Add closer Leo Nunez to the list of injured Marlins. Nunez, the major league saves leader with 19, has a stiff back that will prevent him from pitching for at least the next few days.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Nunez was warming up in the bullpen on Wednesday, preparing to enter in the 10th inning, when he "felt something pop" in his back. Mike Dunn ended up pitching the 10th and gave up the game-winning run in the loss to the Braves.
Nunez told reporters on Thursday that he thought he might be ready to pitch on Sunday. But Rodriguez said that's probably "pushing it" and thinks either Monday or Tuesday are more likely days for him to return.
"Today he's feeling much better than he did yesterday," Rodriguez said. "But he needs to play catch first, and he hasn't done that yet. I'm pretty sure by Philadelphia (on Tuesday), or Monday."
Rodrigurez said he would go with a "closer-by-committee" approach and mentioned Steve Cishek and even Randy Choate as candidates to close, especially with Arizona's lefty-laden lineup.
COGHLAN, DOBBS GET BREATHERS -- Rodriguez said that Chris Coghlan "looks tired, mentally and physically tired" and is putting him on the bench for tonight's game. Emilio Bonifacio will start in center and lead off. Third baseman Greg Dobbs is also getting a breather. He was hit in the hand by a pitch on his check swing out in Thursday's game, but is not seriously injured.
HANLEY RAMIREZ PLAYING IN JUPITER -- Injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez is playing in a rehab game tonight for Single A Jupiter. He'll DH for three or four at bats. He'll play the field for Jupiter when they're in Port St. Lucie on Saturday. If everything goes well, he'll take batting practice with the Marlins on Sunday, work out with the team on Monday, and come off the disabled list and play on Tuesday when they open a four-game series in Philadelphia.
Rodriguez was non-committal when asked where Ramirez would bat in the order when he comes off the DL, but did not rule out the leadoff spot as a possibility.
Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Mike Stanton, rf; 6. John Buck, c; 7. Wes Helms, 3b; 8. Ozzie Martinez, ss; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.