Production will keep Lillibridge in lineup

Production will keep Lillibridge in lineup

Production will keep Lillibridge in lineup
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Spring Training 2012 will rank as one of Brent Lillibridge's favorites because of the position in which he finds himself.

Make that, roster position, as Lillibridge didn't have to wait until the final few days to find out if he was breaking camp with the team. As for his on-field position, Lillibridge needed to check the lineup pretty much every day to see where he would be located.

There were three games in left field, three in center field and one in right field. He played third base on eight occasions, second base twice and got to shortstop in three different games. Lillibridge even returned to first base for a game last week and will be playing first base again in Monday's Cactus League finale against the Brewers.

Versatility basically stands as the position listed next to Lillibridge's name.

"It doesn't matter where I'm at," said Lillibridge, who played left after entering in the sixth and drove in two during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Reds. "If I get more at-bats because of it, I'll be happy.

"Going from last year, just trying for at-bats, to where I'm getting more games in this year and they are giving me at-bats, yeah, it's definitely exciting. But I have to produce. I have to do well for them to throw me out there as a bench guy."

In regard to progress made offensively, Lillibridge added that improvement as another reason for his memorable spring.

"This spring has been awesome with the way I've been feeling," Lillibridge said. "I'm getting a lot better at my approach, with stuff I really want to work on. I feel in a great position and ready to get going."