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Leo Nunez (back) out for a few more days

    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.

     LINEUP:

     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.

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Dr Feelgood

Nunez initially hurt his back when he jerked his neck following the BomB that Braun hit off him in his last blown save...

Flav C

WOW...Uncle Wes and Ozzie in the lineup tonight. This is going to be fun!

Father Flanagan

Brother Nunez' back injury is actually my fault..After Friday nites blown save,Brother Nunez was very distraught during the Sunday morning service I hold for him in the Bullpen. I guess all the extra Signs of the Cross, Hail Mary's and Genuflecting I made him do was too much for his back to handle. Plus I made him practice his blessing that he does when he leaves the bullpen on his way to the mound maybe 50 times too many...We will monitor Brother Nunez very close,so he will perform his duties par x-cel-aunce, on the Pulpit of Baseball, in all his Save Opportunities in the future...

Flav C

Amen!

Michael

Hey, have you looked up the stats yet on Lopez. I would say no. That's right keep yourself in the dark. Flav not my fault you don't know.

Samson's Boyfriend

Lopez will be called up Monday or Tues in time to start road series in Philly..will take Ozzie's roster spot for added bench strength...who will backup at 1st base other than can't Hit anymore-lost His bat speed Helms..certainly not LoMo, who hasnt caught a whiff at 1st in over a year..

Dr Feelgood

Lopez drop in production would suggest,Ahem, a drop in his intake of certain 'nutritional supplements'...or was he injured...

Flav C

Michael, not sure if you're Jose Lopez's lover of relative, which doesn't matter. Which part of the statistic is so relevant to you? The fact that he was an All-Star all the way back in 2006? That was 5 years ago. His historical BA or OBP is no better than most of the current Marlins' infielders. For 2 consecutive years his numbers have been declining sharply. I'm not so sure why you're so in love with this guy. I would understand your interest in this guy if another Jose was coming (Reyes) but this Lopez guy does not have anything that catches my attention.

Flav C

Michael, instead of keeping celebrating for the arrival of another infielder, you should be writing about the need for a better pitcher. Vazquez just allowed 6 runs in the 4th inning against the D'backs and his ERA is already over 7. OVER 7 RUNS !!!!!! How can the Fish afford to keep this guy in the roster??? How many more times we will have to hear Edwin say that "Javi is getting better, he is working more his lower body.." Its plain ridiculous.

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