Dobbs could see lots of time vs. Tribe righties

Dobbs could see lots of time vs. Tribe righties

Dobbs could see lots of time vs. Tribe righties
ATLANTA -- Ozzie Guillen has been waiting to get Greg Dobbs into the Marlins' lineup more often. This weekend, the manager will have the opportunity.

Interleague Play is beginning, and the Marlins have three games in Cleveland against the Indians, who will start right-handers in each game. That leaves Dobbs as a top candidate -- along with regular left fielder Logan Morrison -- to be the designated hitter.

"It would be very nice," Dobbs said of possibly starting some of the games. "I'll have to see how the lineups play out, but I definitely look forward to it."

The DH, of course, allows Morrison to stay in the lineup and rest his surgically repaired knee. But having both left-handed hitters in the lineup a few games wouldn't be a bad thing against the Indians.

Dobbs has started just seven times this season -- four at first base and three in the outfield -- after being the regular third baseman much of last year and playing 100 games there.

But the Marlins have Hanley Ramirez at third now, and Dobbs has been left mostly to his specialty -- pinch-hitting. He is the active Major League leader in hits, homers and RBIs in that category.

Serving as a DH is hardly foreign territory for someone used to a pinch-hitting role.

"It's just like pinch-hitting, except you get three at-bats, and potentially four," Dobbs said. "The preparation is no different. But it's always fun. I like Interleague games."

Dobbs had a career-high 411 at-bats last season, hitting .275 with 23 doubles, eight homers and 49 RBIs in his first year with the Marlins.

In 48 at-bats this season through Wednesday, he was hitting .271 with six homers. With runners in scoring position, he was batting a team-best .429 (6-for-14).