WASHINGTON -- Michael Martinez started his third straight game in center field on Sunday, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel's reasoning behind that decision was pretty straightforward.
"Martinez has been up here what, about three years now, four years, whatever. He's been up and down. I thought I'd just leave him out there a few games and see," Manuel said. "He went and hit .300 in Triple-A, .299 or something … I'm just putting him out there, letting him play some games."
The Phillies have few other options in center field while Ben Revere continues to rehab his broken right foot. Manuel said that John Mayberry Jr., who has 33 starts in center field this season, is healthy. And journeyman Casper Wells, whom the Phillies claimed off waivers on Thursday, said that he is comfortable in center field, though he has only played there twice this season.
Manuel was asked before Sunday's game if he would possibly consider recalling 23-year-old infielder Freddy Galvis from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and allowing him to spend some time in center.
"I'm sure Freddy might be able to play center field, but at the same time I look at Freddy as a shortstop," Manuel said. "If he's going to be a regular big league player, it's going to be at shortstop. Maybe second base, but shortstop would be his best way because he's more suited there because of the type of player that he is."