The Cardinals intend to give Edmundo Sosa a "real shot" to win the starting shortstop job over rookie Brendan Donovan, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Sosa started at shortstop during the team's lone playoff game last season, but Donovan's emergence at the plate "has rewritten several lineups," writes Goold. Manager Oliver Marmol admitted he is playing the hot hand at the moment, though he intends to give Sosa the majority of the playing time at shortstop going forward. "When you look at how we use Sosa, it definitely won’t be Sosa is just playing against left-handed pitchers,” the skipper explained. “Sosa is going to get a real shot at playing short. It’s a matter of that tough righty with tough sink in on his hands. That’s a Donovan day.” Through 12 games this season, the 26-year-old Sosa is slashing .172/.250/.172 with 13 strikeouts. On the other hand, Donovan is 8-for-25 (.320) with one homer, five RBI, four walks, and five strikeouts since his promotion to the majors on April 25.