JUPITER -- Matt Dominguez has a stomach virus and was sent home this morning to recuperate. Donnie Murphy is getting the start at third for this afternoon's game against Carl Pavano and the Twins.
Dominguez, of course, is mired in a 1 for 23 slump that has lowered his average to .175 and endangered his chances of making the Opening Day roster. The Marlins have a couple of backup plans if Dominguez starts the season in the minors. They could use a patchwork of Murphy, Wes Helms and Emilio Bonifacio at third. They could slide Omar Infante over to third, though that is not the preferred option. They could seek out a trade.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he would like to have the situation at third resolved by Sunday, though.
"We're not going to force the situation," Rodriguez said of Dominguez. "If he's not ready, he's not ready and we move on."
Bonifacio is starting in center today and Greg Dobbs as the Marlins continue to await the return of Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton. Stanton will be playing in the field today in a minor league game for the first time. Coghlan will also be playing in a minor league game.
Rodriguez said both Coghlan and Stanton would be ready for Grapefruit League action on Thursday, and also added that he fully expects both to be in the Opening Day lineup when the Marlins kick off the season on April 1 against the Mets.
Here's Rodriguez discussing Dominguez at the morning session with reporters:
Today's Lineup: 1. Bonifacio, cf; Omar Infante, 2b, Ramirez, ss; Sanchez, 1b; Morrison, lf; Buck, c; Dobbs, rf; Murphy, 3b; Johnson, p.