Oct 31, 2016 8:48 PM
The Latest: Francona unsure of left fielder for Game 6
The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Once again, Indians manager Terry Francona is torn on what to do in left field.
The good thing is that Carlos Santana isn't an option.
Francona was forced to start Santana, his regular designated hitter, twice in left at Wrigley Field, where Cleveland had to play under National League rules. Santana more than held his own in Games 3 and 5.
"I was really proud of him," Francona said of Santana, who had only played four innings in left in his career before Game 5. "He's come a long way. Took a lot of work in that four- or five-day span for him to be out there, and I thought it was pretty cool. I'll be glad that we can DH somebody though."
Francona is now trying to decide whether to play Coco Crisp or Rajai Davis in left for Game 6 against Chicago right-hander Jake Arietta. Davis had two hits and stole three bases in Game 5.
Francona said he's leaning toward Crisp but wants to discuss it first with bench coach Brad Mills.