SAN FRANCISCO -- The lineup card is up inside the Marlins clubhouse and, for the third straight day, Hanley Ramirez's name isn't on it. Ramirez remains sidelined with a right hip flexor injury.
"It hurts," Ramirez said before heading off for whirlpool treatment
Ramirez said he might try to take batting practice before tonight's game at AT&T, but there is still no definitive word on his availability, even as a pinch-hitter. On Monday, manager Fredi Gonzalez told the media he thought Ramirez would be able to pinch-hit, but didn't send him out to hit in the ninth inning of an eventual 5-4 loss to the Giants.
Gonzalez said afterward that Ramirez had been unable to take batting practice Monday and was too sore to hit in a game situation. That could change tonight when the Marlins try to even the series with the Giants.
"It's a little better," Gonzalez said of the injury, "but not enough to put him in the lineup."
Emilio Bonifacio will be making his sixth start at shortstop.
Here are the lineups:
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, ss; 2. Wes Helms, 3b; 3. Dan Uggla, 2b; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. Cody Ross, cf; 6. Ronny Paulino, c; 7. Jeremy Hermida, lf; 8. Brett Carroll, rf; 9. Josh Johnson, rhp.
Giants: 1. Aaron Rowand, cf; 2. Randy Winn, lf; 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3b; 4. Bengie Molina, c; 5. Nate Schierholtz, rf; 6. Edgar Renteria, ss; 7. Travis Ishikawa, 1b; 8. Juan Uribe, 2b; 9. Barry Zito, lhp.
GOING DEEP WITH VOLSTAD
Chris Volstad heads to the hill on Wednesday hoping he can keep the Giants in the park. Volstad has given up 17 dingers this season in 98 1/3 innings compared to three jacks in 84 innings last season.
What makes the home run surge a bit more perplexing is that Volstad is still getting ground ball outs. He ranks 11th among NL starters in ground ball/fly ball ratio after finishing 9th last season.
Volstad said he is getting burned more often on pitches he's left up in the zone. But Volstad also said last year's low home run figure was as much an aberration as this season's high total. Volstad gave up 12 homers in 152 innings at Single A Greensboro in 2006 and 12 total between Single A Jupiter and Double A Carolina (over 168 2/3 combined innings) in '07.
Still, Volstad admitted the home run ball "has been my problem all year."
-- The Marlins have signed veteran reliever Scott Williamson to a minor-league contract. Williamson, who has not pitched in the majors since 2007, is working out in Jupiter and will likely be sent to Triple A New Orleans when his arm is ready.