Manager Fredi Gonzalez has Ross Gload starting in right field for Friday's game against Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton, a signal that regular right fielder Jeremy Hermida might be looking at diminished playing time -- at least in the short term.
Gonzalez said that with Nick Johnson taking over at first base on a permanent basis, he wanted to get Gload at bats somehow and also noted that Gload has better numbers (2 for 3) against Blanton than Hermida (0 for 6) does.
But, considering the Phillies are sending out left-handers Cole Hamels and Marlins killer Jamie Moyer the final two games of the series, Hermida might not see the light of day in right. Gonzalez used Emilio Bonifacio in center and Cody Ross in right against Nationals left-hander John Lannon on Wednesday.
Gonzalez wouldn't commit one way or the other how he intended to use Hermida, who is coming off a tough series in Washington, one in which he went 2 for 10 in his two starts and drove in a run, but was also 0 for 6 in his other at bats with runners in scoring position. Hermida batted eighth on Thursday.
Asked if Hermida was still his regular right fielder or if he intended to use matchup numbers to dictate his decision, Gonzalez replied, "Maybe use numbers. We'll see. I think Herm is an integral part of this ballclub. But we need to get him going a little bit."
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Nick Johnson, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Ross Gload, rf; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. John Baker, c; 9. Ricky Nolasco, rhp.
-- Gonzalez said he would likely announce Saturday's starter, expected to be Sean West, after tonight's game at Citizens Bank Park.
-- The Marlins manager also said that Leo Nunez, who has not pitched since Saturday, would be used tonight somehow, regardless of the situation, to get him some work.
-- Gonzalez said he likes the way Matt LIndstrom has looked so far, but noted that he hasn't been tested in a pressure situation. Lindstrom has made two relief outings since returning from the disabled list.