In addition to maybe two starts a week, Sveum said he envisions using lefty-hitting backup catcher Steve Clevenger in more late-inning pinch-hit situations such as Monday's ninth inning, when Clevenger delivered an RBI single.
``You've got to stay away from sometimes using him too early,'' Sveum said of his only backup catcher. ``But that's a nice asset on your bench to be able to use in that situation, because he hits velocity, and that's what his at-bats are going to be a lot of times. Pinch-hit at-bats are going to be off closers and setup guys.''
Clevenger, 26, was a seventh-round draft pick in 2006 who hit .308 in the minors with a .790 career OPS, before breaking into the big leagues last September.
But Sveum likes the converted infielder for a lot more than his hitting ability.
``One, he's a heck of a catcher. He receives well, he calls the game, he throws the ball extremely accurate,'' Sveum said. ``And then his left-handed bat. ... He's a valuable weapon.
``He's probably, if not the best, one of the best backup catchers in all of baseball.''