PHOENIX -- Hanley Ramirez is back on the bench as the Marlins open a four-game series against the D-Backs. However, manager Fredi Gonzalez sounded a bit more optimistic that Ramirez would show up in the lineup soon, if not Friday. Gonzalez said Ramirez would be a bit more involved in the pre-game ritual tonight -- batting, fielding, running -- and might be available to pinch-hit.
At any rate, this marks the fifth straight game that Ramirez has not started.
In the meantime......
-- Kiko Calero was activated off the disabled list. But Calero, who made 36 relief appearances before a sore shoulder landed him on the DL on June 17, said that, from now on, he'll be more honest when asked if he's ready to pitch. Calero said he always said 'yes' in the past. Now, if he's tired, he'll say so. And Gonzalez said he would be more careful in his use of Calero.