One thing Dan Uggla has done throughout his career with the Marlins aside from hit a lot of home runs (150) and drive in nearly 100 runs a season is stay healthy.
Of the 774 games he's been available to play in since 2006, he's only missed a total of 32 games. Tuesday, though, that number will increase to 33 as he sits out for only the second time this season as he continues to rest a tight right groin. And with a day off Thursday, manager Edwin Rodriguez said it's likely he'll tell Uggla to also sit and rest Wednesday.
"I don't like icing. I don't like missing games. And I don't like being out of the lineup," said Uggla, who is hitting .286 and leads the Marlins with 29 homers and 83 RBI this season. "But I don't want to make it any worse. You have to be careful with tweaks."
> There is still no official word from the Marlins on catcher John Baker's status for the remainder of the season. Rodriguez said Baker was meeting with a doctor Monday to determine if he'd need season-ending surgery on strained right flexor muscle on his throwing arm or if he's going to return to rehab in the coming days. Word now is Baker could be meeting with Dr. James Andrews Thursday for a final opinion.
As for now, Rodriguez said he's planning as if Baker won't be back. "I have to think that way," Rodriguez said. "If he shows up tomorrow and says I'll be out there in the weekend, that would be great news. But I have to plan for the worst and hope for the best."
> Left-hander Sean West, on the disabled list with right knee inflammation since August 15, threw his first bullpen session Monday and participated in his first pitcher fielding practice on Tuesday. "I feel a lot better, do not feel any discomfort at all," West said. "But I've also been real cautious, riding the bike instead of running. We'll have to see how I feel tomorrow I do some fielding."
CALLUPS MIGHT NOT ARRIVE RIGHT AWAY: Wednesday is the first day major league teams can begin expanding their rosters. But as it stands, it may be a little while before the Marlins bring anybody up.
With the Jacksonville Suns set to participate in the Southern League Double A playoffs Sept. 9 and 10, those players will likely be the last to come up according to Rodriguez. The Triple A New Orleans Zephyrs, who just clinched their consecutive losing season, don't finish their season until Monday.
"We've been shuffling names, but we haven't made any decisions yet," said Rodriguez, who said he's heard between eight and nine players being discussed as potential callups. "Initially, I would say three or four could be up by Friday. But Jacksonville is going into the playoffs. Whoever is coming up from Jacksonville would usually be later."
> Marlins lineup Wednesday vs. Nationals: Emilio Bonifacio 2B, Logan Morrison LF, Hanley Ramirez SS, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Chad Tracy 3B, Mike Stanton RF, Cameron Maybin CF, Brett Hayes C, Anibal Sanchez P