NEW YORK -- After weeks of contemplation, manager Edwin Rodriguez has decided to make a lineup move involving his slumping shortstop, Hanley Ramirez. Rodriguez moved Ramirez to the No. 2 spot in the order, just ahead of Logan Morrison.
Whether anyone actually gets to see the new lineup in action tonight remains to be seen as the tarp is out at Citi Field, where it is raining lightly.
Rodriguez said he has been discussing the move with Ramirez for a couple of weeks. In announcing it to reporters on Monday, the manager spun it in a couple of different directions, saying part of the decison rested on not batting John Buck in the No. 8 hole. Rodriguez would prefer Omar Infante to hit in that spot.
But there is little doubt that the changes were made with Ramirez in mind. Ramirez began the day with a .213 average and met privately with Rodriguez in the manager's office before the lineup was posted in the clubhouse.
"I've been talking to Hanley about it," Rodriguez said. "I feel with LoMo back, it's time to do it."
Rodriguez said he gave some thought to dropping Ramirez as low as the sixth spot, but decided he preferred him closer to the top of the order. Ramirez has started in the No. 2 hole 17 times in his career, all during his rookie season in 2006, and hit .233 from that position.
"I like to see Hanley coming up in the first inning because he can create so many things when he's on base," Rodriguez said. "If I hit Hanley sixth or seventh hole and gets on base, he steals a base, then they walk the eighth hitter and we don't get that offensive part of our game going. He's an RBI guy, so I don't want to make too many changes."
Ramirez sent word through the Marlins media relations director that he didn't want to make a big deal over the change and deferred all questions about the move until after the game.
Listen to Rodriguez discuss the lineup change:
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Omar Infante, 2b; 9. Josh Johnson, p.