The Cardinals plan to start to use Allen Craig at third base as Felipe Lopez continues to struggle both at the hot corner and at the plate, according to a Fox Sports report.
Although it makes sense because Craig played third base in the minors, it's a bit concerning because the Birds have up to this point held out on putting the rookie there in the big leagues. Why? Well, he's not a very good defensive player at third base, so the Cardinals have converted him to the outfield. It's an awful lot to ask a guy who is struggling to learn to hit big league hitting now to take on the added pressue of playing a position he's struggled at.
Hopefully the move will just be a part time thing to give Lopez a breather and to get his bat straightened out. But it is bad news for Craig that Lopez was a .300 hitter last season as a second baseman. And, while trying to play third this season, he's a .250 hitter.
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