Ross Gload is back at first base tonight while Jorge Cantu remains out with a bruised hand and wrist. Cantu said he hopes to be back in the lineup on Saturday but won't know for sure until he tests the injury in batting practice. Cantu received a cortisone injection on Wednesday to speed the healing process.
Meanwhile, the Marlins enter their 3-game homestand with the Phillies mired in a pronounced offensive drought. Over their last six games, the Marlins have had the lead in just four of a total 57 innings, and at no time during the entire 3-game series in Pittsburgh in which they were swept by the Pirates.
Still no word on the identity of Sunday's starter, though speculation tends to favor Sean West, Graham Taylor or Burke Badenhop. Larry Beinfest said he expects an announcement to be made after Saturday's game.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. John Baker, c; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Ross Gload, 1b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Jeremy Hermida, lf; 7. Cody Ross, rf; 8. Cameron Maybin, cf; 9. Josh Johnson, p.
Phillies: 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. Brett Myers, p.
On Friday, the Marlins claimed left-handed reliever Dave Davidson off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and assigned him to Triple A New Orleans. Davidson appeared in two games for the Pirates in 2007 and was with their Triple A club this season before being designated for assignment.
"With (Taylor) Tankersley gone down for awhile, it's nice to have another left-hander to go to," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development and scouting. "We don't have a whole lot of left-handers, so it adds depth to the left-handers. He's still young."