Hanley Ramirez not only returned to the starting lineup on Thursday, but was back in the leadoff spot. Ramirez, apparently, isn't taking anything for granted. He was out for early batting practice with a group of bench players, including Brett Carroll, Robert Andino and Mike Rabelo.
Ramirez, who is mired in a 1 for 17 slump, didn't play Wednesday. He hasn't hit from the top spot since May 1. His hitting numbers have suffered since being dropped into the third spot, just as they did when the Marlins tried him there last season.
In 115 at bats in the leadoff spot this season, Ramirez is hitting .322 with eight home runs, 19 RBI and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .987. In 56 at bats hitting third, he is hitting .268 with one home run, four RBI and an OPS of .743.
Here's tonight's Marlins lineup, with the Diamondbacks to follow once posted:
SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Jeremy Hermida, 3B Jorge Cantu, 1B Mike Jacobs, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Luis Gonzalez, C Matt Treanor, CF Alfredo Amezaga, P Andrew Miller.
CF Chris Young, SS Stephen Drew, 2B Orlando Hudson, 1B Conor Jackson, RF Justin Upton, C Chris Snyder, LF Chris Burke, 3B Augie Ojeda, P Dan Haren.