Like the rest of the team, Dobbs has seen his production pick up in June. Entering Wednesday, he was batting .296 in 15 games, and he delivered a couple of critical pinch-hit singles last weekend at San Francisco.
As a pinch-hitter this year, Dobbs started off hitless in his first eight at-bats, but he now has a string of three straight hits in that role.
"That's kind of what we talked about in Spring Training was having him in that [pinch-hit] position," manager Mike Redmond said. "But with all the injuries, he had to play. I know it's good for him, because he loves to play."
Logan Morrison started the season on the 60-day disabled list and Casey Kotchman (hamstring) missed substantial time, and Dobbs filled in at first base on a regular basis.
In May, the left-handed hitter had 91 at-bats and batted .193.
Coming off the bench, Dobbs gives the Marlins a weapon who can deliver against left-handed and right-handed pitchers.
"Really, his strength and value to this team is coming off the bench," Redmond said. "That's exactly what he's done, whether it's against a lefty or righty or whatever. We're always looking to get him into a good right-hander situation, but he gives you great at-bats against a lefty."
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