BOSTON -- The Rays have used six players at third base in Evan Longoria's absence, and Drew Sutton is starting to get a feel for the position.
Sutton made his third consecutive start at third base on Saturday night against the Red Sox.
"He's done a nice job," said manager Joe Maddon. "It's still going to be moved around, but he has done really well, quite a bit has been the throwing accuracy that's been impressive. I've been very pleased with what we've seen from him at third base."
Sutton was acquired from the Pirates for cash considerations on Monday when infielder Jeff Keppinger went on the 15-day disabled list (broken right big toe). In his first three games with the Rays entering Saturday, Sutton is 6-for-11 with two doubles and three RBIs.
He'll remain at third for now, but the Rays will also shift their infield around with versatile players like Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson. Rodriguez has made 11 starts at third with Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) on the DL.
"You're going to still see Sean there on occasion, but for right now, there's no reason to mess with it. [Sutton] looks pretty darn good," Maddon said.
Infielder Will Rhymes sat for the second straight game on Saturday, but he will likely start at second base on Sunday afternoon in the series finale against the Sox. Rodriguez, who has started for Rhymes the last two games, could move to shortstop Sunday in favor of Johnson.
"Yeah, that's a possibility for tomorrow just to give Elliot a blow and get Rhymes back in," Maddon said.