By Sam Bush
Phillies infielder Edmundo Sosa is working on learning center field, according to Scott Lauber of the Inky.
The plan is for the Phillies to get Sosa some center field reps during spring training in the hope he’ll be in a position for that to be an option during the regular season. Sosa has appeared in all of 3 1/3 innings in the outfield in his career, but the bulk of his appearances for the Cardinals and Phillies have come in the middle infield spots.
He slashed .227/.275/.369 with two home runs in 2022, and he projects as an infield option on the bench in 2023, with Trea Turner and Bryson Stott manning the positions full time.
Veteran Josh Harrison is also projected as a bench option that can cover the infield positions, so adding center field to Sosa’s repertoire would certainly help to deepen the bench options available to manager Rob Thomson.