emergency basis. However, he does have more than 11,000 career innings at the position and didn’t make the switch across the diamond until this year.
Glaus began his rehab assignment by playing third base at Triple-A last night and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and two walks.

  1. murd - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Sounds like they’re just setting up to be able to use the hot hand down the stretch. If Prado or Infante start to slide, it’s just one extra option. May as well be ready for anything with Philly playing like they are.

  2. Kiwicricket - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    It’s an inside joke is it not? The powers that be are on fire with the pic’s today. Nice work. If Sosa makes it into the news again, throw that flour-face image up again. Just splendid.

  3. JimmyY - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    What do you mean ‘surprisingly?’ Duh, its a no brainer he’d be working out at third after all did he not play third for years? Sometime these so called “experts” overthink things, it ain’t that hard to figure out.

  4. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Look who the Giants are trotting out to third base right now peeps. Glaus is somewhat quicker on his feet I’d say. It’s not a problem. Sure he may let a few slip by a quicker guy would get, but he makes bat hit ball well. More than likely he’ll do well enough to make up for any shortcoming he has on 3rd base with his bat.

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