After riding the pine for two games since the return of Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas, Josh Satin was inserted into Sunday’s lineup at the last minute after Brewers decided to start Tom Gorzelanny instead of their originally announced starter. Satin didn’t miss a beat and continued where he left off going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Satin is now batting .382 with an on-base percentage of .485 and a slugging percentage of .600 in 66 plate appearances. Of course there’s no way he will keep up that torrid pace, but wow…
Terry Collins, who still insists he will not platoon Satin with Davis (although how does he explain yesterday?), says he will find ways to get his bat into the lineup even if it means getting some reps in the outfield. Satin has played just two Triple-A games in the outfield, but also played in the outfield for Venezuela during winter ball, so he’s not a stranger there. The guys is as athletic and versatile a player as you can find.
“I feel like I could do it,” Satin said. “I am willing to do whatever I can to keep playing.”
Collins also suggested that Satin would also get some time at second base. As I wrote a few times in the last few weeks, second base is Satin’s natural position. He was drafted as a second baseman and was selected as an All Star on three occasions at the position.
Satin has said and done all the right things with regards to Davis’ return and told the Daily News that he “has no hard feelings” and describes his relationship with Ike as “being very close friends”, dating back to their time playing against each other in college. “I love Ike,” Satin said. “I am really happy he’s back.”
This is a good guy… A talented guy… And someone who can be a very productive piece to our puzzle… Don’t be scared off by his age. Satin has always hit at every level and has been an All Star in every year of his professional career.