After testing his injured left hand and thumb with several clean cuts in the batting cage, shortstop Hanley Ramirez proclaimed himself fit to play and was penciled into the leadoff spot for Saturday's game vs. the Phillies -- weather permitting.
It has been raining off and on in Philadelphia for most of the afternoon, and the field at Citizens Bank Park is covered. But forecasts call for the rain to end no later than 8 p.m. Then again, forecasts this time of year are unpredictable, and the Philly area is under a tornado watch until 5 p.m.
Ramirez was injured on Friday when a sinking line drive off the bat of Shane Victorino caught the heel of his left hand, near his thumb. He left the game in the fifth inning and iced the hand at the team hotel overnight.
He said the swelling had subsided considerably and he felt no discomfort when he tested it inside the batting cage about 3 p.m.
"I took a couple of swings and I didn't feel anything," Ramirez said. "I didn't feel anything and I told (manager Fredi Gonzalez) I could play."
Without further ado, here are the lineups:
Marlins: SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Jeremy Hermida, 3B Jorge Cantu, 1B Wes Helms, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Luis Gonzalez, CF Cody Ross, C Matt Treanor, P Ricky Nolasco.
Phillies: SS Jimmy Rollins, CF Shane Victorino, 2B Chase Utley, 1B Ryan Howard, LF Pat Burrell, RF Geoff Jenkins, 3B Pedro Feliz, C Carlos Ruiz, P Cole Hamels.