Cronenworth is not in the lineup Sunday versus the Diamondbacks. The 26-year-old started the previous six games and went 6-for-19 with two homers, a double, a triple and three RBI, but he'll take a seat for the series finale. Eric Hosmer's return from the injured list likely means Cronenworth won't be starting everyday, but he should continue seeing opportunities at second base given how well he's played. Jurickson Profar is starting at the keystone Sunday with lefty Madison Bumgarner on the mound for Arizona.
Cronenworth went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks. The three runs scored by the Padres in this game came through solo home runs, and Cronenworth's blast was the second of the night for San Diego. The shortstop now has two homers in his last three games, and he also extended his hitting streak to six contests, posting two multi-hit performances during that stretch.
Cronenworth is likely to earn more time at second base once Eric Hosmer returns from the injured list, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reported in his newsletter. "That's safe to say," manager Jayce Tingler said. "He's earning his time. He's earning it with his glove and his at-bats ... He continues to play like that, he's going to play quite a bit." Cronenworth impressed the Padres with his work ethic during the shutdown and has continued to do so in this short season. He's been playing first base while Hosmer has been out, with Jurickson Profar and Greg Garcia sharing the second base duties, but he'll slide over and still get starts at second once Hosmer returns.
Cronenworth went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Dodgers. Cronenworth's first homer of the year gave the Padres a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old has filled in admirably at first base while Eric Hosmer (illness) has been out. Cronenworth is batting .333 with three RBI and five runs scored in six games this season, but he'll likely return to a bench role when Hosmer is able to return.
Cronenworth will start at first base and bat ninth Sunday against the Rockies. Making his third start in five games at first base, the lefty-hitting Cronenworth looks poised to occupy the strong side of a platoon with Ty France at the position while Eric Hosmer (illness) is on the injured list. Cronenworth has batted in the bottom third of the order in all of his starts thus far, and his low placement in the lineup and lack of a full-time role could limit his utility to NL-only leagues.
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