MIAMI -- Because of his speed, and ability to create havoc on the bases, Jose Reyes has long been considered a prototypical leadoff batter.
But baseball is a game of adjustments, and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen believes the four-time All-Star shortstop can be more effective batting third.
"I don't think he's a true leadoff hitter," Guillen said. "Even though he's been leading off all of his life. He wasn't walking much. His on-base percentage is not that great. It's good. I don't mind him hitting second or third."
Actually, Reyes has been anchored in the third spot since Hanley Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers on July 25.
Reyes opened the season batting first, and he appeared in 95 games at that spot, batting .274 with a .339 on-base percentage.
Since moving into the No. 3 spot, he's hitting .290 with a .345 on-base percentage.
When the switch to third was made, Guillen made it clear that he didn't want Reyes to change his game. From either spot, he's continued to steal bases.
In 95 games, he stole 23 bases from leadoff, and he's had 12 steals in 46 games batting third.
Guillen said he plans on batting Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton third and fourth, respectively, next year.
The hope is for Emilio Bonifacio to bat first.
"I expect Bonifacio to be our leadoff hitter next year," Guillen said. "We'll find out who is going to be our second hitter, and then the rest."
Johnson aiming for 200-inning benchmark
MIAMI -- A slight revision to the Marlins' rotation means that Josh Johnson will make three more starts.
The next one will be Johnson's 30th of the season, and it will take place on Wednesday against the Braves at Marlins Park.
Reaching 30 is a big number for the Marlins ace, because there were questions about his health in Spring Training.
In 2011, right shoulder inflammation limited Johnson to nine starts and 60 1/3 total innings.
Now, the right-hander is at 179 1/3 innings, and his goal is to reach 200.
"I'm getting all my starts in, and I'm trying to get to 200," Johnson said.
Johnson is going to have to average seven innings per start to reach the benchmark for the second time in his career. In 2009, he logged 209 innings in 33 starts.
"My goal this season was no numbers, but to make all my starts," Johnson said. "If I miss the last one, that's fine. I'm fine with that. It's no big deal, because there is no reason to be out there."
Initially, Johnson was lined up to pitch in the season finale on Oct. 3 against the Mets at Marlins Park. Now, Mark Buehrle is scheduled to pitch in that game.
Johnson's final start is expected to be on Oct. 1 against the Mets.