HOUSTON -- It was a scene straight out of a war movie. Despite being injured himself, Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison went to the aid of his wounded comrade -- Hanley Ramirez -- and helped him off the field in last night's game.
As pretty much all of the attention in the post-win aftermath was being focused on Ramirez and his injury, which turned out to be a bruised left leg, Morrison was limping around the Marlins clubhouse with large ice packs encasing his left knee and right ankle, a wide, bloody swath of flesh missing from his left forearm, and a sore hip.
Three batters before Ramirez was taken out at second by Bill Hall's hard slide, Morrison slammed into the unforgiving wall in left at Minute Maid Park while going up for Brett Wallace's double.
"Apparently there is a wall in left field, and it doesn't move," Morrison said with dry humor. "That really got my hip and my arm."
Morrison isn't sure how or when he hurt his knee and said he rolled his ankle while cutting off Michael Bourn's single to left-center in the eighth. But he was hobbling noticeably and the fresh wound on his arm continued to bleed.
Even though he had crashed into the wall minutes before, Morrison and team trainer Sean Cunningham took Ramirez by either side and helped him off the field and into the dugout. Though the injury appeared to be severe at the time, the Marlins later announced Ramirez had a bruised leg and would be day to day.
"When they first came out there, he was rolling around and screaming in pain," Morrison said of Ramirez. "I was probably the biggest one out there at the time, so gave him something to hold on to. He's heavy. Hopefully he's all right because we need him."
The hunch here -- and it's purely a hunch -- is that Ramirez will not play the rest of the Houston series, use Monday's day off to heal some more, and return to the lineup on Tuesday when the Marlins open a three-game series in Atlanta.
If Mike Stanton returns to the lineup tonight, manager Edwin Rodriguez can go with Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio at short and third, either way.
-- Nice night for backup catcher Brett Hayes, who made the most of his first start behind the plate. Hayes had a pair of doubles and threw out Jason Bourgeois at second to end the game.
-- Ricky Nolasco and Hunter Pence waged quite a pitcher/hitter war Friday. Pence fouled off three, two-strike pitches in the fourth inning before grounding to second. But it was their eighth inning battle that stood out. With the potential tying run at third and one out, Nolasco and Pence engaged in a 10-pitch at bat in which the Astros' outfielder fouled off four, two-strike pitches before striking out on a slider down and away.
"He was fouling everything off," Nolasco said. "In that situation, I'm not going to give into him. It's one of those things where it's just who's going to win. He was fouling off some really good pitches there. I knew the only way I was going to be able to strike him out would be on a slider, and I would just get him to chase something. I was able to get him to chase something out, and it was a sigh of relief. When you got a guy on third with the game on the line and less than two outs, being able to strike that guy out was huge for me. I had to dig deep and make a big pitch."