DENVER -- Even though he is playing in considerable pain with a strained oblique, Greg Dobbs said he has given no thought to going on the disabled list and allowing the injury time to heal.
“Until I physically can’t play or physically feel I can’t help this team, I’ll cross that bridge,’’ Dobbs said. “But I haven’t got to that point yet, nor do I envision that happening. I envision this as something I will get through and play through, and it will slowly get better. The DL is not a thought at all. If I don’t have to [go on the DL], I don’t want to.’’
Dobbs, who started again at third base Thursday, said that throwing, more so than hitting, causes him the greatest pain.
“Throwing is the worst,’’ Dobbs said. “Hitting, I don’t feel it too much. You just try to grit your teeth and get through it.’’
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he admires Dobbs for sticking it out.
“Having Dobbs on the field is a plus, and I appreciate it,’’ Guillen said. “This guy is grinding right now because he knows we need him.’’
A name to know
With injuries, trades and so forth, there are so many unfamiliar faces inside the Marlins clubhouse and dugout these days that Guillen says he doesn’t dare try to call them by name. He refers to each player simply as “big-leaguer.’’
Here’s one Guillen might want to memorize: Jacob Turner.
Guillen said that Turner, the right-hander the Marlins obtained from the Tigers in the Anibal Sanchez/ Omar Infante deal, is under consideration to make his Marlins debut in next Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader at Arizona.
Since the July 23 trade that also brought catcher Rob Brantly to the Marlins, Turner has gone 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA in his four starts at Triple A New Orleans, striking out 13 and walking 10 in 22 1/3 innings.
Guillen emphasized that a Turner call-up and start in the Arizona twin bill is not set in stone. But Turner is expected to make his way up when rosters expand after Sept. 1, if not before.
The latest newcomer to the Marlins: infielder Gil Velazquez, who has amassed nearly 5,000 plate appearances in the minors but has only 16 at-bats in very brief stays with the Red Sox and Angels. He fills the roster spot vacated by Nick Green, who was placed on the DL with a thumb injury.
“I would love to have an opportunity to be up here and play consistently,’’ said Velazquez, 32, who began his professional baseball odyssey in 1998 in the Mets farm system. “But it is what it is, and every opportunity I get I’ll try to take advantage of.’’
Velezquez’s stay with the Marlins might be just as brief as those with Boston and Los Angeles. Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy are eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.
• Friday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-2, 1.45 ERA) at Colorado Rockies LHP Jeff Francis (4-4, 5.99), 8:40 p.m., Coors Field.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28) at Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 4.28), 8:10 p.m., Coors Field.
• Scouting report: LeBlanc is emerging from his first win of the season as a starter when he defeated the Dodgers by holding Los Angeles to a pair of runs on nine hits over five innings.