Mar 17, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT
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Tyler Moore and others could have a tough time getting at-bats this year.
LAKELAND, Fla. — There’s a good side and a bad side to fielding a talent-laden lineup with regulars who all deserve to play every day. The good side: That deep lineup is capable of putting up big numbers on a daily basis. The bad side: It leaves precious few opportunities for reserves to get enough at-bats to stay fresh.
For a veteran like Chad Tracy, who has modeled himself into one of the game’s best pinch-hitting specialists, it’s not that big of a deal. But for young bench players like Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi, it can be more complicated.
So, is it going to be tough to keep all those guys fresh when there aren’t obvious opportunities to work them into the lineup?
“Yes. If everybody’s doing the things I know they’re capable of doing, yes,” manager Davey Johnson admitted. “But it’s what they pay me to do: Try to keep them all sharp.”
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