Kotsay could see action in center field

Kotsay could see action in center field

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Kotsay spelled slumping right fielder Corey Hart on Saturday and, in something of a reversal, might begin seeing time in center field, too.

"Kotsay, he's doing well, so we'll probably try to get him out there a little bit more," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Maybe he'll end up in center field one of these days."

The day before, Roenicke said that he didn't want to use the 35-year-old Kotsay in center.

"I don't," he said on Saturday with a smile. "He talked to me a couple of days ago about it. Physically, he's doing really well. I wouldn't do it too much, but to spell [Carlos Gomez] every once in a while, I may do it."

That will almost certainly change when Nyjer Morgan, who will miss two to four weeks with a fractured left middle finger, returns from the disabled list.

Until then, center field belongs to Gomez, who trudged into play on Saturday with a .266 on-base percentage. But he put together perhaps his best game of the season, with two hits -- including a big, two-run triple -- and a highlight-worthy catch at the wall in the first inning.