Michaels bats second against Buehrle

Michaels bats second against Buehrle

CLEVELAND -- The left-field platoon isn't the only one for the Indians at the outset of this season.

The No. 2 spot of the lineup will also vary, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher.

For the season opener against left-hander Mark Buehrle and the White Sox on Monday, left fielder Jason Michaels was in the two-hole, with second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera batting seventh.

When a right-handed starter is on the mound for the opposing team, manager Eric Wedge will bat Cabrera second -- where the youngster flourished at the tail end of '07 -- and left fielder David Dellucci seventh.

"It's subject to change," Wedge said. "Initially, that's the way we're going to start things off, and we'll go from there."

As for the middle of the order, Wedge has decided to bat Jhonny Peralta fifth and Ryan Garko sixth, though, during Spring Training, he considered having it the other way around. Both bath right-handed, so the splits aren't a factor.

"I think Jhonny's further along than Ryan is right now, just because he's played a little longer and has had more experiences," Wedge said. "Jhonny did a good job being more consistent last year, and he also finished strong and stepped up in different opportunities. It wouldn't take much to flip-flop them if we needed to, but I think we'll be OK either way."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.