Maddon wants to avoid having Zobrist be the DH, which would pose a problem if he would have to go in the game at short. The same situation would also apply at second base if Aybar was the DH.When Iwamura was injured, Brignac was scheduled to be in the mix with Aybar and Zobrist at second. That changed when Bartlett got hurt. Brignac will see most of the action at short when he's in the lineup. "Brignac's been our most consistent shortstop," Maddon said. "He's had a good pedigree in the Minor Leagues and there are a lot of good things about him. I believe he's going to be a very good player. If I wanted to go away from this somewhat of a rotation system, [and] if we felt we wanted to get overall better defense at short, we could start Reid versus righties." For the time being, Maddon wants Brignac to concentrate on playing short. "I wanted Reid to focus on second base when J.B. was here," Maddon said. "Now that J.B. is down, Reid's pretty much going to stay at shortstop and we have to focus on second base." Replacing Iwamura and Bartlett won't be easy. Iwamura was batting .310 in 44 games while Bartlett has been having an All-Star season with a .373 batting average, seven homers, 30 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and four errors in 44 games.
Steve Herrick is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.