PHILADELPHIA: With Lonnie Chisenhall back in Columbus work on his offense, who will play third?
“”Mark Reynolds certainly will play third the majority of the time,’’ manager Francona said today. “”And Mike Aviles can do that too.’’
Francona will be careful not to overuse Reynolds at a position he has played only one-third of the season.
“”If he played (there) every day, it would be one thing,’’ the manager said, “”But I don’t want to run him into the ground. I do think he likes it, though.’’
Undoubtedly, Reynolds, who leads the team in home runs and RBI, will be in the lineup almost every day, but he won’t always be at third.
At the outset of the season, Reynolds was expected to be the Tribe’s DH most of the time, but he has spent only one more game in that spot than Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher (11 apiece). Now that Reynolds is the club’s No. 1 third baseman, Francona will employ his other options a little more.
If Vinnie Pestano suffers no setbacks Wedneday night pitching an inning at Lake County, he probably will be activated in time for Friday night’s game against the Mariners.
“”When we put him on the disabled list, I know it looked a little peculiar, the way we did it,’’ Francona said. “”We didn’t really have to put him on the DL, but we thought it was in his best interest.''