During spring training, manager Ned Yost hinted that center fielder Lorenzo Cain might log an occasional start in right field to protect the health of his legs. For now, that appears to be a contingency plan.
Cain opened the season by making 15 straight starts in center field, and Yost cautioned Thursday that any foray into right field might be limited.
“If Lo starts to get a beat up a little bit, (and we want to) take a little pressure off his legs, we always have that option,” Yost said. “But right now, he’s feeling good.”
Cain entered Thursday night’s game batting just .216 (11 for 51) with two homers in 14 games. When asked if Cain was battling anything mechanical in his swing, Yost shrugged and said, "No."
“I don’t see anything with Miguel Cabrera, either,” Yost said, referencing the Tigers’ No. 3 hitter, who entered Thursday batting just .250.
Yost stressed that he thought it was just a matter of time before Cain snapped out of his early-season funk.
“It’s a matter of time before Cain breaks out,” Yost said. “It’s a matter of time before (Kendrys) Morales breaks out. It’s just a matter of time.”