MIAMI .- The Marlins are considering all their options, when it comes to making the most of the Dominican Jonathan Villar.
A midfield player for most of his seven-year career in the majors, Villar worked almost exclusively in center field in spring training. But since MLB activities were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, circumstances have changed.
The National League will now use the designated hitter on the 60-game schedule for the 2020 season, a situation that gives driver Don Mattingly another option to keep Villar in the lineup. With Peces scheduled to kick off the campaign at the Phillies’ home on July 24, the club intends to use Villar in a variety of roles.
“We see him playing more in the infield now,” Mattingly said. “With BD, you can walk a little bit back and forth – with center field, second base, shortstop and BD – so you can keep it up.”
No yes it won’t play
The Dominican pitcher Héctor Noesí informed the Pirates that he decided not to act in this campaign.
Noesí showed up for Summer Training at PNC Park, which started last week, and was training with the team. “I definitely respect and appreciate your decision. After talking to some of his family, he simply decided that it was in his best interest to choose not to pitch, “said Pirates pilot Derek Shelton.
“I will definitely respect the players who make that decision and make sure they have all the support they can get.” The Buccaneers awarded Noesí a Minor League contract in early December and invited the right to Spring Training. The Pittsburgh squad has yet to fill the remaining vacancy on its 60-player roster.
— Agencias to eldia.com.do