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Carlos Santana is the Indians’ starting third baseman

Mar 25, 2014, 1:50 PM EST

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For most of spring training reports from Indians camp suggested that Carlos Santana was struggling with his attempted transition from catcher to third base, but apparently manager Terry Francona disagreed with those assessments.

Francona just told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that Santana will be the Indians’ primary third base, which means last year’s primary third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall‘s role is likely diminished and very much in flux. Or as Francona put it: “I’m not exactly sure how that’s going to play itself out.”

Santana has never played a game at third base in the majors and last played there as a minor leaguer way back in 2008 at Single-A, but the Indians decided they’d rather have Yan Gomes behind the plate and wanted to avoid moving Santana to designated hitter. Santana as a DH seemingly would have been an easy choice, especially considering they didn’t add another big bat for the DH spot after instead shifting him to third base, but Francona and company clearly believe he’s capable of being decent defensively.

  1. tc4306 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    They got money for Morales to DH?

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    As a third baseman, Santana is a good DH.

  3. happytwinsfan - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    do they say “the indians way” in cleveland?

  4. ssj455 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Oye como va!!!!

    • 7mantel - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Good One!

    • Professor Fate - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      This song is playing on my computer right now. Weird.

  5. chunkala - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Looking back to Spring Training 2013, I thought the buzz was that Chisenhall was destined to be one of top new players. Oops, I guess it was just another terrible prediction from fans and baseball writers, yet again.

  6. jerze2387 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    At least he’s a better fielder than roger dorn

  7. zdravit - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Thank the Tigers for this. Now managers think anyone can handle 3rd.

  8. ram1020 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Ryan Raburn will make a decent DH

    • jerze2387 - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      He’d probably make a better 3b.

  9. kevinbnyc - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Could the Yankees trade for Chisenhall to plug at least one of the GAPING holes in their infield?

    Pretty please?

    • diamondd726 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      All the Yankee GAPING holes are better than Chisenhall.

  10. janessa31888 - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    If only Lonnie Chisenhall could hit. Hes another one of those AAAA players that cant hit at the major league level. He might get his his job back, though, if Carlos really struggles defensively.

    • Dino Fire - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Chisenhall <– First rounder draft pick <– Underachiever

  11. farmplace - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Now if only Santana could hit.

  12. haytammy - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Stupid move. Move him to DH! We don’t have a DH!

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