Cantu to get breather
Deciding when to give bench players starts is a challenge for all managers.
Fredi Gonzalez on Sunday is planning on starting Ross Gload at first base, giving Jorge Cantu a day off. Of course, Cantu will be available to pinch-hit.
The strategy is partly based to give Gload a chance to have four at-bats, which is important for players to stay sharp. As a pinch-hitter, Gload has done a terrific job.
Getting regular plate appearances will certainly pay off.
Another thing to consider with this move is Cantu gets to avoid facing Nationals right-hander Daniel Cabrera. In the third game of the season, Cabrera plunked Cantu on the back of the left hand with a 91 mph fastball.
Since then, Cantu is wearing a protective padding on the back of his batting glove.
— Joe Frisaro