SAN FRANCISCO -- A National League scout who watched Thursday night's Game 1 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park gained the belief that a flurry of recent errors has led Brooks Conrad to play defense tentatively.
Before Friday's Game 2, Bobby Cox indicated that he too thinks Conrad has shown some apprehension in the field. But with his options limited, Atlanta's skipper has made every attempt to show the 30-year-old rookie infielder that he still has confidence in his abilities.
"We're doing the best we can in trying to build him up and keep him moving," Cox said. "We wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Brooksy getting clutch hits late in games. He's won us a ton of games and you stay with him."
While playing third base last week after Martin Prado suffered season-ending injuries (hip pointer and torn oblique muscle), Conrad committed errors in three consecutive games. He was consequently shifted to second base for Sunday's regular-season finale, and committed another error.
Conrad's defensive woes continued in the third inning of Thursday night's postseason opener, when he booted a routine grounder.
Still, after committing an error in five consecutive games, Conrad was back at second base for Game 2. Cox's only other logical choice seemed to be to take a chance on playing Troy Glaus at third base and allowing Omar Infante to move back to second.
Glaus spent most of his career as a third baseman and reintroduced himself to the position while playing for Triple-A Gwinnett during the final week of August. But the only two innings he has played at the hot corner in the Majors this year came during a convincing Sept. 8 win over the Pirates.