Carrera to get regular time in left field

Carrera to get regular time in left field

Carrera to get regular time in left field
DETROIT -- Ezequiel Carrera should get used to seeing his name in the Indians' starting lineup. Cleveland plans on giving the young outfielder a shot at the regular role in left field to hopefully spark the bottom of the batting order.

Carrera got the nod in left field on Sunday for the finale of Cleveland's three-game set against the Tigers, marking the third day in a row he started for the Tribe. Manager Manny Acta said Carrera will see the bulk of the playing time in left going forward.

"The majority of the time against righties, yeah," Acta said. "Here and there, we're going to mix in Shelley [Duncan] against lefties and stuff."

Carrera, 25, had two hits in his first game back with the Indians on Friday and he added a pair of triples in Saturday's loss in Detroit. Carrera became only the second Indians hitter since 2001 to collect two triples in a game. Josh Barfield also accomplished the rare feat for the Tribe in '07.

In 97 games for Triple-A Columbus this season, Carrera hit .294 with a .345 on-base percentage and a .419 slugging percentage. The speedy outfielder collected 19 doubles, six triples, six home runs, 26 stolen bases, 65 runs and 116 hits.

Cleveland is hoping Carrera can give the Indians that type of production, especially in the lower third of the lineup. Entering Sunday, Cleveland's Nos. 7-9 hitters had combined to hit .244 with a .303 OBP and a .371 slugging percentage through 107 games this season.

Carrera hit ninth on Friday and Saturday and served as the No. 7 hitter on Sunday.

"That's our hope," Acta said, "to get better in the bottom of the order and give those first four guys in our lineup a chance to have runners on base. I think he can do that for us."