ATLANTA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reiterated Tuesday that he is completely confident in Michael Young's abilities at third base.
But Young had trouble with a couple of ground balls in Monday's season opener against the Braves at Turner Field. He had a ball go off his glove in the fourth inning that was ruled a double. He later had a ball pop out of his glove on another grounder. He made the throw to first, with Ryan Howard making a nice pick to get the out.
"He's going to bobble some balls," Manuel said. "Everybody we put over there is going to bobble some balls. Brooks Robinson used to bobble balls. That's part of the game. When somebody says he has trouble fielding just because a ball gets by him or he bobbles a ball, it doesn't mean he's not a good fielder. That's one. If you sit there and see him botching three or four a game or something, then yeah we've got a major problem. But Michael is fine there."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.