Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, August 11, 2021 -- "Third Third Previews, Pt. 5 (Final)"

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"To me, it doesn’t mitigate enough of the injury risk to warrant the move. Tatis isn’t the kind of player inclined to go half-speed at the warning track or in the gap or on a close play at third. The risk to his shoulder from diving or sliding is as much a baserunning issue as anything, and seems about the same to me at either defensive position, with the added risk now of running into a wall. This feels as much about roster management as it does injury mitigation, the Padres trying to get their best players and Eric Hosmer all on the field at the same time."