Marlins to place Casey Kotchman on DL; first base situation dire

Casey Kotchman
Casey Kotchman, breaking his bat in Wednesday night's game. (AP)

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Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman has a strained left hamstring and will be placed on the disabled list Friday, manager Mike Redmond told reporters Thursday (via Fish Tank blog).

Greg Dobbs will get the start Thursday at first base and Miguel Olivo and Chris Valaika will be options moving forward, according to reports.

How bad is this?

Well, Kotchman was only playing because Logan Morrison is on the 60-day disabled list. But what's left is pretty laughable.

Dobbs is a career utility man who is a below-average hitter. He's only spent 369 of his career 3,108 defensive innings at first base. But he's easily the best option.

Olivo is the backup catcher and has only appeared in five games (nine total innings) at first in his 12-season big-league career, and Valaika has never seen time in the majors or minors at first.

Ladies and gentlemen: your 2013 Miami Marlins.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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