Willingham made his first start of spring training in left field against the Orioles on Saturday.
It's interesting timing. A few weeks ago I read a quote said by Josh, which I will find if someone ask for it, paraphrasing: a reporter asked him how long it would take to adjust if he were to play left field. Willingham said it would take about a week to become confident at that position.
Girardi had this to say:
I have no idea what that means. I completely agree he will be more productive if he doesn't spend the entire season behind the plate. But the rest of it can mean anything.
From: Josh is the third catcher and if the manager wants to pinch hit for the second catcher late in the game he has that option. To: He catches 5 days and plays the outfield 2 days.
We will see how this develops. Presently there are a lot of rumors afloat that the Marlins are looking to add an outfielder through a trade and possibly two. It has been hinted that we may know on Monday if this going to happen.
If the trade happens it will change everything. We shall see.