Medical personnel attend to Cubs' Adam Greenberg after he was hit… (Josh Ritchie / South Florida…)
Adam Greenberg might not lead off for the Miami Marlins, but Tuesday night he’s expected to make his return to the batters box for the team.
Manager Ozzie Guillen had previously said he was considering starting Greenberg and leading-off against the New York Mets with him when the game starts at 4:10 p.m. PDT. However, he's changed his mind and said he’ll find a place for Greenberg to get into the lineup during the game.
The Marlins announced last week that they would sign Greenberg, 31, to a one-day contract so he could get an at-bat after getting after he was hit in the head during his Major League debut seven years ago.
"I think it's good for the kid," manager Guillen said. “We decided to do it and people have to respect that about what we're going to do with the kid. I think it's a positive. Obviously if we were in the pennant race or this game means something, or if the Mets were in the pennant race or somebody was competing against the Mets in the pennant race and we have to beat them, then it's different. I don't think it's going to kill anything to get the kid an at-bat.”
Greenberg’s only appearance at the plate for the Chicago Cubs in 2005 nearly ended his baseball career when he was hit by a 95-mph fastball from Valerio De Los Santos, who was a member of the then-Florida Marlins.
Greenberg suffered from vertigo after being hit and was never able to make it back to the big-league level.
If he gets a hit, Guillen said he might get the chance to have another, but he’ll be up against Cy Young Award candidate R.A Dickey (20-6, 2.69 ERA).
Mets manager Terry Collins, who voiced his support for the Marlins decision to give Greenberg a shot, said he didn’t think giving him an easy pitch to hit was “part of the deal.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.