07 August 2011
The Marlins were living high after their two wins in New York that finally got the team back to .500, but things have not gone their way since then. After Wednesday's game in New York was cancelled the Fish came home for a four game series against the the St. Louis Cardinals, and it has a been a bad three game stretch thus far. Not only have the Marlins lost the first three games of the series to the Cardinals, but they have also been without Hanley Ramirez, but Omar Infante broke a finger on his throwing hand in the first game of the series and Mike Cameron also injured himself in the second game of the series. Even with Cameron back in the linup for the Marlins for Sunday's game the team is streched very thin in the infield.
The Marlins made the choice to bring up Joe Thurston on Friday after Omar Infante was placed on the 15-day DL, but his run in the Majors only lasted one day after that night the Marlins traded for Jesus Merchan to the Rockies for Alfredo Amezaga. Amezaga was a fan favorite and a great bench utility player for the Marlins from 2006-09, but since has been playing mostly in the Minor Leagues in the Dodgers and Rockies Organizations. He had been playing in Triple-A Colorado Springs where he had been starting at second base and was hitting .305 with four home runs and 41 RBI in 67 game. Amezaga also played 20 game for the Rockies this year and hit .242 with two RBI.
In his first two games back with the Marlins, Alfredo has been the Marlins starting second baseman. He went just 1-4 in his first game back, and should remain the at second base for the Marlins until Hanley Ramirez's shoulder feels better and he returns to the lineup. Once Hanley returns in a few days Amezaga will probably return to the bench and play a type of utility position that people though Emilio Bonifacio would play this season.
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