As expected, the Marlins placed second baseman Omar Infante on the 15-day disabled list today, called up infielder Joe Thurston from Triple A New Orleans, and transferred outfielder Scott Cousins to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Thurston on the 40-man.
That means that five of the nine players in the Marlins' Opening Day lineup are now injured, with four of those -- Infante, Chris Coghlan, Donnie Murphy and Josh Johnson -- on the disabled list. Hanley Ramirez remains out with a sprained left shoulder, though Jack McKeon was hopeful he could be back in the lineup as early as Saturday.
McKeon has Thurston in tonight's lineup, playing second and batting seventh. The 31-year-old Thurston [see stats] was enjoying a good season at New Orleans, where he was hitting .303 with an on-base percentage of .401. He has not played in the majors since 2009. Interestingly, his last big-league action came with the Cardinals -- tonight's opponent -- where he played in 124 games, mostly at second and third base, for St. Louis. He has also played left and right fields.
Meanwhile, as I look down on the field, the coaching staff has Wes Helms out early, positioning him at second and having him practice turning double plays. Helms took over for Infante at second when he left last night's game with a fractured right middle finger.
McKeon has done some shuffling with the lineup:
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, ss; 2. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 3. Mike Stanton, rf; 4. Logan Morrison, lf; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Mike Cameron, cf; 7. Joe Thurston, 2b; 8. John Buck, c; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.