White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen proved once again to be a man of his word by putting Andruw Jones into Thursday’s series finale against Cleveland as the team’s center fielder. Alex Rios moved to left field and Juan Pierre switched to designated hitter.”That’s the way we’re going to play him and it’s something we might use a lot of the time during the season,” said Guillen of taking Pierre out of the field but keeping him in the lineup. “I don’t think it’s any different. It’s going to be different for him because most of the time he’s on the field, but in the meanwhile, like I say, we’ve got to get some guys at-bats.”
Guillen opted for Jones in center and Rios in left because Rios had played left field previously for the White Sox. Guillen also believes Jones, one of the game’s top defensive center fielders over the past 15 years, has some good play in center left in his game.
“We don’t have a regular in anything, not in the outfield,” Guillen said. “Maybe Carlos Quentin, but you’re going to see Carlos moving around. The others, we’re going to have three, four guys moving back and forth.”
April 8, 2010
Ozzie Guillen explains why Andruw Jones played CF and not LF
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