The Miami Marlins have little depth at first base in the wake of the injury to Casey Kotchman and they are trying their best to sure up their emergency options the position internally with a number of players with little or no experience at the position, writes Clark Spenser of the Miami Herald.
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Gregg Dobbs has been manning the position for the past two games, but the Marlins lack depth behind him. According to Spencer, the team gave catcher Miguel Olivo, outfielder Chris Coghlan, infielder Chris Valaika and outfielder Austin Kearns reps at the position. Kearns played first in two games for
Even before the loss of Kotchman, the Marlins had little depth at the position thanks to injury. Logan Morrison was placed on the 60-day DL at the end of spring training after setbacks in his recover from off-season knee surgery pushed back his expected return date. First baseman Joe Maloney also began the season on the DL with an oblique injury. He is eligible to come off the DL today, but he still expected to be at least a week away from returning to the Marlins.
At this point, there is no reason to believe that the Marlins will seek outside help at first. Kotchman and Maloney should return shortly and Dobbs is an adequate replacement until they do. However,