CHICAGO -- Hanley Ramirez tried to make his case Friday. Three hours before the first pitch here at Wrigley, he walked into manager Fredi Gonzalez's office and asked him why he wasn't in the lineup.
Here's the good news for Fish fans: While Ramirez won't play except maybe in a pinch hitter role Friday, it definitely looks more promising than it did yesterday that could be back in the lineup Saturday.
"He definitely wants to get back in there," Gonzalez said. "He's a competitive guy. He took nine, 10 swings off the tee yesterday and he's feeling good. But I told him he's got to do a little more than that. I don't want him to aggravate the [wrist] injury. I just want to be sure he's alright before I put him back in there."
Ramirez will be substituted by Alfredo Amezaga in the lineup at shortstop for the fourth consecutive game after taking a John Maine fastball to his wrist in the first inning Monday.
Here's who'll start for the Marlins today: 1. Emilio Bonifacio 3B, 2. Cameron Maybin CF, 3. Jeremy Hermida LF, 4. Jorge Cantu 1B, 5. Dan Uggla 2B, 6. John Baker C, 7. Ross Gload RF, 8. Alfredo Amezaga SS, 9. Graham Taylor P
SCOREBOARD WATCHING: Chicago fans weren't the only ones watching the NBA scoreboard updates at Wrigley Thursday night. Gonzalez was keeping an eye on it, too.
"I was trying to see how the Magic were doing," said Gonzalez, who is close friends with former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy. "But the dang scoreboard here didn't flash the complete score. All I saw was Philadelphia's, not Orlando's. I was definitely happy to see Stan and the guys were able to pull it out."
For what it's worth, Gonzalez said he's a Heat fan, too.He says he'll be watching Game 6 of Miami's series against the Hawks closely tonight once the Marlins finish Game 2 today against the Cubs.