Willingham ready for challenge in right field

Willingham ready for challenge in right field

Willingham ready for challenge in right field
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects Josh Willingham to be the team's starting right fielder next season, even though Willingham has only started 33 games there over his eight-year career.

But Willingham, who has served mostly as a left fielder throughout his career, said he's up to the challenge of shifting to right.

"Hopefully this spring I'll just get a lot of reps out there and get comfortable," Willingham said at TwinsFest. "That's the goal. Playing on the opposite end of the field, it's different, the way the balls come off the bat, so it'll just take a little bit of time to get used to."

With Willingham in right field, the Twins would start Denard Span in center field and Ben Revere in left field. Trevor Plouffe is expected to be the club's fourth outfielder after being moved from shortstop.