Hechavarria receives first start at second base

Hechavarria receives first start at second base

Hechavarria receives first start at second base
TORONTO -- Fresh off his first big league RBI on Saturday, rookie Adeiny Hechavarria made his first Major League start at second base in Sunday's series finale against the Texas Rangers.

It gave the Blue Jays a Cuban middle-infield combination -- with Yunel Escobar at his usual position of shortstop -- in what could be a glimpse of the future.

"Hechavarria has played some second base at [Triple-A] Las Vegas," manager John Farrell said. "We started that familiarity with the position at Spring Training.

"Looking forward to seeing that combination. Whether or not that's a glimpse into the future, that's [possible]. But with the lefty-righty [matchup], I felt like this was the best combination to put on the field today."

The Blue Jays were facing left-hander Matt Harrison in the rubber match of the three-game series with the Rangers. It also gave regular second baseman Kelly Johnson, who bats left-handed, two consecutive days off, including Monday's off-day, to rest some nagging leg injuries.

"He felt it a little bit in that same spot in the back of the knee that he was feeling earlier in the year on Friday night," Farrell said.

Hechavarria made 10 previous big league starts, nine at third base and one at shortstop.