Cedeno likely Pirates shortstop in 2011
Manager John Russell fully expects Ronny Cedeno to be the Pirates starting shortstop in 2011.
“I think Ronny’s made a pretty good statement,” Russell said. “He’s done some very good things, especially in the second half. He’s still got some things to accomplish. He’s made great strides in a lot of areas.”
Cedeno–who has started in 110 games this season– is batting .245 with six homers, 31 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
“It’s not an easy position to fill,” Russell said. “This isn’t a make-or-break three weeks for him. He’s made a lot of progress. I see no reason why Ronny Cedeno shouldn’t be our shortstop.”
Pedro Ciriaco and Argenis Diaz, who are both currently with the club can play short stop as well.
“It’s nice to hear him [John Russell] say that,” Cedeno said. “I want to gain some consistency. Right now I’m just trying to help the team win. I’d like to be the man, the everyday shortstop next year. We’ll see what happens.”