SAN DIEGO -- After Spring Training, once it was decided that Nick Ahmed would start at short and Chris Owings would get the nod at second base, D-backs manager Chip Hale said he preferred to not have Owings, a natural shortstop, go back and forth between the middle-infield positions.
Circumstances, namely trying to find playing time for veteran Aaron Hill, have led Hale to change his stance, and the three will rotate in the middle infield.
"I didn't really want to do that," Hale said. "We talked to [Owings] over the weekend. Had him take some more ground balls at short, knowing this was going to happen. With all the right-handed pitching we're facing now, it's almost a two-out-of-three situation, with Aaron, Nick and C.O., where we try to get them two out of these three games, try to pick the best matchups we can and get them all in there. It's still early in the year. I want them to get a lot of at-bats. If somebody takes off, they take off. It's just part of it. The other guys will probably have to sit for a little bit."
Hill had gotten some starts at third this year, but Hale wants lefty swinging Jake Lamb getting the starts there against right-handers.
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