Justin Sellers is everywhere these days — third base, second base, shortstop, outfield, starting a game, coming in late, pinch-hitting, pinch-running, whatever the team needs.
And he is just fine with that, even if it has taken some getting used to.
“It’s a little difficult getting used to, but whatever role I’ve got to do to help this team win, I’ll do it,” Sellers said. “That’s all that matters.”
The presence of prospect Dee Gordon has pushed Sellers off his natural position of shortstop, but so far the 25-year-old has no complaints.
During spring training in Arizona in March, Sellers shared a story about a conversation with Dodgers coach Maury Wills, who told Sellers he could evolve to be “the next Jamey Carroll.”
“I hope that can work out for me someday,” Sellers said. “I’ve just got to put my work in and grind it out every day, execute.”
Sellers and his teammates have been spending some extra time working on their defense with one of the Dodgers’ roving instructors this homestand.
“Matty Martin’s got us doing some work,” Sellers said. “He’s always here, constantly getting on us about some drills he wants us to get better at. You take it into the game and it works out.”
Sellers spent some extra time Tuesday focusing on his receiving, footwork and throws from third base, where he has spent time the previous two games. With rehabbing Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake only scheduled to go five or six innings Tuesday, Sellers is one of the players on deck to take over the hot corner late in the game.
“Third base is very hard, I think,” Sellers said. “A lot of people make it look easy, a lot of the veterans. But right now I feel really more comfortable over there. The more I play it the better I feel.”
Around the Lab
- One of the stranger plays during Monday’s 5-4 win over Colorado Springs involved Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy getting injured while coaching third base. Pinch hitter Eugenio Velez hit a grounder to shortstop Chris Nelson, who fired an off-balance throw to Ian Stewart at third in an effort to get the Isotopes’ Damaso Espino. The ball went past Stewart and struck Bundy in the right ankle. “I never saw the ball,” Bundy said. “Ian didn’t get any glove on it whatsoever. I go, ‘Ian, catch the ball.’ He goes, ‘Lo, he threw me a cutter.’ Yeah, it’s cutting up my ankle!” Bundy showed no ill effects during batting practice Tuesday.
- The Dodgers recalled top pitching prospect Rubby de la Rosa directly from Double-A, bypassing the Isotopes. Reliever Lance Cormier was designated for assignment, allowing Ramon Troncoso and Scott Elbert, the last two Albuquerque pitchers recalled, to remain with Los Angeles.
- First baseman John Lindsey aggravated his left calf injury Monday and will sit out Tuesday’s game. The Isotopes hope it will not keep him out for very long. Lindsey went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Monday. It was his first homer at Isotopes Park this season.