Urshela will start at third base Saturday for the fourth game in a row. Urshela has usurped the starting third-base job from Yandy Diaz, at least for the time being it appears. He will hit eighth in the batting order Saturday against Mariners starter Andrew Moore.
Urshela is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers. Urshela had started the last four games at either third base or shortstop, but both Yandy Diaz and Francisco Lindor will handle duties at those respective positions Sunday and still appear to be ahead of Urshela on the depth chart. However, with Urshela having impressed over those four games with five hits and three RBI in 12 at-bats, manager Terry Francona could be motivated to find the 25-year-old semi-regular at-bats in September by taking advantage of Diaz's versatility and deploying him at positions other than the hot corner.
Urshela is not in the lineup for Sunday game against the Royals. After starting five consecutive games last week, Urshela will head to the bench for the second straight game as the Indians close out their series against Erik Skoglund and the Royals. Urshela should continue to see a good amount of playing time while Jason Kipnis (hamstring) remains on the disabled list. Yandy Diaz will start at third base and bat seventh Sunday.
Urshela went 2-for-5 with a run and four RBI against the Red Sox on Thursday. Urshela's success was set up by his teammates, as he drove in four runs without mustering a single extra-base hit. He began that production with an RBI fielder's choice in the second inning, then added two more runs on a single in the third and another one on a fifth-inning single. Don't expect the No. 9 hitter to replicate this effort any time soon, as he came in with just one RBI in August.
Urshela is out of the lineup Monday against the Red Sox. Urshela had started the Indians' past three games while Jason Kipnis (hamstring) was held out of the lineup, but the 25-year-old was never expected to hold down a regular role for long with the Tribe ruling out a trip to the disabled list for Kipnis. Indeed, with Kipnis back in the starting nine Monday, Urshela will head back to the bench, where he'll likely remain more often than not for the duration of his stay with the big club.
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