PHOENIX — The Oakland Athletics don't know quite where to put shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima in the lineup.
He must have a none-too-favorable impression of the seventh spot after batting there Saturday during the Athletics' 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
He was hit in the left elbow in his first trip. Then he was hit by a pitch on his left arm in his second trip.
"In Japan I would get hit 14, 15 times a year," he said through an interpreter. "But for it to be in spring training is very unusual. I'm fine, though."
He rebounded from the double dose of pain to steal second base in the fourth inning and scored the A's fourth run on a single by Eric Sogard.
In earlier Cactus League play, Nakajima had batted second twice and sixth twice. In Japan, he began his career batting seventh but worked himself up to be the No. 3 hitter for Seibu.
"In terms of being here in the U.S.," said Nakajima, who also struck out Saturday. "I have no definite opinion of where I want to hit, just as long as I can contribute."
Before the game, manager Bob Melvin said Nakajima could move around the lineup to see where he best fits with the rest of the moving pieces.
"We'll move Hiro through spots in the lineup," Melvin said. "I'm not sure what type of hitter he is yet. Is he a hit-and-run type? Is he someone who can drive in runs?"
In the first instance, Nakajima would best bat second. In the second case, hitting sixth or seventh might be preferred.