Hechavarria went 3-for-8 with an RBI double and a run in an extra-innings win over the Marlins on Tuesday.
Hechavarria saw plenty of his former teammates in the 16-inning contest, and he was able to contribute with a timely double to left in the second. The veteran shortstop continues to be the subject of trade rumors, but for the moment, he'll log intermittent starts at shortstop with the Rays. In addition to his trademark prowess in the field, Hechavarria is hitting a solid .262 with three home runs and 20 RBI over 187 plate appearances.
Hechavarria is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.
The arrival of top prospect Willy Adames in early June followed by the return of Daniel Robertson from the disabled list later in the month closed Hechavarria's path to an everyday role, but the veteran shortstop hasn't been collecting dust on the bench. Though he'll take a seat in the series finale, Hechavarria had started five of the previous six games, with the defensive versatility of Robertson and another key middle infielder in Joey Wendle allowing manager Kevin Cash to adjust his lineups to find room for Hechavarria. The steady at-bats might be enough to keep Hechavarria on the radar in AL-only leagues, but he's still a fairly unappealing option in those formats due to his lack of power (three home runs in 176 plate appearances) or speed (zero steals).
Hechavarria went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in an extra-innings win over the Yankees on Sunday.
The veteran shortstop squared up on a Domingo German offering in the third inning for his third homer of the season. Hechavarria is still thought to be a potential trade candidate, but for the moment, he's slated to continue drawing occasional starts at shortstop when rookie Willy Adames either draws a rest day or shifts to second base. The latter scenario was the case Sunday, as manager Kevin Cash appears intent on getting both players into the lineup from time to time.
Hechavarria met with manager Kevin Cash prior to Monday's game and was informed that Willy Adames is the team's starting shortstop going forward, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.
Hechavarria had played his first game since coming off the disabled list Sunday, going 3-for-4 against the Yankees. He started at shortstop in the contest while Adames manned second base, but it had been made clear prior to the game that the latter would be back at shortstop Monday. Cash officially discussed the Rays' plans to have Adames be the everyday shortstop with Hechavarria, who impressed the Rays skipper with his professionalism upon hearing the news. Cash also relayed to reporters that Hechavarria will exclusively play shortstop when he does see any game action moving forward, as opposed to being moved around the infield.
Hechavarria went 3-for-4 with a run in a win over the Yankees on Sunday.
The 29-year-old had been activated from the disabled list Saturday after missing the last 28 games with a hamstring injury, but he hadn't seen any action in that contest. However, he was back at his usual shortstop spot Sunday and delivered with his first multi-hit effort since May 14. Hechavarria sports a solid .287 average for the season and has been flashing trademark prowess with the glove, but the recent callup of the promising Willy Adames -- who played second on Sunday but is slated to return to shortstop on Monday -- is believed to be pushing the Rays to attempt to find a trade partner for the veteran. The situation could come to a head on Friday, when Daniel Robertson is slated to come off the disabled list after recovering from a hamstring injury of his own, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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|2010||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||41||161||21||31||7||3||1||7||5||25||7||0||.217||.292||.193|
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|2012||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||102||443||78||138||20||6||6||63||38||86||8||2||.363||.424||.312|