Manuel sees Mayberry mostly in left field

Manuel sees Mayberry mostly in left field

Manuel sees Mayberry mostly in left field
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sees John Mayberry Jr. playing more left field than first base to start the season.

The Phillies have other options at first base while Ryan Howard recovers from his left Achilles surgery, like Jim Thome, Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton. Manuel also said while the presumption is Mayberry and Nix will platoon in left field with Nix playing against right-handed pitchers, and Mayberry playing against left-handed pitchers, Mayberry could see some time against right-handers, too.

"We'll see how much load he can carry," he said.