Herrera learning to get comfortable in outfield

Herrera learning to get comfortable in outfield

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly fielded questions from fans on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, and one of the first ones he got was asking which callup has stood out the most.

Mattingly said Elian Herrera, noting his instant and continued success. Part of that success has been possible thanks to Herrera's versatility and ability to move around from position to position.

Now, with Matt Kemp back on the disabled list and Juan Uribe returning to the infield, Herrera's moving to the outfield to try to continue that success.

Mattingly said he plans to use Herrera in the outfield much more from here on out, and that's just fine with the utility man, who said he mostly played center field in Triple-A.

After playing primarily in the infield since being called up on May 14, Herrera is getting more comfortable in the outfield each day.

"The last two weeks I have been taking ground balls at third base and then a little at second and then I go in the outfield and take a fly ball in center and then left," he said. "I want to be ready and prepared for wherever they send me."

Herrera, who has also moved around in the batting lineup, has started nine games at second, 10 at third and three in center field. He added another start in center field Wednesday night.