Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Gonzalez is taking to first
By Jason Catania
When the Milwaukee Brewers decided to install young Jean Segura as the starting shortstop, Alex Gonzalez looked to be out of a regular job. Instead, the veteran is learning a new one.
Due to injuries to Corey Hart and Mat Gamel, there will be some early-season at-bats available at first base, and the Brewers are planning to put Gonzalez there, writes the Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt.
For Gonzalez, who's played all 1,559 of his major league games at shortstop, it's an odd position to be in, both literally and figuratively. He initially "did not exactly seem giddy about the proposition" of manning first base, but the 36-year-old is realizing that if he wants a chance to impact the team this year, this is his best bet.
Last season, Gonzalez hit .259 with a respectable .457 SLG before blowing out his right knee in early May, which opened the door for Segura, who was acquired from the Angels in the Zack Greinke trade. It's possible the club may use a platoon with the righty-hitting Gonzalez and lefty-hitting Taylor Green holding down the fort until Hart is ready to return.
The Brewers are also considering prospect Hunter Morris for first, but the 24-year-old is hitting just 3-for-2 (.136) so far this spring.