Originally Posted by [deleted]
There really isn't any viable answer to this. Once Ludwick went down, the obvious course of action was to let Choo play a corner spot and give CF to more capable defenders, but I guess there's some patented Dusty stubbornness getting in the way. It's quite apparent to everyone in baseball that Choo is a weak CF, and considering that he's walking at the end of the year, it doesn't behoove us any to get him to "learn" it (even if by some mall miracle we do sign him, he'd likely be shifting to LF anyway to make room for Hamilton, unless they hold him off another season).
Any game played in an AL park should feature Choo at DH, does anyone doubt that?
Depends whether it's a LHP or a RHP on the opposing team. Xavier Paul will be in there against RHP. If there is a DH, Paul is clearly the worst defender at any position on the roster and should be the DH when a RHP is on the mound. Choo would be the CF against RHP.
Against a lefty, I think I'd sit Choo all together. I'd go with Robinson in CF and Heisey in LF. When the clock strikes midnight on Robinson, I'd add Denis Phipps as the CF against LHP. Of course, I'd look for a RH Bat that can play all three spots and stick him in LF until Ludwick returns and move Heisey as the CF against LHP and leave Paul in a PH role. Neither Robinson nor Phipps would be on the roster if they could add that bat.
Assuming they can add a bat, when Ludwick comes back, my new RH bat would be Choo's platoon partner against LHP, would play LF on the 2 days per week when Ludwick needs rest (which was the case before he was hurt) and he could even give Bruce a rest on occasion. The roster could get a little dicey at that point and there probably wouldn't be room for Heisey, but with rosters set to expand shortly after Ludwick is likely to return, they could manage through rotating guys like Heisey/Paul/Hannahan through the DL until September 1.