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Adrian Gonzalez will continue to play right field

May 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Bobby Valentine was on WEEI in Boston this morning and said that he plans to start Adrian Gonzalez in right field again today with Kevin Youkilis covering first.  That will mark Gonzalez’s fourth game in right this year.

Obviously not ideal, but given that the lifespan of a Red Sox outfielder this year is shorter than that of a Spinal Tap drummer, it’s making the best of a bad situation.  Thank God for Will Middlebrooks, no?

  1. Joe - May 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I gotta think “Adrian Gonzalez in right field” doesn’t translate well to Fenway Park.

    • themuddychicken - May 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Agreed. Camden Yards right field is one thing, Fenway is something else altogether.

    • marshmallowsnake - May 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      True…he may be their new left-fielder when they return home.

  2. unlost1 - May 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    helps eligibility on my fantasy team though!

    • casey5jones - May 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      One more game… lol

  3. themuddychicken - May 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    “the lifespan of a Red Sox outfielder this year is shorter than that of a Spinal Tap drummer.”

    This is what makes me really nervous about having Gonzalez out there. If I was chosen to patrol the outfield for the Red Sox, I’d immediately start getting my affairs in order just in case.

  4. casey5jones - May 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    The sox are stuck between a rock and a hard place here.

    On the one hand, the way he is playing, they can’t send Middlebrooks back to AAA.

    On the other, they can’t trade Youkilis. No matter how badly his body is letting him down he is undoubtedly one of the biggest red sox folklore in recent memory. After last year’s debacle and off-season soap opera, the red sox are still trying to save face – trading Youk would be a big step backwards.

    • casey5jones - May 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      One more quick thought: If Alex doesn’t get hurt and Youkilis’ body hangs in there this could actually work.

      • frankvzappa - May 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Who the hell is Alex?

      • casey5jones - May 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        hahaha! Sorry…. Adrian.

  5. hisgirlgotburrelled - May 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    gonzalez showed he’s at least athletic enough to field the position and has done well so far. Definitely a good thing to find that, when needed, your best hitter can play another position. Hell, if Youkilis hits at all (and they keep him) and middlebrooks continues to hit, why not keep him in RF for the rest of the season?

  6. frankvzappa - May 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I am starting to come around on Bobby V. a little bit. I think this makes the most sense, unless Youk’s health becomes stable enough to allow him to play some OF. Every game is important in a division this good, so you gotta have your best bats in the lineup. And Gonzo is a consummate professional with the glove, it’s not like Bobby is throwing some amateur out there and praying for the best. In a game where managers tend to just abide by unexamined norms (using your closer only in 9th, etc.), it is refreshing to see a guy just do what is best for his team, accepted norms be damned.

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