CLEVELAND: Brent Lillibridge probably will get a little edgy every time the 24th of the month comes around.
He was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox on June 24 and two days ago, July 24, the Red Sox shipped him to the Indians in exchange for minor-league pitcher Jose De La Torre.
“It’s been kind of a whirlwind,” Lillibridge said Wednesday, as he stood in front of his new locker. “It’s easier for me than it is for my wife and kid. But I’m happy to be somewhere, and I’m glad to be back in the Central Division. I want to do what I do best, play different positions.”
His tenure in Boston was brief.
“They had a lot of injuries when I got there,” Lillibridge said. “then guys started getting healthy, and I was the odd man out. It’s been a long month. It got a little crazy.”
After Lillibridge was designated for assignment by the Red Sox, he decided to stay in Boston instead of going home to Seattle.
“I didn’t want to go all the way home and then maybe have to come back East in a few days,” he said. “I just stayed in shape and spent time with my wife [Stephanie] and 9-month-old boy [Cohen]. They flew out here with me to look for an apartment.”
Lillibridge is only 28, but he has played with six different minor-league teams plus the Atlanta Braves, White Sox, Red Sox and now the Indians. In other words, his wife knows the drill: A player’s home can change any time the phone rings.
“As long as I keep bringing in the money, she’s OK with it,” he said. “If I quit making money, I don’t know if she’ll want to stay with this kind of cross-country act.”
Stephanie has a teaching degree but put her career on hold while Lillibridge pursued his dream of playing in the big leagues.
Lillibridge has one advantage over most utility players: He really can play every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher. He has played all seven positions no fewer than 10 games each.
Sheldon Ocker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the Indians blog at https://ohio.com/indians.