Even with Travis Ishikawa on the DL, manager Ron Roenicke was not ready to declare Corey Hart the everyday first baseman. He said Taylor Green would continue to get an occasional start there. And one key to playing Hart more often at first base, Roenicke said, is getting outfielder Norichika Aoki into the starting lineup as often as possible.
"We need to score some runs," Roenicke said.
Roenicke met with center fielder Nyjer Morgan on Monday about Morgan's failure to run full-speed to first base on a key bases-loaded double play in Sunday's loss to the D-backs. Morgan turned toward home to see if there was a play at the plate, giving Arizona catcher Henry Blanco time to turn an inning-ending twin-killing.
"There's times when you have other things on your mind and you don't focus on the things you need to, because the play is still alive," Roenicke said.
One thing that might have been on Morgan's mind is that he remains without an RBI in 112 at-bats entering Monday.