Donnie Murphy became the Marlins' Opening Day third baseman when Matt Dominguez failed to make the club out of spring training. Funny how the world turns, as both will be joining the Marlins as callups from Triple A New Orleans.
Murphy, along with catcher John Baker and reliever Brian Sanches, were reinstated from the DL on Monday. Dominguez is expected to join the team on Tuesday.
It should be interesting to see how often Jack McKeon employs Dominguez as his third baseman. McKeon has said repeatedly that he wants to win as many games as possible in September and feels that it would be unfair to play a prospect over a veteran who has worked hard all season with the Marlins (i.e., Greg Dobbs, in this particular situation).
But Dominguez is a special case. The Marlins need to see him perform on the big stage. They need to see how he hits major league pitching. They need to evaluate him now -- in a big league test tube -- so they have some sense as to whether he can be the Opening Day third baseman when they open their new ballpark next season.
McKeon has often said that the worst times to evaluate players are April and September, that players provide false readings in those bookend baseball months. Maybe so. But Dobbs and Murphy aren't the future for the Marlins. Dominguez is.
Put him out there. Let's see him play.