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Marlins take Hanley Ramirez out of third spot, drop Omar Infante

May 16, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

Hanley Ramirez AP

For the first time since his rookie season of 2006, Hanley Ramirez is hitting somewhere other than first or third.

The Marlins moved their slumping superstar from the third spot up to the two hole on Monday, with usual No. 2 hitter Omar Infante getting dropped to eighth .

According to the Miami Herald, manager Edwin Rodriguez weighed trying Ramirez as a No. 6 hitter instead, but that would have made John Buck the No. 8 hitter and Rodriguez didn’t want that.

Ramirez is hitting just .213/.302/.298 with two homers and 14 RBI in 141 at-bats this season.  His career-worst OPS in five seasons is .833, but he’s at .600 right now.

While batting him one spot higher doesn’t necessarily seem like the best way to attack his slump, it does serve to get the disappointing Infante away from the top of the order.  A year after hitting .321 for the Braves, the 2010 All-Star has a .230 average and a .268 OBP in 152 at-bats this season.

Logan Morrison, who returned last week after missing three weeks with a sprained foot, will take over for Ramirez in the three hole.  He’s been Florida’s best hitter with a .328/.418/.642 line in 67 at-bats.

  1. bigxrob - May 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Is Hanley going to ask for the day off because he isn’t batting third? I hear that is all the rage these days.

  2. Old Gator - May 16, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    It was overdue. He’s still going to be a rally killer batting second, though, unless he gets his act together. What’s really worrying about it is that this isn’t just a phenomenon of this season; his slide began last year. I hope he hasn’t caught the same prion-vectored brain disease that claimed Dontrelle Willis, which was called het ding in Indonesia.

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