{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Dobbs settling into pinch-hitting role

Dobbs settling into pinch-hitting role

|
Dobbs settling into pinch-hitting role

MIAMI -- The return of core position players like Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup has allowed the Marlins' bench to fall into place.

Greg Dobbs, for instance, has settled back into the role the team envisioned for him entering the season. The veteran is a quality pinch-hitter who can play multiple positions.

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."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español