Miami Marlins News: Nick Green Designated for Assignment, Ed Lucas Called Up
By Ehsan Kassim
May 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) forces out Miami Marlins shortstop Nick Green (22) during the seventh inning as second baseman Jeff Keppinger (7) watches at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Another day, another roster move for the Miami Marlins. This time the roster casualty for the Marlins was Nick Green, for a second time this season. In his place, the Marlins decided to bring up Ed Lucas from Triple-A New Orleans.
Nick Green’s second stint with the Marlins was a bit longer than his first, but he was not able to produce enough for the Marlins to warrant him a spot on the roster. Green owned just a .236/.302/.327 slash line in 65 plate appearances with the Marlins.
With the Marlins down three first baseman, Green was also getting some action at first base, as well as at second and short. Green’s 2013 numbers were right in line with his career .236/.303/.346 career slash line.
With this being the second time the Marlins have designated Green for assignment, I highly doubt he would accept a minor league assignment with the team.
To take Green’s place, the Marlins called up the 30-year old third baseman, Ed Lucas. Lucas started his pro career in the Kansas City Royals farm system before moving onto the Atlanta Braves system for a couple seasons, and then the Los Angeles Angels last season.
The Marlins signed Lucas as a minor league free agent before the 2013 season and quickly assigned him to Triple-A New Orleans. Lucas has enjoyed one of his best seasons as a pro in 2013, with a .300/.351/.450 slash line with a .351 wOBA and 5 homers.
The Marlins are hoping to strike lightning in a bottle with Lucas and hope he becomes the next Justin Ruggiano. That however is highly unlikely. He should see some playing time at first and third, but will likely be among the first cuts when Logan Morrison and other injured Marlins players make their way back.