MUDDLED IN THE MIDDLE
Opening Day starters:
Year Shortstop Second base
2012 Jamey Carroll Alexi Casilla
Carroll signed to steady infield after 2011 debacle.
2011 Alexi Casilla Tsuyoshi Nishioka
The pair ultimately switched positions, to no avail.
2010 J.J. Hardy Orlando Hudson
Hardy traded to make room for Nishioka. Really?
2009 Nick Punto Alexi Casilla
Neither Opening Day starter batted over .228.
2008 Adam Everett Brendan Harris
Offseason additions lasted one year together.
2007 Jason Bartlett Luis Castillo
Bartlett looked to be SS answer, then traded to Rays.
2006 Juan Castro Luis Castillo
Light-hitting Castro lasted until June trade to Reds.
2005 Jason Bartlett Luis Rivas
Final year for Rivas, once hailed as budding star.
2004 Cristian Guzman Luis Rivas
Guzman last to start successive openers at shortstop.