Due to a death in his wife's family, pitcher Javier Vazquez has returned to Puerto Rico and was placed on the bereavement list. But manager Edwin Rodriguez said the struggling right-hander will likely rejoin the club on Friday in Washington and make his next scheduled start on Sunday.
"Before the game yesterday he told me there was something going on," Rodriguez said.
Vazquez was knocked out in the fifth inning of Monday's loss to the Phillies, after which he made no mention of any personal issues. But Rodriguez said it was possible that Vazquez might have pitched with a heavy heart.
"Before the game, he sounded concerned with what was happening in Puerto Rico," Rodriguez said.
Not only did Vazquez pitch poorly, but he also failed to back up the throw on a play at the plate. The throw from Emilio Bonifacio ended up sailing over the head of catcher John Buck, and a run ended up scoring.
EDWARD MUJICA UPDATE -- Marlins reliever Edward Mujica, who was carted off the field on Monday with what was diagnosed as a left knee strain, said the injury felt "a little better" on Tuesday and that he thought he could be ready by Friday.
After going 2 1/3 innings last night, it's unlikely Mujica would have been available to pitch tonight. Thursday is an off day, so Wednesday is really the only day the Marlins might have used him.
SCOTT COUSINS EXPLAINS MISSED BAG -- Scott Cousins should have ended up at second on his ninth-inning bloop hit down the line in left and just over the outstretched glove of Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco on Monday. Instead, he failed to touch the bag at first, which is where he ended up.
"I was watching the ball too long and the next thing I know, I passed the base," Cousins said. "I should have put my head down sooner. I think it was natural because it was so close to the line. But, after you hit it, it's out of your control anyway, so you should just run."
Cousins could have hoped that the first base umpire wasn't watching and kept running for second, but decided not to chance it.
"There's no point in taking that chance," Cousins said. "I know it's that umpire's job to watch to see if I hit the bag, but I'm not about to take a chance. I look worse if I miss first and I get to second and he calls me out. I would have liked to be on second and do it fundamentally right. But, you know what? I missed first. I'm human."
LOGAN MORRISON UPDATE -- Morrison went 0 for 3 and struck out once Monday in his first rehab game for Single A Jupiter. Rodriguez said Morrison would probably play all nine innings in left tonight and make either one or two more rehab starts before rejoining the club on Friday.
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Omar Infante, 2b; 9. Josh Johnson, p.
Phillies: 1. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 2. Shane Victorino, cf; 3. Placido Polanco, 3b; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Raul Ibanez, lf; 6. Ben Francisco, rf; 7. Pete Orr, 2b; 8. Dane Sardinha, c; 9. Roy Halladay, p.
UMPS: HP -- Mark Carlson; 1B -- Tim Timmons; 2B -- Jeff Kellogg; 3B -- Eric Cooper.