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May 12, 2014

Thoma column: Mid May is moving time for marginal regulars

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Then there’s Jason Kubel, the most prominent of the three nostalgia boys to serve time on the active roster. Kubel’s hot start, combined with injuries to Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia, got him locked into left field and the middle of the batting order.

But it’s starting to get away from Kubel. He entered Sunday without an extra-base hit since April 25, and he had struck out in half his at-bats this month.

He got the job in spring training as much through Chris Parmelee’s failures as by what he had shown. Now Parmelee’s back, having ravaged International League pitching again. At some point soon, Willingham and Arcia are likely to return.

Nostalgia and default got Kubel this far in 2014. And this may be as far as he goes.

Edward Thoma (344-6377; ethoma@mankatofreepress.com) maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at fpbaseballoutsider.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

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