Morning brew: Gonzo, Escobar
Some morning notes from overcast Maryvale Baseball Park:
— Everyone seems to have an easy answer for the Brewers’ vacancy at first base. Move Logan Schafer there! Khris Davis!
Well, Alex Gonzalez has a response:
“It’s not easy,” he said.
Gonzalez is one of baseball’s great defenders, a career shortstop who is trying his hand at first base this spring while Hart works back from right knee surgery. At the moment, Gonzalez is far and away the Brewers’ most likely internal solution, perhaps in a right-left platoon with Taylor Green.
Gonzalez says the key to learning a new position is to relax and have fun. So, is he having fun?
“After as many years playing shortstop, going to first, it’s kind of…” he said, tailing off into a long pause.
He thought about it.
“I don’t know what I want to say,” he said. “It’s not real fun to play first for me. I’ve tried to make adjustments, be relaxed at first and let the thing happen.”
It makes sense for Gonzalez to accept the move, however hesitantly, because it is his best way into the lineup. The Brewers remain committed to 22-year-old Jean Segura at shortstop, the only position Gonzalez has played in 1,559 regular season Major League games.
“The time comes where I will feel comfortable there,” Gonzalez said. “But right now, I’m leaning how to play, all the kind of stuff [you need to know] to play first. … I go out there everyday and try to ‘get it.'”
— Kelvin Escobar said he threw a bullpen session Thursday with no recurrence of the hand weakness that cut short his last outing against the Cubs. He’ll progress back to game action and said he feels he has plenty of time to impress Brewers coaches and bid for a bullpen job. More from him to come.
Time to go meet with the manager.
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