Thursday, April 11, 2013

PHILLIES NOTES: Mayberry's bat comes to life

PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies don’t seem to have any question that, at some point in the near future, Delmon Young will be playing in right field regularly. That was their intent when they signed the veteran to an incentive-laden contract, and they are confident that he can and will be ready to go when his rehabilitation from offseason microfracture ankle surgery is complete.

So, even though John Mayberry Jr. had a double and home run in Tuesday night’s win over the Mets and entered Wednesday’s series finale with five hits in 15 at-bats, four of them for extra bases, the organization will happily move the confounding 29-year-old into a fourth outfielder role, which is what he was in 2011 when he had 15 homers in 267 at-bats and a .513 slugging percentage. When asked to be more than that last season, he sagged to 14 homers in 441 at-bats and a .395 slugging pct.

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