Choo has been having success lately -- including a homer and two doubles on Saturday -- as he works his way back from a right elbow injury and tries to show he can be an everyday player. And Wedge said Gutierrez, who hit two doubles Saturday, will get more playing time as he tries to raise his .219 batting average.It's actually been the rookie Francisco who has shown the most consistency this season among the four young hitters, posting a .291 average with eight homers. "He hunts the baseball. He goes up there ready to hit," Wedge said. "He's not afraid to take risks, he's not afraid to look bad and there's a lot to be said for that." He's also shown an ability to take some walks, and his on-base percentage is a respectable .351. While the young guns show promise and get their hacks at the plate, Hafner's return means the playing time might not come so frequently. "It will definitely be tougher when [Hafner] comes back," Wedge said. "So hopefully, we make some progress, work down the road mentally with some of these guys by then."
Jesse Baumgartner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.