The Red Sox are going with an unconventional lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Orioles, but general manager Ben Cherington said he doesn't have a problem with it — he's happy the team has the resources for such situations.
With outfielders Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney dealing with injuries and third baseman Kevin Youkilis coming back from the disabled list, the Red Sox have plenty of players for the infield but are short in the outfield.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who has been used in right field primarily to get designated hitter David Ortiz into the lineup against National League teams, will help in the outfield Tuesday night. Youkilis will take over at first — a position he's played regularly before — and rookie Will Middlebrooks will stay at third.
"That's what you need at a time like this," Cherington said of the team's versatility.
See what else Cherington had to say about how different members of the team are stepping up on Red Sox First Pitch.