Cousins hoping to fill center-field void

Cousins hoping to fill center-field void

Cousins hoping to fill center-field void
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Since Emilio Bonifacio went down with a strained left thumb in late May, the Marlins have sought production from center field.

Scott Cousins hopes he can fill the void.

The Marlins promoted Cousins from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday night. He made his first start of the season on Saturday, and he delivered the game-winning hit, an RBI triple in the 15th inning off Brandon Gomes.

Miami prevailed, 4-3, over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

"I'm going to play as hard as I can and help the team win any way I know how," Cousins said. "Hopefully, I can be that piece that gets the cylinders running."

Cousins has the strongest outfield arm in the system, and he made several nice plays in center field.

Bonifacio went down on May 18, jamming his thumb while being thrown out stealing at Cleveland. The speedster had surgery to repair a torn ligament, and he isn't expected back until around the All-Star Break.

Cousins was back in the starting lineup on Sunday.

The Marlins are looking for someone to step up. Bryan Petersen and Chris Coghlan both were given opportunities to fill the void. Both are now at Triple-A.

Petersen was 10-for-44 (.227) after Bonifacio's injury. And Coghlan was 9-for-59 (.153) since May 18.