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Carlos Santana looks “stiff and uncomfortable” at third base

Mar 7, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer checks in with an update on Carlos Santana‘s progress trying to transition from catcher to third base and … well, it ain’t going perfectly:

Right now, Lonnie Chisenhall and every other third basemen in camp look better than Santana when it comes to defense.

No.1 Santana hasn’t gotten a lot of chances. No. 2 when he gotten a chance, he’s s looked stiff and uncomfortable. Maybe things will improve when he starts playing two or three games in a row.

Also of note is that Hoynes suggests the fallback plan for Santana if things don’t work at third base is to become the full-time designated hitter rather than moving back to catcher, where Yan Gomes has apparently cemented his status as the starter.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Well, if it lasts more than 4 hours he should consult a medical professional.

    God, I hate myself for making that joke.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      We forgive you.

    • fleaman1381 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      You can hate yourself all you want… but it made me laugh.

  2. mattyheisman - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    He’d be way more comfortable if he just tucked it up into his waistband

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      I suppose we’d all feel the same if we were stuck on third base for the whole spring.

  3. karlkolchak - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    At his age, Carlos Santana ought to stick to playing the guitar.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Does he embrace the connection or shy away from it? Like, does he play “Oye como va” for his AB music?

      • karlkolchak - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        If he did, that would be awesome.

  4. largebill - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    A lot of Cleveland fans are down on Chisenhall, but I’m still hoping he grabs the full time 3B job. He wouldn’t be the first guy to struggle during first couple of call ups and then put it together. He is still too young and too talented to give up on. He is one of those guys where the ball sounds different coming off his bat when he hits it. Would like to see him get 500+ AB’s and see what he can do.

  5. beercan1 - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Start Aviles @ 3rd & DH Santana, backup 1st & catch !!! Simple….. Aviles hits also !! Bench Chiz…

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