Yep, you read right. Alfredo Amezaga is a Marlin again. The Marlins have announced that they acquired the versatile Amezaga him from the Rockies in exchange for minor leaguer infielder Jesus Merchan. And they're not wasting time with him.
The Marlins have placed Amezaga on their 25-man roster and designated Joe Thurston for assignment. Amezaga is starting tonight at second and batting second for the Marlins. Amezaga was a member of the Marlins from 2006-09 before undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee and ending up in the Rockies system.
It hasn't exactly worked out for Amezaga in Colorado. He didn't play at all in 2010 and spent most of this season at Triple A Colorado Springs, where he hit .305.
Amezaga can play pretty much anywhere on the field, though reports are he's gained a bit of weight and is better suited for either second or third rather than shortstop. Clearly, this was a move designed for depth, especially now that there's a hole at second base due to the injury to Omar Infante.
Meanwhile, Hanley Ramirez remains out of the lineup.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, ss; 2. Alfredo Amezaga, 2b; 3. Mike Stanton, rf; 4. Logan Morrison, lf; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 7. John Buck, c; 8. DeWayne Wise, cf; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.
Hear what Amezaga had to say on his first day back in South Florida: