Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is out of the lineup today, and he is not sure when he will play again, because of a thumb injury he suffered in Wednesday night’s game in San Francisco.
I Ramirez injured his thumb when the ball hit his thumb as he was sliding into second. He has a bruised right thumb.
“It hurts a lot,’’ Ramirez said. “I couldn’t sleep last night thinking, because I want to play. I knew right away I couldn’t play today. We’re fighting for a playoff spot. It’s kind of tough.’’
Backup catcher Paul Lo Duca, who would not have been in today’s lineup, also is hurt. Lo Duca has a bruised finger on his left hand. He was hit in the back of the catcher’s mitt on a pitchout to Ivan Ochoa in Wednesday night’s game.
Fredi Gonzalez had to use a slide rule, and some Tarot cards to put together today’s lineup, but at least he has Josh Johnson on the mound. He is trying to solve the Marlins’ problems in the No. 2 spot by putting John Baker there. Baker, a native of the Bay area, hit a pinch-hit three-run homer Wednesday that tied things at 5, before the Marlins lost 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth.
Here’s the lineup: