Bochy liking Tejada at second base

Bochy liking Tejada at second base

SAN FRANCISCO -- The sight of Miguel Tejada playing second base could become more and more common in the early days following the All-Star break and perhaps beyond that, manager Bruce Bochy indicated.

"We're looking at him playing a lot of second base," Bochy said Saturday as Tejada prepared to start at that spot for the fourth time in five games.

Pablo Sandoval's all-around excellence at third base and Brandon Crawford's slick defense at shortstop prevent Tejada from claiming much playing time at either of those positions. But Tejada's mini-resurgence at the plate has prompted Bochy to try to keep him in the lineup. Entering Saturday, Tejada was hitting .361 (13-for-36) with two home runs and six RBIs in his previous 10 games.

Bochy said that Tejada's arm strength, which is probably his most prominent defensive asset at this stage of his career, comes in handy on backhanded plays at second base, though he's still acquainting himself with plays that force him to move to his left.

Until this past week, Tejada, 37, had never played second base in his previous 2,100 Major League appearances.