"We've said since we talked about Ike coming back, Josh Satin deserves some at-bats," manager Terry Collins said, noting that the switch does not signify a first-base platoon. "I think he's earned them. So here's a situation where this guy is hitting .450 against left-handed pitching, and certainly deserves his opportunity to be in the lineup. So I thought I'd put him in there today."
When Davis returned to the Majors, supplanting Satin as the everyday first baseman, Collins hinted that Satin might begin seeing time in the outfield. He backed off that assertion on Sunday, saying it's "hard to say" if Satin will ever start in the outfield.
"It's one thing shagging balls in batting practice, and he has done that, and he's done a nice job going after them," Collins said. "I've watched him. It's another thing to do it in a game, where we continue to try to put guys out of position, and it comes back to burn you sometimes. So you've got to be careful."
Satin, a natural corner infielder, started two games in the outfield this season for Triple-A Las Vegas.