Not to rub salt in an open wound for Dodgers fans, but …
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was still gushing about the defense of his shortstop Friday, former Dodger Elian Herrera. In the seventh inning Herrera made a brilliant play to dive and catch a line drive by Matt Kemp, then shovel the ball to second base to double off Adrian Gonzalez.
It was only the fifth game Herrera has played at shortstop this season. Roenicke said that Herrera has been “better than OK. He’s really done a nice job.”
Herrera hasn’t made an error in 31 innings at shortstop. In fact, he hasn’t made an error at any of the six positions he’s played this season.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t use Herrera much at shortstop the last two seasons — just three innings total. Herrera saw more time at all three outfield positions, and second and third base, as a Dodger. As a result, Roenicke said he wasn’t really sure how Herrera would fare as Jean Segura‘s backup.
Besides his defense, Herrera is batting .275/.292/.324 in 45 games this season.