Never a dull moment with "Trader Jack" McKeon, who is sticking Hanley Ramirez into the cleanup position for the first time in the shortstop's big-league career. Yep, you heard right. Ramirez is in the No. 4 hole for tonight's game after being benched on Monday.
McKeon said Monday he wanted to keep Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez in the 3 and 4 spots, and he likes Emilio Bonifacio's speed at the top of the order.
Mike Stanton is also returning to the lineup after missing the past three games with an eye infection. Stanton told reporters on Monday that he thought he would be good to go on Wednesday. Obviously, he can see clearly now.
Here's what his lineup card looks like tonight as the Marlins try to avoid extending their losing streak to a franchise-long 12 straight defeats:
1. Bonifacio, cf; 2. Morrison, lf; 3. Sanchez, 1b; 4. Ramirez, ss; 5. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Omar Infante, 2b; Javier Vazquez, p.
Ramirez has been all over the lineup card this season in repeated efforts to wake up his bat (he's hitting .200 on the nose, at the moment). Ramirez has hit 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and now 4th. During his career, his name has been found next to every number on the starting lineup card except 5, 8 and 9.