SUN LIFE STADIUM -- Logan Morrison's injured left foot appears to be a little more troublesome than first anticipated and now the Marlins will wait until Thursday morning to get the results of his MRI before reevaluating his situation.
Morrison, who leads the team in homers (4), RBI (11) and ranks second with a .327 batting average, injured himself during his first at-bat Tuesday night against the Pirates and was initially diagnosed with a strained arch. He stayed in the game for two more at-bats before finally getting pulled at the start of the fifth inning.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said after Tuesday's 6-0 win he thought Morrison would be ready to go Wednesday. But Morrison, who left the stadium with a protective boot on his left foot, didn't wake up feeling any better on Wednesday morning and now it's unknown exactly how long he will be out.
"We don't have any news yet. We had the MRI done and nobody is going to be able to read it until tomorrow morning," Morrison told reporters as he stood in front of his locker about an hour before first pitch Wednesday.
"I feel pain when I walk on top of my foot. There's swelling on top of my foot. Other than that, that's all I got."
Morrison was walking around the Marlins clubhouse gingerly and had a set of crutches next to his locker. He said he isn't happy that he has to wait until Thursday to find out what's wrong. But he said a doctor won't be able to see the results until then.
"They don't know if its a hairline fracture or a sprained ligament or a torn ligament or a [strained] arch. But that's what they diagnosed me with," Morrison said. "But I don't think it's that because of the swelling and everything else."
Emilio Bonifacio was slated to start in left field Wednesday night against the Pirates.
With third baseman Donnie Murphy still at "about 80 to 90 percent" with a bruised left knee cap, Rodriguez has inserted the hot-hitting Greg Dobbs (.421 in 19 ABs) to start at third and bat fifth. Rodriguez said it's likely Dobbs and Helms, better offensive options, will play third while Morrison is out.
> With LoMo out, the Marlins could certainly use an offensive lift from a few of their best hitters.
Hanley Ramirez is hitting just .234 and has started the season with the longest home run drought of his career (13 games).
Mike Stanton, slated to hit clean-up, has dropped down to sixth in the lineup (.206) -- although he nearly hit his first home run of the season Tuesday night (he settled for a double).
Omar Infante, batting second in the lineup, is hitting just .206 (13 for 63) with four RBI and five strikeouts. Infante said he studied film of himself Wednesday from this spring (when he hit .414 in 58 at-bats) and noticed he's opening up his front foot a little too early, leading him to not recognize pitches coming out of the pitchers hand.
"The last time I was in a slump like this was when I was in Detroit, my first year ," Infante said. "But I'm working on it."