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With Kingery nearing return, Maikel Franco’s bat has gone ice cold

Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler opened Spring Training by saying that Scott Kingery, a natural second baseman, was going to compete with Maikel Franco for time at third base. Franco ultimately won the starting third baseman’s job and got off to a scorching-hot start offensively, including homering twice in the first two games of the 2019 season.

But with Kingery nearing a return from a hamstring injury, it may be Franco, who has struggled offensively in May, who stands to lose the most playing time.

Franco made two impressive plays defensively in Friday’s win over the Rockies, but he struck out and was hitless in three at-bats.