Last night Adam Everett sat out of the third game out of the last four because of a sore shoulder. The one game he did play in, he made two poor throws and failed to even attempt a throw. Based on that evidence, the Twins will have his shoulder looked at today and see what needs to be done. If the doctors determine that he needs to rest and rehabilitate it, or they prescribe surgery, Everett will go on the DL.
My question is, what happens to the Twins' roster if that is the case? My first thought is that he will become the new Wally Pip. If Tolbert continues to play well in his absence, the Twins might just decide that Everett is expendable. I would be fine with that. Tolbert is a much better hitter than Everett will ever be. And he's shown more range, surer hands and a stronger arm than Everett in the early goings.
I was quite disappointed in Everett's defense before the shoulder injury. He doesn't play with much energy or enthusiasm, and I can see the results on the field. An example was in Monday night's game, when Carlos Gomez threw a ball a little low to him at the cutoff position and he tried to backhand it. It was not that hard of a play if he had just squared up on it and caught it. Instead he looked disinterested and, well, kind of girly in trying to avoid being hit by it. That is an example of the nonchalance I have witnessed on several plays this year. He just doesn't look like a Twins player out there, whereas Tolbert is a paradigmatic Twins player--a high energy, hustling, tail buster.
My second question is, with Tolbert at short and Punto the primary utility guy, who takes Everett's spot on the roster during the DL stint? The Twins could use another infielder, and preferably someone who can hit and play the corners. The options (with current AAA OPS in parens) are Brian Buscher (1.020), Matt Macri (860), Chris Basak (.606), Howie Clark (.792) and Alexi Casilla (.523). Buscher has been great in the early goings, but he doesn't help Mike Lamb or Justin Morneau much because he's left handed. Clark has the most versatility and experience. Macri has the most upside, which might lend itself better to playing everyday at Rochester. Casilla and Basak have not performed well enough to warrant a call-up, IMO. I would go with Clark personally.
But I ask you, if Everett goes on the DL, who would you recall from AAA to replace him?