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Christian Colon continues to contribute, but Mike Moustakas won’t lose playing time

08/20/2014 9:57 AM

08/20/2014 1:24 PM

Christian Colon did it again on Tuesday. His contribution was small but useful, part of a 7-4 victory, a play underscored his utility off the Royals’ bench.

With two outs in the eighth, Colon entered the game as a pinch hitter. He faced Rockies reliever Rex Brothers. Colon received the first walk of his career. The next batter was Omar Infante, who laced his third double of the game to pad the team’s advantage.

Colon has shown his value in his brief stint in the majors this season. His performance begs the question: Why doesn’t he see more time at third base, especially when the Royals face lefties? Mike Moustakas has historically struggled when facing southpaws. Colon is a right-handed hitter.

But do not expect a return to the platoon, like the one the team fashioned with Moustakas and Danny Valencia.

“Colon has been fine,” Yost said. “But Moose is the every-day third baseman.”

The difference between the two is defense. Moustakas is a good defender. Colon is shakier, a middle infielder just learning to handle third this season. Moustakas showed his ability in the seventh inning on Tuesday. With Kelvin Herrera reeling, Moustakas fielded a grounder, stepped on third for one out, held the runner at second and pumped a throw across the diamond for a double play.

It is unclear if Colon could make such a play, and do so in such efficient fashion. Plus, Yost continues to speak highly of Moustakas’ offensive ability.

“He’s swinging the bat good right now,” Yost said.

Not precisely. Moustakas has a .556 OPS in August. But he’ll continue to start, even against lefties, for the most part. Yost said Colon will start at either third base or second base on Wednesday.

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