Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Russ Canzler has never been in a free-for-all like this. March is more than half over and the Indians still don't know who their starting left fielder is going to be.
It could be Shelley Duncan or Aaron Cunningham. Felix Pie, Ryan Spilborghs and Ezequiel Carrera are still in the running. Fred Lewis, Trevor Crowe and Chad Huffman? Why not?
Perhaps some have already been eliminated. GM Chris Antonetti and manager Manny Acta are the only ones who know that for sure. But as far as winning the job outright, of pinning its shoulders to the floor and making left field say "uncle," it hasn't happened.
"To be honest with you guys, and I know we've had to rotate a lot of guys through there, not one guy has stood out," said Acta.
Left field opened wider than the jaw of a great white shark when Grady Sizemore injured his back and Michael Brantley moved from left to center to replace him. The search for Brantley's replacement has not gone well.
Duncan has shown the most power with three homers, but the Indians are apparently still concerned if he can play every day. Cunningham and Lewis lead the contenders with four starts each in left field, but they haven't done much offensively.
Acta is currently sorting through his swing players, guys who can play infield and outfield. That includes Matt LaPorta, who debuted in left field in Friday's 7-0 Cactus League loss to the Angels, and Canzler.
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