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Russell says be patient with Doumit in right field

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Manager John Russell is preaching patience with Ryan Doumit at right field, where the now-backup catcher made his third start of the season and second in two days on Tuesday.

Doumit has misplayed a couple of balls, both times putting runners on base who would later score, but before last week Doumit hadn’t played right field since September 2009. Last night was just his 40th career start at the position.

“He’s working at it but it’s going to take some time for him to get a lot more comfortable,” Russell said. “He’s starting to move better, he’s coming in on some balls better. The one tonight he probably could have come in and got it, but he’s making progress. It’s one of those things that’s going to take a little time for him to be really comfortable out there.”

Last week in San Diego, his first start in right, Doumit let a shot from Miguel Tejada drop in front of him. Had he caught it, the inning would have ended with no runs scored and the Padres up just 1-0. Instead, the Padres scored three in an eventual 8-5 win.

Last night he played the ball off the bounce in the sixth inning – and heard some boos because of it – to put Wes Helms on first. Helms scored on a Ricky Nolasco double two batters later.

“It’s just not knowing, ‘Should I really go in, will the ball get by me,’ things like that that outfielders think about,” Russell said of Doumit’s biggest issue adjusting to right, where he’s getting some playing time now with Chris Snyder the regular catcher. “Again, once he’s out there and sees more reads and knows what he can really go get and what he shouldn’t go get it’ll better for him.”

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Comments

  1. Beanman says:

    Why is Doumit in the lineup,for his bat,you have got to be kidding.Milledge ,a hustler,is on the bench.We need a catcher,a 220 average will not cut it.

  2. joel says:

    Russell must have been ordered to play no-mitt no-hit because evan I realize he belongs on the bench and out of town next year.

  3. Jim says:

    Patient in right field with Doumit……..why? Is his bat that critical to the team?

  4. Chuck H. says:

    chuck H.
    Yes, keep him in right field. He’s certainly no catcher. Anyone who gets a single will wind up on second base anyway. About the game on Wednesday—-are they actually trying to see how many games they can lose? First man up in 9th walks–next man up will sacrifice him to second, right? Hell no. They all come up swinging for the fences.
    Bad managing, all around.

 
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