Peralta frustrating Wedge

It seems like almost every day manager Eric Wedge has to address the team’s porous infield defense. Wedge called out the infield as a whole the other day and was clearly upset with the way they have been playing. Thursday after the Tribe’s loss, the manager pointed his frustrations towards one player in particular, shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

“[Peralta] should have made the play,” manager Eric Wedge said, clearly frustrated with a season’s worth of watching his defensively challenged infield. “I’m tired of talking about the guy.

“We’ve challenged him in about every way you can — in terms of his pregame work, in terms of his first step and just what he needs to do out there. He’s going to have to do better for him to be the defensive shortstop that we need him to be.”

I think Wedge speaks for all Tribe fans indicating his feelings towards Peralta. Sure he is still young, but his lack of speed and failure to make some of the routine plays in the infield is a thorn in the Indians’ side. Shortstop is arguably the most important position in the infield because they have to cover the most ground. It is clear that Wedge’s patience with this kid is starting to run out. If Peralta doesn’t put in extensive work this offseason trying to lose weight, get in better shape, and work on his technique, could it be possible that Jhonny could lose his spot on the team?

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