On June 10, the Washington Nationals acquired second baseman Junior Spivey specifically to fill the gap until Jose Vidro, the regular second baseman, returned from injury. Now that Vidro is back, Spivey is uncertain about his future.
"We'll see what happens," Spivey said yesterday. "I've been a pretty much everyday player since I was in the big leagues. It's a touchy thing, to be considered a utility player."
Yet for now, that's what Spivey is. Manager Frank Robinson said Spivey could spell Vidro at second base, and he will get some work at third base and perhaps even first. Spivey hasn't played either position in the majors. Robinson said Jamey Carroll would continue to serve as the backup shortstop, and Spivey wouldn't be considered for that role.
Spivey struck out as a pinch hitter in yesterday's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.
"It's definitely a tough thing, there's no doubt about it," Spivey said. "I don't know what kind of plans the team has in store for me."
Robinson said he is considering moving Brad Wilkerson to left field for the second half of the season and platooning Ryan Church and Marlon Byrd in center.
"Playing center field takes a lot out of you," Robinson said. "I think that would help him."