The Diamondbacks are in full 2011 evaluation mode, so Tony Abreu may start seeing more time in the infield the rest of the season.
"We want to see what he can do when given an opportunity to play, getting as much information as we can going into next year," interim manager Kirk Gibson told the Arizona Republic .
Abreu, acquired from the Dodgers prior to the 2010 season, has come off the bench for Arizona and hit .239/.255/.314 in 165 plate appearances, a far cry from the talent he has displayed in the past. In fact, Abreu has handled Triple-A so well that there is no longer any reason to keep him down there.
The problem is that second baseman Kelly Johnson, shortstop Stephen Drew and third baseman Mark Reynolds are going nowhere unless the D-Backs make a deal to clear out space.
Abreu's future is likely the bench, something the 25-year-old had to adjust to earlier in the year. Gibson pointed to inconsistent playing time as the issue to his hitting problems, which should begin to disappear.
"Early on this year, hitting off the bench was new to him," Gibson said. "I think if we ask him to do that next year he would be way better. He has a way better understanding."
-- Evan Brunell
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