Berti is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. Berti's time as a regular in the Miami lineup appears to be over after Brian Anderson (oblique) was reinstated from the injured list Tuesday. Anderson took over as the Marlins' third baseman in Miami's 9-3 win in the series opener, snapping a streak of 11 straight starts at the position for Berti. With Isan Diaz and Lewis Brinson seemingly locked into everyday roles in place of the Marlins' other two injured regulars -- Jazz Chisholm (hamstring) and Starling Marte (rib), respectively -- Berti may only be in store for a couple of starts per week.
Berti went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. Berti singled and scored a run in the fifth and then came back up in the seventh and sent a long ball to straightaway center to reduce the Marlins' deficit to 5-4. Tuesday was only his second multi-hit effort of the season, but it included his second home run in four games after he failed to leave the yard during first 17 contests. Overall, Berti is still struggling at the plate, as he's slashing .212/.300/.385 with five extra-base hits, eight RBI and nine runs scored to go along with a 6:16 BB:K.
Berti went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's victory over San Francisco. Berti spoiled a strong start by Giants hurler Kevin Gausman with a seventh-inning homer that tied the game at 1-1. He tacked on another RBI with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to help break the game open. After playing a limited role early in the season, Berti has now started five straight games, and he has collected one hit in each of his past four. He has yet to steal a base this season, so his fantasy production has been disappointing overall.
Berti will start at third base and bat seventh Thursday against the Giants, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. Berti figures to see a significant increase in playing time with Brian Anderson (oblique) forced to the injured list. While he's gotten off to a slow start with the bat -- he has only six hits in 38 plate appearances -- Berti could be a source of stolen bases if he can get on base at a strong enough clip.
Berti has gone 10-for-24 (.417) in Grapefruit League play with two doubles, a triple, a 9:8 BB:K and four stolen bases in five attempts. Jazz Chisholm emerged as the winner of the battle for the Marlins' starting second-base job, but Berti will provide a veteran presence off the bench behind the younger infielder. The 31-year-old could see fairly regular action as he spots in all around the diamond, and with 27 steals in 116 big-league games during his career, Berti offers stolen-base potential later in fantasy drafts after the elite speedsters are off the board.
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