"What's taken us so long to put Brooks in the four-hole? He's done so well," Maddon said. "We've still got the whole lineup [Wednesday] based on their pitcher [lefty Everett Teaford], and wanted to get another right-handed bat [in there]. He's done well. That home run he hit [Tuesday] was really well struck. That's just what it is, based on a lot of the different things we've had going on this year. [Drew] Sutton's actually done a good job in the four-hole for us a couple times. [Jeff Keppinger] has done it. We'll see if [Conrad] can do it, too."
Entering play on Wednesday, Conrad, who was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee, was batting .385 with a 1.198 OPS in five games with Tampa Bay. He's racked up two doubles, a home run and six RBIs in that span.