Utility infielder watch begins

Utility infielder watch begins

Utility infielder watch begins
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Manager Ron Washington did some early infield work with Luis Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte on Saturday. He will do the same with Alberto Gonzalez and Greg Miclat on Sunday. They are the four candidates in camp to be the utility infielder.

The Rangers aren't sure who will fill that role, but Washington remains adamant that it will be somebody who can play shortstop.

"Be able to catch the ball and do the little things," Washington said.

Gonzalez has the most Major League experience of the four. He has played 378 games over the past five seasons with the Yankees, Nationals and Padres. That includes 124 games at shortstop.

Hernandez has played 120 games with the Orioles, Royals and Mets, including 80 games at shortstop. Miclat, acquired from the Orioles for catcher Taylor Teagarden, and Solarte, a Minor League free agent, have never played above Double-A. Solarte, who hit .329 last year at Double-A in the Twins' organization, has the least experience playing shortstop.