{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Matheny trying to find spot for Wigginton

|
Matheny trying to find spot for Wigginton play video for Matheny trying to find spot for Wigginton

PHILADELPHIA -- Ty Wigginton's 5-for-9 career numbers against Cole Hamels did not get him his second start of the season Thursday, but there is a good chance his 7-for-22 vs. Roy Halladay will get him in the lineup Friday night.

"Today was certainly a consideration but there's a couple guys on this staff he hits pretty well," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "There is a good chance Ty will get a start here."

Wigginton came into the series 2-for-13, mostly in a pinch-hitting and late-inning replacement role. But on a team that leads the Majors with a .392 average with runners in scoring position, he is not the only Cardinal for whom Matheny is searching for at-bats. Matt Adams was 11-for-21 and didn't start Thursday night, either.

"It's an incredibly challenging problem to have," said Matheny. "But we have some very good players who came into this season as our everyday guys who are doing a good job.

"We just have extra depth. There is no reason to send Matt Adams to Triple-A. He has nothing to prove there, so it's just a matter of keeping him active and fresh and out there a couple times a week. It will give guys more rest.

"It does seem to work itself out over time. We would rather it not because that means somebody went down."

Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español