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Shapiro on giving Marte some goddam at-bats

Q: Mark, is there a chance of, like you're plugging in that young guy, I mean, for the heck of it, Andy Marte? I mean, the guys who are playing now, obviously haven't done a whole lot. With Casey's flexibility, it wouldn't necessarily be you have to bench Casey, you can move other people around in the outfield. Could you see more of Andy? Shapiro: You know, I ... Q: He's only gotten eleven at-bats! Shapiro: ... I think that one's probably more for Eric, you know, what he's doing with the existing guys on the team, but I do think he's expressed some openness to playing some different guys and trying to see if someone can pick up our offense that's in-house here as well. Q: Mark, is there a lot of discussion on Andy Marte between you and Eric? It just seems like it's a roster spot where he only plays sporadically, and you're not gonna see a whole lot I don't think out of a guy that plays sporadically in that position. Shapiro: Yeah, I mean I think at such time as we feel that we've got a better use for the roster spot, that becomes something for us to discuss, but, you know it's still an area where we still need to, you know, to watch him play a little more. We've seen some positive things, we have a long-term need at that position as well. But, I think what we're waiting for is for him to get the opportunity this year, a chance to play, or, you know, our hands to be forced at some point. But we're hopeful that we'll get the opportunity to play him and give him a chance.Full original audio.
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