ATLANTA -- Jorge Cantu was on the field taking early batting practice but isn't in the lineup for tonight's series opener against the Braves. Cantu said his bruised left hand is still "pinching," but that he felt he could pinch hit tonight, if necessary, and expected to be ready to go Wednesday.
Ross Gload gets the start at first base in place of Cantu, and there is no offensive dropoff -- on paper, at least. Gload is 10 for 23 in his career against Braves starter Javier Vazquez.
Cantu isn't the only regular missing from the lineup. Cody Ross (2 for 22 so far) is out, replaced by Alfredo Amezaga in right. Fredi Gonzalez said he wanted another left-handed bat in the lineup against Vazquez.
Marlins (5-1): 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. Cameron Maybin, cf; 8. Alfredo Amezaga, rf; 9. Chris Volstad, p.
Braves (5-1): 1. Kelly Johnson, 2b; 2. Yunel Escobar, ss; 3. Chipper Jones, 3b; 4. Brian McCann, c; 5. Garrett Anderson, lf; 6. Jeff Francoeur, rf; 7. Casey Kotchman, 1b; 8. Jordan Schafer, cf; 9. Javier Vazquez, p.: