Brennan Boesch

Detroit Tigers’ Jim Leyland wants Brennan Boesch to be team’s everyday right fielder

LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers outfielder, Brennan Boesch, has split the majority of his time in right and left field the past two years. That isn’t the plan for him this season.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday that he’d prefer to make Boesch the team’s everyday right fielder in 2012.

“I really think it will be good for this club if Brennan Boesch could play right field every day for the Detroit Tigers this year,” Leyland said. “I think that’d be good for our team.”

Of Boesch’s 231 career outfield appearances, 130 have been made in right.

Boesch, 26, started 45 games in right field last season, primarily platooning with Magglio Ordonez before a nagging thumb injury cut his season short. He made 57 starts in left.

Leyland was reluctant to call the move permanent, saying there could be a rare occasion Boesch would shift to left field during the course of a game.

“You might have to make a move that says ‘That guy is more comfortable in right so let’s move Boesch over,’” Leyland said. “So, I’m not going to etch it in stone.”

Leyland identified center field and right field as two positions that are “locked in” and said he needed to “tinker around a little bit” with left.