Profar, Garcia to alternate in middle infield at camp
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jurickson Profar and Leury Garcia were in the starting lineup for the first time in a Cactus League game on Sunday. Profar started at shortstop and Garcia was at second base. Both can play both positions and will continue to do so in Spring Training when Garcia is here.
"They both have the ability to play second or shortstop," manager Ron Washington said. "I'll keep flipping them back and forth."
They were together at Double-A Frisco last year. Profar played 97 games at shortstop and 25 at second base. Garcia played 39 games at shortstop and 57 at second. Garcia also played four games in center field and will get that opportunity at some point during the spring. But he only has a week left in camp before he has to report to the Dominican Republic team for the World Baseball Classic.
Mike Olt will also play the outfield soon. Olt, who played third base in the first two Cactus League games, has been working on his outfield defense with outfield coach Gary Pettis and has progressed to the point where he can be used in games.