Infielder Solano to start in left field on Saturday

Infielder Solano to start in left field on Saturday

Infielder Solano to start in left field on Saturday
MIAMI -- With Austin Kearns on the disabled list, the Marlins are looking for right-handed-hitting help. They hope they find it in Donovan Solano, a career middle infielder who has appeared in four big league games.

Solano is scheduled to start in left field on Saturday against San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

"He will play in the field tomorrow, and good luck," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think Solano is a great athlete. Solano is a baseball player. I think he can handle himself there."

Kearns is on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. He had been the primary right-handed bat off the bench.

The hope is Kearns will only need 15 days to get back.

Miami is hitting .226 as a team against left-handed pitching, and .250 against right-handers.

Solano is a natural infielder who has been taking fly balls in left field the past few days.

Miami's outfield already includes three left-handed hitters -- Chris Coghlan, Bryan Petersen and Kevin Mattison.

"He's a right-handed hitter against a left-handed pitcher," Guillen said of Solano. "I'm looking for his bat. I'm not looking for his defense. Kearns was for his bat, not because he's a Gold Glove outfielder. We're looking for some offense."