Infante back in lineup after missing three games

Infante back in lineup after missing three games

MIAMI -- A major piece of the Marlins' lineup has returned.

Omar Infante, who began the day batting .326 with six home runs and 20 RBIs, was back in action on Wednesday in the series finale against the Rockies.

The 30-year-old had missed three games due to the death of his grandfather. Infante returned to Venezuela for the funeral on Sunday, and his flight was delayed coming back to Miami on Tuesday.

Infante got to the ballpark at about 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and manager Ozzie Guillen had already decided to give his second baseman a break.

But on Wednesday, Infante was ready to go.

"The team has been playing good," Infante said. "We've got to keep it going."

Getting Infante back comes at a time Austin Kearns is now dealing with a tight right hamstring. Center fielder Emilio Bonifacio is on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

"We're missing a couple of guys," Guillen said. "A few guys are banged up, a little sore right now, especially Kearns. Infante is our second baseman. He's been our most consistent guy all year long. It's nice to see him back in the lineup."