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Ramirez's replacement at SS playing on bad ankle

With Hanley Ramirez out of the Marlins lineup indefinitely, Brian Barden should get the majority of action at shortstop. But if he were to need to a break, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday Wes Helms or backup catcher Brett Hayes could play shortstop for a few innings if needed.

"If the game is on the line and we need to pinch hit for him, we could run Wes Helms for him. You can get at-bats with him and you don't know if the ball is going to get hit there," Gonzalez said ."We were almost there last night, but it never materialized. One old coach said you can guarantee a hitter four at-bats, you can't guarantee a ball being hit there for a few innings."

Helms, a veteran corner infielder, has never played shortstop in the majors. Hayes, who also has never played shortstop in the pros, supposedly played the position some in high school.

For what it is worth, Barden is playing shortstop with a bum left ankle. He said he sprained it making attempting to make sliding catch in the series final against the Mets.

"Once you get out there honestly and get that adrenaline going you don't really feel it," Barden said before getting the start Tuesday. "It was kind hard to push off and go side to side on defense. Luckily they didn't hit any ground balls, just the first one [Justin] Upton had when I first went into the game."

"I'm excited to be out there. Obviously it's just bad timing. Hopefully, I could get some knocks today."

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send pinto down and bring up an infielder. you have meyers there and they are both the same, THEY STINK against left hand hitters. You need quality backups on the bench and on the field. Do not understand this banana republic of managing, come ElCheapo, give Freddie the tools he needs to win. OR IS IT THAT YOU WANT HIM TO FAIL????
BY THE WAY YOU FIRE FREDDIE AND BRING IN LOUDMOUTH FORMER MET MANAGER, ESPN COMMENTATOR IDIOT JOHNSON (?)TO MANAGE, MY 4 TICKETS WILL BE "BURNED"

cj

Did anyone in the entire state of Florida ever think that maybe Rameriez didn't take himself out of the game because he knew his back up has a sprained ankle? Add to it the face that Ugga publicly called him out last year for "not" playing through an injury and what you have is "darned if you do, darned if you don't".

If I were him, I would'nt say anything to the coach and after the game hang with my boys, to "Heck" with the "team".

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