JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals' scrutinized spring second-base competition will end without a sole winner, though manager Mike Matheny doesn't want this misconstrued as disturbing news. Rather, he feels both candidates -- Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene -- have shown enough to warrant consideration for regular-season starts at the infield position.
Matheny refrained from using the word platoon when describing how he'll handle his second-base options early in the season. But he did describe a plan in which he'd go game-by-game in deciding who to put in the lineup.
"I still don't see it black and white," Matheny said. "I still see that there are a lot of things that are going to go into the equation. They've both proven to us that they're capable. It's going to once again be putting in the information to see which guy gives us the best chance in our mind that day."
Asked if that meant that the competition would be ongoing, Matheny replied, "I don't see it as a competition. I see it as integral parts into the larger puzzle and who is going to fit that particular day."
Matheny will have the ability to play to pitching matchups, since Greene hits right-handed and Descalso left-handed. He could also opt to put the stronger of the two defensively, which would be Descalso, out on the field in games where the Cards expect lots of ground-ball outs from their pitchers.
The two infielders had similar offensive results this spring, with Descalso getting hot early in March and Greene collecting most of hits during the latter part of Grapefruit League play. Both committed four errors. Given that the Marlins are starting right-hander Josh Johnson on Opening Day, best guess is that Descalso will get the season's first second-base start.