Dobbs exits in 7th inning

ST. LOUIS — The Marlins are having bad luck at the hot corner.

Greg Dobbs, who has been getting a majority of the playing time at third base, was removed from Thursday’s game in the seventh inning due to discomfort in his lower right leg. Initially, it was called a right ankle strain. But Dobbs said after the Marlins’ 6-3 loss to the Cardinals that he felt tightness in his lower right leg, above the ankle.

The veteran is listed as day to day, and he is planning on playing Friday night against the Nationals at Sun Life Stadium.

Dobbs delivered the Marlins’ first hit on Thursday, a single off St. Louis’ Jake Westbrook, who hadn’t allowed a baserunner in 4 2/3 innings.

Wes Helms replaced Dobbs in the bottom of the seventh.

Donnie Murphy was the Marlins Opening Day starter at third base, but he is on the disabled list with right wrist inflammation.

Dobbs is batting .316 on the season with two homers and 10 RBIs.

Joe Frisaro

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