Liddi earns a start at third base vs. Indians

Liddi earns a start at third base vs. Indians

Liddi earns a start at third base vs. Indians
CLEVELAND -- True to his word from a day earlier, manager Eric Wedge got Alex Liddi in the lineup Wednesday for a rare start against a right-handed pitcher. Liddi has primarily platooned against lefties in the first month, but the skipper said he's intent on getting the rookie more playing time.

The 23-year-old Italian has hit .293 with two home runs and five RBIs in 58 at-bats, but finding a spot in the lineup hasn't been easy since Kyle Seager is having an excellent season at third base.

But Wedge is working Liddi in left field and shortstop as well as first and third base in pregame drills and said he'll likely see time at those positions eventually.

"It's a long season," Wedge noted.

On Wednesday, he penciled Liddi in at third base and had Seager at designated hitter.

"He's a good young player with some damage-ability," Wedge said, referring to Liddi's power potential. "I don't want him to go up there and try to do too much, but if he goes up there and just is himself and hits, the rest of it will take care of itself. The damage will come along with that."