Renteria at 2B
Reds vs Cubs(ss), 3:05 p.m. ET. Radio on WLW
Cordero, Burton, Thompson, Gil, Fisher and Klinker are among those available in the bullpen.
*This will be Renteria’s first start of spring at second base — he did enter yesterday’s game there later during substitutions. He’s been taking groundballs there. But at least during the regular season over 15 years, Renteria has never played a game anywhere but shortstop (save for one inning at first base).
“As long as Brandon is healthy, whoever plays behind Brandon isn’t going to play a lot,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “But what happens if something happens to Brandon? You never know. I’d rather try to prepare now. Renteria will play some at shortstop too. How much he plays depends on how Janish does too.”
Baker said that Renteria would “probably not” get any time at third base.
“I’ve got Francisco, Frazier, Valaika and Cairo,” he noted. “Plus I talked to Edgar. He doesn’t feel real comfortable playing third base. That’s a whole lot closer. As you get older, closeness and reactions don’t match, especially if you’ve never been there. Cairo has been there a lot in his career.”
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