Hey may still look like he got decked by Mike Tyson, but Marlins catcher John Baker is feeling at least a little better a day after Albert Pujols' backswing cut him near his left temple.
Baker, who received six stitches after leaving Tuesday's game in the sixth inning, said the swelling has gone down considerably and he no longer has a headache.
Just don't expect to see him Wednesday -- or Thursday (the Marlins would prefer to rest him twice) -- against the Cardinals. While manager Fredi Gonzalez said Baker could be available in an emergency situation, look for Wes Helms to catch if something happens to Ronny Paulino. Normally, Alfredo Amezaga would also be available. But Amezaga, who has been out with a knee injury since May 17, is on a rehab assignment in Jupiter.
As for Baker, he said he asked Gonzalez if he could stay in the game Tuesday. But trainers couldn't stop the bleeding. Baker also refused medication afterward.
"I don't like to take medicine, never have," Baker said. "My mom used to give me ice chips and I'd suck on them and sit in bed until the pain went away. I did that last night."
Baker could end up using more of a hockey style mask as the injury heals. He prefers a regular catcher's mask.
> Speaking of Amezaga, he still has yet to fully participate in baseball drills. According to Gonzalez "he's just swinging a bat right now." Amezaga and reliever Renyel Pinto will not be going on the road with the Marlins when their 11-game homestand ends Thursday afternoon.
Gonzalez said Pinto, who has been out with elbow inflammation since May 25, will pitch in rehab stints in Single A Jupiter Friday and Sunday before pitching in Triple A New Orleans. "He could end up meeting us in Boston or when we come back for the next homestand," Gonzalez said.
> Instead of just using Wes Helms or Ross Gload during the Marlins' trips to Toronto and Boston this coming weekend, Gonzalez said he plans to use the designated hitter slot to give several regulars days off from fielding. Helms, Gload and Alejandro De Aza will then play the field.
"We’d like to give [Jorge] Cantu a breather from the field and let him just DH," Gonzalez said. "Hanley [Ramirez] still has his [groin] issue, so we'll probably give him one of those days. [Dan] Uggla will probably get another day and we'll run [Emilio] Bonifacio out there [at second]. I know when Amezaga was here last year, he played six different positions the last time we went on the road [in the AL]. Not having him here might make it a little more difficult."
> Dolphins Executive Vice President of football operantions Bill Parcells, a big fan and friend of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, visited with Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and several Marlins during batting practice before Wednesday's game.