Ozzie considering starting Greenberg on Tuesday
ATLANTA — It looks like Adam Greenberg will get more than one at-bat on Tuesday. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is leaning towards giving the 31-year-old one full inning.
The Marlins will sign Greenberg to a one-day contract to face the Mets at Marlins Park on Tuesday.
While with the Cubs in 2005, Greenberg was struck in the back of the head by the first pitch he saw at the big league level. Since then, he has dealt with head trauma and vision issues. But in recent years, he has played, and during a conference call on Thursday, he said he physically and mentally is fine.
The Marlins are promising the 31-year-old one at-bat. The best way to do that, Guillen is weighing giving him one inning.
Asked how he planned on using Greenberg, Guillen said: “I don’t know yet. I might start him. Start him in left field, and lead off. If he hits a home run, he stays. If he’s out, he’s gone. I think that’s the easiest way.”
Most likely, Greenberg would get his at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, and then be replaced.
“That’s the easiest way,” Guillen said. “If he needs one at-bat, and the game is on the line, if I’m going to pinch-hit him, then I put myself in a position where I don’t care about winning the game. To me, what is more important is to win the game. I think the best idea is to lead off him. Play him in the outfield. And then take him out after one at-bat.”
— Joe Frisaro