LOS ANGELES -- Once Matt Lindstrom returns from the disabled list, which could be early as the end of next week, manager Fredi Gonzalez said he probably won't use him in the ninth inning -- at least for his first couple of appearances.
Lindstrom threw a simulation game on Wednesday and is scheduled to make a rehab appearance on Saturday with Single A Jupiter. Gonzalez said Lindstrom would probably throw "a few more times" before the Marlins add him to their roster, most likely at the end of the upcoming homestand or the start of the next road trip.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are taking it slower with Anibal Sanchez.
Sanchez threw 45 pitches in a simulation game on Thursday and is scheduled to throw again on Tuesday in a rehab appearance with the Marlins' Gulf Coast League team. The Marlins have not set a timetable for Sanchez's return.
Gonzalez has done some lineup tweaking for tonight's game against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who held the Marlins to one hit over seven innings when he faced them in May. The most noticeable change is starting Emilio Bonifacio in left field. Asked if he might consider playing Bonifacio there more often in the future against left-handers, Gonzalez replied: "We'll see how it plays out."
Here's tonight's Marlins lineup:
1. Emilio Bonifacio, lf; 2. Wes Helms, 3b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Ronny Paulino, c; 8. Brett Carroll, rf; 9. Josh Johnson, rhp.