Based on his comments to reporters in the dugout a moment ago, it doesn't sound like Fredi Gonzalez is planning to have Gaby Sanchez supplant Emilio Bonifacio at third base.
"We'll use him as a pinch-hitter, maybe give him a start here or there," Gonzalez said of Sanchez, who was called up Tuesday from Triple A New Orleans. "He can play both corners -- first base seems like the better one."
Sanchez also considers himself to be a better first baseman. But the Marlins have had him playing third most of the time at New Orleans, leading to conjecture that the organization was positioning him to replace Bonifacio.
Maybe it'll happen in the future, but Gonzalez indicated that Sanchez would be used primarily off the bench -- at least for now.
"I'd like to give him a start here or there, but I don't know where it would be," Gonzalez said, adding that Sanchez can also serve as the emergency third catcher, if necessary. "We'll use him."
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Dan Uggla, 2b; 8. John Baker, c; 9. Chris Volstad. rhp.
Padres: 1. Everth Cabrera, ss; 2. Tony Gwynn, cf; 3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b; 4. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3b; 5. Chase Headley, lf; 6. Kyle Blanks, rf; 7. Eliezer Alfonzo, c; 8. Luis Rodriguez, 2b; 9. Chad Gaudin, rhp.
-- Reliever Luis Ayala was expected to arrive in time for tonight's game. Ayala traveled to Phoenix on Monday to be with his wife, who delivered a baby boy.