Sunday, February 15, 2009

Indians Groom Josh Barfield for Utility Role

Expect the Indians to give former top prospect Josh Barfield plenty of reps in the outfield and at shortstop.

Barfield, 26, the son of former major league slugger Jesse Barfield, was projected to be the Indians' starting second baseman when he came over from San Diego. But he has been unable to shake off mysteriously tenacious slumps and petty injuries.

A utility role would keep him from yet another demotion to Buffalo, though he remains in the hunt for a starting middle infield position with the prospective move of Jhonny Peralta from shortstop to third base.