ATLANTA -- All is apparently well with Cameron Maybin, who left Friday's game with cramps in his groin area that was caused by dehydration. Maybin is back in the lineup for tonight's game. Meanwhile, Mike Stanton will sit the bench one more game. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Stanton should return to the lineup on Sunday when the Marlins close out their series with the Braves.
The Marlins have a rooting interest in the Little League team from Pearland, Texas, which has reached Saturday's U.S. final. Marlins reliever Clay Hensley was a member of the Pearland Little League and has made a donation to the program to help defray travel costs for Williamsport, Pa.
Interesting note: Hensley did not pitch in Little League. He played short and center and did not start pitching until he was 21.
JOHN BAKER UPDATE....Catcher John Baker's first rehab game Friday with Single A Jupiter did not go as hoped. Rodriguez said Baker right arm did not feel good after his scheduled 5-inning stint behind the plate for the Hammerheads. Original plans called for Baker to DH today for Jupiter before returning to the plate for a 9-inning haul on Sunday. Now, Rodriguez said, those plans have been put on hold. "We're going to go slowly with him," Rodriguez said. Asked if it could mean that Baker's chances of making it back this season have dimmed, the manager hesitated to provide a specific answer. But he did not sound optimistic.
SEPTEMBER CALL-UPS.....With rosters allowed to expand on Wednesday, look for the Marlins to call up two or three players from Triple A New Orleans and, later on, two or three more from Double A Jacksonville, which will be involved in the postseason. Possible call-up candidates include reliever Chris Leroux from New Orleans and reliever Jose Ceda and infielder Osvaldo Martinez from Jacksonville.
1. Cameron Maybin, cf; 2. Logan Morrison, cf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Dan Uggla, 2b; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Chad Tracy, 3b; 7. Emilio Bonifacio, rf; 8. Brett Hayes, c; 9. Ricky Nolasco.