Peralta to be tested at third this spring
Shortstop may be needed at hot corner, and could find home there
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- If his future is indeed at third base, as manager Eric Wedge and general manager Mark Shapiro have both said, then Jhonny Peralta said that's "no problem."But for now, Peralta still views himself as a shortstop.
"I don't mind playing third sometimes," he said, "but I feel more comfortable at short."The Indians toyed with the idea of moving Peralta to third this season, until they acquired Mark DeRosa and decided to move him from second to third. Before that acquisition was made, Peralta was manning the hot corner for his Dominican Winter League team. He said he made a couple errors on throws and had some difficulty knowing where to be on bunt plays. "It's a little bit different," he said of the position. "The only good thing is I don't have to move as much." Peralta figures to be on the move this spring, as the Indians will likely have him play some third during Cactus League play. He might be participating in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican, which would cut into his spring schedule. In the regular season, the plan is to have Peralta at short, Asdrubal Cabrera at second and DeRosa at third, but a wide variety of circumstances could lead to an infield shift. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Peralta, whose range at short has long been in question, begins the season as the team's shortstop and ends it as the third baseman -- a position he's only played a grand total of nine times in the Majors. "I'd like to be in one place and stay there," he said. "I don't want to go back and forth."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.