Mike Stanton isn't in tonight's lineup, presumably because of a hamstring injury that caused him to leave last night's game after running the bases in the fifth inning. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said after the game that Stanton was feeling tightness in his left hamstring before Friday's season opener.
Stanton, who doubled and walked in three plate appearances last night, missed most of spring training with a strained right quadriceps. The injury doesn't sound serious, but the Marlins are clearly taking no chances with the slugger. Emilio Bonifacio will start in right tonight and bat eighth.
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Logan Morrison, lf; 6. John Buck, c; 7. Donnie Murphy, 3b; 8. Emilio Bonifacio, rf; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.
Mets: Reyes, ss; Pagan, cf; Wright, 3b; Beltran, rf; Davis, 1b; Duda, lf; Emaus, 2b; Thole, c; Niese, p.
DAZED AND CONFUSED
Following Friday's loss, one in which he gave up a grand slam to John Buck and was knocked out in the fifth, Mets starter Mike Pelfrey tipped his cap to Josh Johnson, saying "If I could end up being like him, it would be great. But he's probably a lot further along in his career."
Pelfrey was making his 114th career start compared to the 105th for Johnson.
OPENING DAY TITAN
Buck was asked if he remembers having a better home opener. Yes, he said. Last season. In Toronto. Against the White Sox.
He went 2 for 5 with a home run in that curtain raiser. I wouldn't call that better than a 2 for 4 with a four-run dinger and double off the wall. But not bad.