08/11/12 7:40 PM ET
Journeyman Green relishing big league chance
By Tom Green / MLB.com
"It's tough," Green said. "The older you get, the more young guys there are and the more competition there is [for roster spots]. I just appreciate every opportunity I get now."
His most recent opportunity came when the Marlins selected his contract from Triple-A New Orleans on Aug. 4, to replace the injured Emilio Bonifacio. Since then, and the subsequent hamstring injury to infielder Donnie Murphy, Green has made five straight starts for the Marlins, including Saturday's matchup with the Dodgers.
Prior to his stint with the Marlins, Green last played in the Majors on July 6, 2010, with the Blue Jays. The career journeyman is now with his eighth Major League team, and although Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen made it clear that Green is only getting time because of the injuries to Bonifacio -- who is expected to return Aug. 19 -- and Murphy, Green is enjoying his time with the Marlins.
While the results haven't shown early on at the plate, with Green going just 2-for-16 entering Saturday, he hasn't let that put a damper on the experience.
"Even though I'm as old as I am and been through so many different teams, it's still tough sometimes to overcome trying too hard or trying to prove that you should be here," Green said. "Hopefully that all goes away and I get back out there and get in a groove.
"I know what to do. It's tough to do it sometimes, but I'm going to try to break through and not put as much pressure on myself and just have fun and enjoy my time here."
Bonifacio could be headed back to center field
MIAMI -- Emilio Bonifacio's stint at second base could be short-lived.
After a second thumb injury for the Marlins speedster, manager Ozzie Guillen said the team would re-evaluate whether to move Bonifacio back to center field, where he started 47 games this season before filling the void at second when Omar Infante was traded to the Tigers on July 23.
Bonifacio started 14 games at second base before he sprained his left thumb while making a diving attempt at a Michael Morse infield single Aug. 3 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Nationals. The Marlins initially thought Bonifacio would be done for the season, but tests showed the thumb, which he had surgery on in May, was only sprained.
Because Bonifacio has suffered two injuries to the same thumb, Guillen thinks a shift back to center field could be the safest move.
"We got to go through 30 different minds of people that have different opinions," Guillen said about the pending decision. "To me, I think when you got an injury -- a hand injury -- and you play second base, you got to tag, you got to go cover, you got to turn double plays, you got to come in, come to the sides. You have a better chance to get hurt at second base than any place else."
While a move back to center field is possible for the rest of this season, Guillen wouldn't speculate as to which position Bonifacio will play beyond this year.
"We'll see next year how that works, but right now I think we have to be careful what he's doing," Guillen said.
Bonifacio has been on the disabled list since Aug. 4, and he is eligible to be reinstated Aug. 19. Guillen said Bonifacio's recovery is on schedule, and the speedster will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days before rejoining the team when it travels to Colorado on Thursday for a four-game set. Bonifacio is able to come off the DL for the finale of that series.
Marlins give Gorkys chance at leadoff spot
MIAMI -- Gorkys Hernandez was hitting leadoff Saturday for the first time since the Marlins acquired him.
Consider it an audition for the speedy 24-year-old outfielder -- at least, that's how Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is treating it.
"We're going to try to see what this kid can bring to the table," Guillen said. "I know what [Bryan] Petersen and [Chris] Coghlan and [Scott] Cousins -- I know what they can do. Now we're going to try to find out what the kid can do.
"Can he help us in the future? Can he help us this year? We'll see. We'll see how it plays out. That's the reason he's there."
Since the Marlins acquired Hernandez from the Pirates in exchange for Gaby Sanchez at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Hernandez has just two hits in 17 at-bats and a .250 on-base percentage. However, Hernandez's two hits have come in his last three plate appearances, and he has come around to score both times.
Saturday marked his fifth start in center field and what Guillen joked was "the first time Hernandez hit leadoff -- even when he was playing Little League."
Guillen wants to see what Hernandez can do when given the opportunity, and try to figure out whether he has a future in a crowded Miami outfield as Guillen continues to try to find the best lineup for the Marlins moving forward.
"I'm going to try to see what this kid can bring," Guillen said. "[Petersen] is swinging the bat pretty good right now, but I just want to see how [Hernandez] plays [Saturday] and then we go about what we see."
As expected, shortstop Jose Reyes was back in the Marlins' lineup Saturday and batting third. Reyes has dealt with a sore right hand for the last week, and was given the day off Friday to rest it while a lefty was pitching for the Dodgers.
"Jose can hit lefty," Guillen said. "His hand is still sore. Hopefully he's just sore and we don't get to the next point where he can't play anymore. We're trying to be careful about it and get him back in the lineup."
Gregg Dobbs was scratched from the lineup shortly before first pitch due to a tight left oblique. Dobbs, who's listed as day to day, was slated to start at third and bat sixth. Nick Green shifted to third and remained seventh in the order, while Donovan Solano batted sixth and got the start at second.
Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.