Nationals manager Manny Acta said thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of to like about Lastings Milledge. Such as his speed and power potential, and that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be playing for him this season.
Acta was with Mets in 2006 when Milledge struck a sour chord with his flash, his lapses in hustle and showing up late to games.
“I think heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grown up a lot in two years,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Acta said today. “All he needs is to play every day and to show what he can do. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Playing Milledge will be a priority.’’
With the chance Milledge never got with the Mets, playing fulltime in center field, Acta said, “he could hit 25 to 30 homers if he plays everyday.’’
Acta envisions Milledge as a No. 2 hitter to start, but that he could settle into a middle of the order hitter, perhaps third or fifth.