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Francona: Marco Scutaro is our shortstop

Jan 20, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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There has been some chatter lately about how Jed Lowrie could take over the Red Sox shortstop job from Marco Scutaro. Theo Epstein said as much himself last week. Terry Francona gave a press conference today, however, and he says nope, not happenin’:

“Scutaro’s our shortstop. (Lowrie) gives us something not a lot of teams can say they have. A switch hitter than can play first, second, third or short and play a lot. He can play for a week, he can play it for a day, he can play it or two weeks. That at some point is going to probably save us. How many times have you seen where everybody stays healthy?”

I assume that Francona has Scutaro’s health most closely in mind with that last comment.  He was hurt last year, he’s in his mid-30s, and he’s coming off a .275/.333/.388 season in which he played poor defense.  Lowrie, on the other hand, had a great season at the plate in an admittedly small sample size.

Francona may very well envision Lowrie getting a ton of time out there in 2011. But he has absolutely zero reason, from a clubhouse management perspective, to say anything apart from “Scutaro is our shortstop.”

 

 

  1. aaronmoreno - Jan 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    And if Scooter gets hurt, you just slide Lowrie right in and move on with life.

  2. largebill - Jan 20, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    This is what passes for news at this point in the off season. Given a situation like this a manager will always say the veteran player has the job. There is nothing to stop him from reassessing things if the players involved give him reason to do so. Francona does have a rep of sticking with a vet who is struggling (Ortiz).

  3. joshv02 - Jan 20, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Scutero’s defense wasn’t poor to my eyes – solid range, good hands, not the best arm (esp when it was clear his shoulder was hurting).

    (UZR single season sample’s aren’t useful.)

    • thinman61 - Jan 21, 2011 at 7:04 AM

      Scoots’ defense is about average. So is Lowrie’s. But if he stays healthy, Lowrie has much more potential with his bat.

  4. bigharold - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    No news here, clearly cabin fever is setting in amongst the hot stove types.

    Scutaro is nothing more than an aging journeyman utility infielder with a very pedestrian bat. He’s doing nothing but keeping the spot warm until the RS figure out if Lowery can stay healthy for anything approaching a full season. No point in making a big deal about Lowery and raise expectations yet.

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