Solano spells Infante at second in St. Louis

Solano spells Infante at second in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- A day after making a game-saving defensive play, Omar Infante was given Saturday off.

With Infante taking a breather, the Marlins started Donovan Solano at second base.

Solano was a non-drafted free-agent signing for the Cardinals in 2005. He played in the Minors with current St. Louis players such as Jon Jay, Tyler Greene and Allen Craig.

But the Cardinals felt the infielder didn't have a spot in their system, so he was set free, and the Marlins signed him to a Minor League deal on Nov. 22, 2011.

The 24-year-old Colombia native is making the most of limited opportunities, batting .349 in 22 games entering Saturday.

"I talked to a couple of their coaches, and they said it was a shame they had to lose this kid because they didn't have the space for him," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This kid, from the first day we played him in Spring Training, opened a lot of people's eyes. He played well."

Guillen is glad to give Solano a chance to play against his former organization.

"This kid, he should be proud," the manager said. "All of a sudden, he goes from one organization to the other, and you are invited to Spring Training, just in case something happens."