Sooner or later, somebody was going to get jammed.
It makes sense it was the guy who throws his body around like a goose flying into a jet engine.
Ben Revere has jammed his finger on a base last night, taking him out of the lineup tonight, putting John Mayberry in his place, and sliding – you guessed it – Delmon Young into right field for his defensive debut. In a way, it’s a relief to have Revere’s inept bat out of the lineup for an evening, but he’s not going to work his way out of his funk if he’s on the bench. Then again, what if - what if this is him normally.
Young, a guy who has been referred to as “not at all a good defensive outfielder oh god oh god,” will have a stigma to shake off, the stigma being that he makes people say that thing I just said.
Also, I always feel like I need to mention his heinous personal shortcomings, just so it never sounds like I’m proud to have him here.
Meanwhile, Revere’s injury isn’t taking him off any lists and put on other lists, so he’ll probably be available for pinch hitting duty, if Charlie Manuel is feeling particularly trollsome. That won’t happen, though. The next time we see Ben Revere, he’ll probably be pinch running for Delmon Young.
Charlie Manuel now has the honor of working out an outfield from four different options, ranging from all power-no defense to all-defense-no power to pinch hitting folk legend to John Mayberry, and we get to enjoy watching him make the wrong decision; not that there is a “right” one when you are managing baseball’s worst outfield.