Alberto Gonzalez to play every day at second base
Nationals manager Manny Acta announced on Sunday morning that Alberto Gonzalez is going to see a lot of playing time at second base after the All-Star break, and that’s OK with Gonzalez.
“I feel happy about the opportunity,” said Gonzalez, who is a shortstop by trade. “I’m going to play hard and do a good job.”
It helps that Gonzalez, 26, is swinging a hot bat. Entering Sunday’s action against Astros, Gonzalez was hitting .327 with one home run and 14 RBIs. The Nationals want to see if Gonzalez can be an everyday player.
“He stays within himself,” Acta said. “He doesn’t try to play a big man’s game. He has that inside-out swing. He stays inside the ball very well. He doesn’t get pull happy or anything. He has very good eye/hand coordination.”
In the past, Gonzalez, who was acquired by the Yankees for pitcher Jhonny Nunez on July 31, 2008, had a reputation of having an above average glove and being shaky with the bat. But he has been hitting for Washington ever since he was put on the 25-man roster last August.
“We want to find out about Gonzo,” Acta said. “He has been hitting well over .300 even since he has been called up. We played Anderson Hernandez a lot during the first half and we saw that he could play there, too.”
Gonzalez acknowledged that he has to work even harder to make sure he is hitting the baseball on a consistent basis.
“I work hard in the cage. I try to stay back. I try to hit the ball to center, right field.” Gonzalez said.