A night after blowing a golden opportunity to take the first game of the series at Dolphin Stadium against the World Champion Phillies, the Marlins got some good news regarding their lineup. First baseman Jorge Cantu will be back in it.
Cantu, who flew back home early from Pittsburgh this week to get a cortisone injection on his deeply bruised left hand and wrist, apparently had a good session of batting practice early Saturday. It was enough to convince manager Fredi Gonzalez to put Cantu back in the cleanup spot.
"We’ll keep an eye on him," Gonzalez said. "I’m sure it’s going to be some days where it feels a little sore, but he said he’s made tremendous progress in the last three days."
Cantu's bat will definitely be welcomed. The Marlins have produced just nine runs in their last three games. Cantu is hitting .341 this season He and outfielder Jeremy Hermida (.308) are the only regulars hitting better than .300.
Here are the lineups for both teams...
> FLORIDA: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3B; 2. John Baker, C; 3. Hanley Ramirez SS; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1B; 5. Dan Uggla, 2B; 6. Jeremy Hermida, LF; 7. Cody Ross, RF; 8. Cameron Maybin, CF; 9. Chris Volstad, P
> PHILADELPHIA: 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS; 2. Shane Victorino, CF; 3. Chase Utley, 2B; 4. Ryan Howard, 1B; 5. Jayson Werth, RF: 6. Raul Ibanez, LF; 7. Pedro Feliz, 3B; 8. Lou Marson, C; 9. Chan Ho Park, P.
LINDSTROM WILL TAKE A DAY OFF: Closer Matt Lindstrom, meanwhile, will get the night off. But it's not because he's coming off the most embarrassing night of his career. According to Gonzalez, they're giving Lindstrom the night off because he threw 38 pitches last night.
"If it wasn’t 36, 37 pitches he threw [we’d use him tonight]," Gonzalez said. "We still got to be careful with his arm. If it was 16, 20 pitches. I think we’re going to stay away from him because it was 38 pitches."
In case the Marlins are in position tonight to close out the game again in the ninth, Gonzalez said he would play tonight's game by feel. "It will probably be a matchup thing. We'll see how it goes."
INJURED RELIEVER GETS MOUND WORK: Marlins right-handed reliever Rick VandenHurk pitched for the first time off a mound on Friday since he left a spring training game against the Mets on March 28th. VandenHurk, who said he likely tweaked his elbow while pitching for the Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic last month, is still likely a month or so away from coming back to the Marlins.
"It’s going to be another probably five or six times off the mound before he faces hitters," Gonzalez said. "And that’s not going to be every other day. It may be two days off, three days off, that kind of stuff."