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McGehee on broken bat that hit him Tuesday night: "I dodged a bullet"

ST. PETERSBURG -- Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee has had a lot of broken bats come flying at him over the years, but Tuesday turned out to be the first time one actually hit him.

In the fourth inning, McGehee was standing in the on deck circle when the barrel of Giancarlo Stanton's bat came zooming at him. The severed, sharp edge grazed and scratched McGehee's left elbow before the barrell hit him on the upper, left side of his rib cage.

"I got as lucky as I could have got," McGehee said Wednesday. "If the barrel hits me more flush it probably wouldn't have been too good. 

"Usually at third base my eyes usually go to the bat. But on that one I was looking at the ball. So I never saw it. Even if I would have [seen it] I'm not sure I would have been able to do anything about it."

McGehee said he wasn't freaked out over how close it came to really hurting him until he saw replays after the game. 

"[Stanton] didn't even know it happened until I told him afterward," McGehee said. "He was messing me with that I should have caught it. Tony Perez was joking saying 'You got a bat in your hand, hit it back to him.' I'm just glad we're sitting here talking about it and making light of it compared to what it could have been. I got as lucky as I could have gotten. I dodged a bullet." 


Derek Dietrich's late Tuesday night demotion -- a reassignment geared at getting the second baseman to work on becoming more consistent defensively -- opened the door Wednesday for the Marlins to get a look at left-handed power-hitting first baseman Justin Boar.

Acquired in the Triple A phase of the Rule 5 draft last December, Boar was hitting .330 with nine homers and 36 RBI for Triple A New Orleans this season.

With the Marlins playing four of their next seven games at American League parks, it's likely Bour will get a few shots to either serve as a designated hitter or even start at first base. Bour said he's only played "three or four innings in left field" in the minors so he won't be playing anywhere else.

Bour, who spent six years in the Cubs' minor league system and 23 homers in 2011 in Single A and then drove in 110 runs 2012 in Double A, said he was pleasantly surprised by Wednesday's call-up. He said Zephyrs manager Andy Haines took him out of the lineup pre-game on Tuesday and didn't explain why until after the game.

"I knew something weird was going on. I didn't know if it was going to be a trade or something like that. So I just kind of sat in the dugout the whole game wondering what was going on," Bour said. "Afterward [Haines] called me in and said, 'Sorry to lie to you, but I had to a little bit.' Then he said, 'It's June 3rd. As of June 4th you're a big leaguer. Come here, I want to give you a hug.' It was awesome. All the guys were real excited."


> Marlins (30-28): 1. Reed Johnson LF, 2. Ed Lucas 3B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee DH, 5. Marcell Ozuna CF, 6. Jeff Baker 1B, 7. Donavan Solano 2B, 8. Jeff Mathis C, 9. Adeiny Hechavarria SS. RHP Tom Koehler.

> Rays (23-36): 1. David DeJesus DH, 2. Ben Zobrist 2B, 3. Evan Longoria 3B, 4. James Loney 1B, 5. Desmond Jennings CF, 6. Matt Joyce LF, 7. Yunel Escobar SS, 8. Kevin Kiermaier RF, 9. Jose Molina C. LHP David Price.