Hanley Ramirez will not be starting at shorstop today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. And manager Fredi Gonzalez said he didn't know if Ramirez, who was benched Monday for not hustling after a ball he booted in the outfield, would play at all he works out his issues.
For the complete interview, check out our Marlins audio section. Here is part of Gonzalez's transcript from moments ago...
Is his injury why he isn't in the lineup?
No. I think he's fine. I'm sure he's a little bruised up or banged up. But he's not in the lineup.
And the reason for that is...
I think he needs to take care of some problems. I think he needs to take care of the situation and when he handles that the right way, we'll be fine. It's one of those things that could be good. It could be good.
Will he pinch hit?
I don't know.
What do you think he needs to do?
I think he needs to talk to his teammates a little bit. You know what I mean? I think whatever feelings he has with me or not has with me, it's fine and dandy. We don't need to get along. But I think he needs to get along with the 24 other guys in his team and when that happens, we'll run him back in there. I think if he sets his ego aside, this could be good.
Does he need to apologize to his teammates?
I think he needs to talk to his teammates.
Did you speak with him?
I've spoken to him, yes. Within the last 10 minutes.
Is he suspended?
How was he in the discussion? He was pretty angry.
Did he seem like he was going to heed your advice?
We asked him if he was going to and his first words were 'For what?'
Well, what are we going to do then?
You don't want this distraction do you?
If it's handled the right way I think it could be good. If not, it could be a distraction. It could grow into some ugly stuff. Let's wait and see what happens. Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill just yet.
Handled by him?
I think so. There's not a date or an hour or the third inning of today's game. We'll wait and kind of let this thing work itself out a little bit. I think sometimes when the ego gets in the way and the ego kind of deflates a little bit and you see the forest and the trees, I think it would be good.
He said some said unflattering things about you not playing in the majors...
He's right. But I know how to play the game. I played six years in the minor leagues and I know what it takes to play this game and I know the effort it takes to play this game and I know it's hard to play this game. Believe me, I know it's hard. That's it.
He said 'It's your team, you can do whatever the f--- you want.'
It's our team. I'm just a guy who makes the lineup. It's our team.
How disappointed are you with his comments?
I'm not disappointed. Sometimes it takes a little time. But that's what you want to hear. You want this to turn around and be a positive. And that's all it takes. It takes a little bit of responsibility and we could take off. It's not the first time it's been done in the major leagues, not the first time I've done this in the major leagues. We'll see how this develops. My job as the manager -- as the f---ing manager is to make sure 25 guys play together and the effort is there. I can't control everybody going 4 for 4. But you can control the effort.