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Marlins hit Ramirez second, first time since 2006

Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:47 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Another struggling star.

Another lineup switch, to another unfamiliar spot.

At least Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez didn't ask Hanley Ramirez to hit ninth. Or eighth.

He is asking him to bat second, starting with Monday night's game against the Mets. For Ramirez, the 2009 National League batting champ who is hitting just .213 this year, it's the first time he has hit anywhere but leadoff or third since his rookie year of 2006.

"He's still in the middle of everything," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said he has been speaking to Ramirez about a potential switch for the last couple of weeks, and said he also considered moving Ramirez (who had hit third in every game he started this season) into the leadoff spot, or even to fifth or sixth.

Rodriguez sold the idea as a way to move John Buck out of the eighth spot (Omar Infante dropped from second to eighth), but Buck moved up just one slot, to seventh.

Really, this was about Ramirez, and about finding a way to get him going.

"I think they're going to pitch him the same," Rodriguez said. "I think he's going to approach it the same. I don't think it's going to be a big change."

But he does hope it's going to be a change, because while the Marlins are off to a good start at 23-16, they're not the same team when Ramirez is struggling.

The struggles, Marlins people say, have been solely about Ramirez's offense. While he has six errors, people around the team insist that there haven't yet been signs of him carrying his offensive struggles into the field.


Category: MLB
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