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Nolasco Tests Knee, Ramirez Dyes Hair, Manager Changes Lineup

 

       NEW YORK -- Lots going on, so let's get to it.

       Ricky Nolasco tested his injured right knee (torn meniscus) in a 15-minute bullpen session this afternoon, said he experienced no discomfort, and will wait to see if there's any swelling on Thursday. If there is none and he also proves to the coaching staff that he can field his position, he'll start Saturday in Atlanta.

       "Good enough to go forward," Nolasco said of Wednesday's throwing session. "There wasn't any pain pushing off. I can't help but feel good about it. At the same time, we have to wait to see how I feel tomorrow, see how I do just covering the mound. I'm pretty happy with what's going on. It's nothing that I can't deal with. There's no sharp pain. That's all I can ask for. If I get sore, I can deal with that stuff. Saturday's the target."

       Asked if he's entertained the thought of, at this late stage in the season, shutting down, Nolasco replied: "Absolutely. If I feel any little thing, I'm just going to shut it down. But, if it's something I feel like I can deal with, then I don't know why I shouldn't finish the season. I'm going to be smart about it. If I take one back step in the process, then I'm going to shut down."

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       On the fashion front, shortshop Hanley Ramirez showed up Wednesday with his hair dyed a rust color. He said he colored the hair himself but intended for it to be blond.

        "I got it too dark," he said. "I think I've got to do it again."

       Ramirez said he is trying to convince Dan Uggla to dye his hair as well, but the second baseman said he would have to think about it first.

       Manager Edwin Rodriguez rolled his eyes.

       "We have a clone of Chad Tracy (a natural redhead) at shortstop," Rodriguez said. "I don't know if he paid for that. But, whatever he paid, they stole his money. He's in New York. He's having fun."

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       Just as he predicted, Rodriguez moved Cameron Maybin into the leadoff spot and dropped Hanley Ramirez back into the three hole. Gaby Sanchez goes to the five spot while Mike Stanton drops a notch to sixth.

       Here's how it looks for tonight's game:

       Marlins: 1. Cameron Maybin, cf; 2. Logan Morrison, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Dan Uggla, 2b; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. Wes Helms, 3b; 8. Brett Hayes, c; 9. Alex Sanabia, p.

       Mets: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Angel Pagan, lf; 3. Carlos Beltran, cf; 4. David Wright, 3b; 5. Ike Davis, 1b; 6. Jeff Francoeur, rf; 7. Josh Thole, c; 8. Ruben Tejada, 2b; 9. Pat Misch, p. 

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