Alfredo Amezaga is starting at shortstop and leading off today (Sunday) for the Marlins in place of Hanley Ramirez, who left Saturday's game in the second inning with a sore right shoulder. But Ramirez and manager Fredi Gonzalez said the shortstop is fine, could be available off the bench, and is definitely a "go" for Tuesday's All-Star Game.
"Just a day off," Ramirez said. "It's okay."
Said Gonzalez: "He'll be lurking (in the dugout)."
Gonzalez said Ramirez asked to start Sunday, but the manager decided against it as a precaution.
Ramirez felt the shoulder flare up in the first inning on Saturday when he made an off-target throw to first that enabled Nomar Garciaparra to reach on what was ruled a base hit.
He said he injured the shoulder earlier in the week in San Diego, and he has icing it in recent days. Before Sunday's game, he was playing a video arcade game in the player's lounge area.
Ramirez said the shoulder only bothers him to throw, not to hit. He mentioned the shoulder to Gonzalez when he came off the field after the first, but Gonzalez had him hit in the top of the second becaues the Marlins had a runner in scoring position.
He had arthroscopic surgery on his LEFT shoulder after the 2007 season to repair a torn labrum.