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Hanley Ramirez on the improve; Chris Coghlan has private chat with manager

    PHOENIX -- It's triple-digit hot here today and they've closed the roof at Chase Field, which could keep the ball from flying out. Last night, with the roof open, the Diamondbacks hit five homers while the Marlins (Gaby Sanchez) belted one.

    Some encouraging news for the Marlins on the injury front, as Hanley Ramirez says his back is improving and he might be able to play on Wednesday. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Ramirez told him he was feeling better after performing some stretching exercises with trainer Sean Cunningham within the past couple of hours.

    "He said he's feeling much better today, so tomorrow is a possiblity," Rodriguez said.

    But Rodriguez said that, with an off day scheduled for Thursday, he would prefer just to wait until Friday before putting Ramirez back in the lineup.

    "If he comes in tomorrow and he's running and jumping and doing everything full speed, I would say (he can play Wednesday)," Rodriguez said. "But if he's not close to 90 percent, I would say no. I'd rather wait until Friday. At least he's heading the right way."

    COGHLAN BACK IN TOP SPOT -- One day after dropping Chris Coghlan to the eighth spot in the order, Rodriguez had him back on top in the leadoff position. Furthermore, Rodriguez met privately behind closed doors this afternoon with Coghlan -- along with hitting coach John Mallee -- and told him he can expect to bat in his customary leadoff spot. But he also told him he needs to start producing.

     "In the long run, if we want to win, he should be our leadoff guy, so he needs to find a way to get out of that slump," Rodriguez said. "He's struggling against left-handed pitchers. If we want to win, Coghlan has to be able to hit left-handers. He needs to step up."

     Coghlan is hitting just .119 against lefties. With southpaw Joe Saunders on the mound for the Diamondbacks on Monday, Rodriguez had Emilio Bonifacio bat first, and he responded by reaching base four times with a pair of singles and two walks. Tonight, with the D-Backs sending out right-hander Ian Kennedy, Coghlan is back in the leadoff position and Bonifacio is in the No. 8 hole.

      JOSH JOHNSON UPDATE: No major developments concerning Josh Johnson (shoulder inflammation), who continues to throw on flat ground but has yet to step on a mound to throw a bullpen session, a prerequisite before he heads back to the mound in a game. Rodriguez said it' could be Thursday or Friday before Johnson throws in the pen, and that there is a growing chance he'll need a rehab outing somewhere before he rejoins the rotation.

      TONIGHT'S BULLPEN -- Rodriguez said he'll have five relievers available for tonight's game: Brian Sanches, Edward Mujica, Randy Choate, Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez....Outfielder Scott Cousins, who fouled a pitch off his right foot and was limping on Monday, is available to pinch-hit tonight.


      Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Emilio Bonifacio, ss 9. Anibal Sanchez, rhp.

      D-Backs: 1. Ryan Roberts, 3b; 2. Kelly Johnson, 2b; 3. Justin Upton, rf; 4. Stephen Drew, ss; 5. Chris Young, cf; 6. Miguel Montero, c; 7. Juan Miranda, 1b; 8. Gerardo Parra, lf; 9. Ian Kennedy, rhp.

      UMPIRES: HP -- Gerry Davis; 1B -- Greg Gibson; 2B -- Todd Tichenor; 3B -- Sam Holbrook