Veteran Dobbs playing through the pain

Veteran Dobbs playing through the pain

DENVER -- Third baseman Greg Dobbs has been soldiering on, playing with a strained left oblique for about a week, and giving the banged-up Marlins a much-needed veteran in their lineup, which Thursday night included four players who have spent time in the Minors this season.

"Just to have Dobbs on the field to me is a plus, and I appreciate that," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This guy is grinding right now because he knows we need him."

Guillen said ideally he would give Dobbs a couple of days off to let him get better. Dobbs said he has been able to manage the injury with treatment.

"Where it's bothered me most has been defensively," he said. "Offensively, I don't feel it as much. So it hasn't limited me in that much."

Dobbs said he has not been forced to play cautiously, tempering his swing slightly or holding back on certain plays at third base. And above all, he knows he's needed at this time.

"Whether I would be starting or coming off the bench, you always want to be able to help the team," Dobbs said. "That's what my mindset is -- I don't want to let my teammates down or the team down. I want to be there for them, do whatever I can to help. So that's what drives me."