Hanley Ramirez is going to have to make a quick recovery, otherwise he'll probably be heading to the disabled list for the first time in his career on Monday.
The Marlins All-Star shortstop, who injured his lower back swinging during his first at-bat in Sunday's loss at the Dodgers, had MRI done after arriving in South Florida Thursday. The results, according to manager Edwin Rodriguez, weren't necessarily good.
"I don't know if it's inflammation, I don't have the details or how we're going to treat it," Rodriguez said. "There's something there, so we have to be careful. There's no timetable [for a return]. He might be ready in two or three days. He might not."
The Marlins probably would have placed Ramirez on the disabled list Friday, but instead opted for setup man Clay Hensley, who left Wednesday's loss at Arizona with shoulder pain. But with the Marlins in need of a starting pitcher Tuesday and a potential call up from the minors, Rodriguez said it's likely they'll now wait until Monday to make a decision on Ramirez.
"When your standing up on a plane for three or four hours that tells you he's not joking around," Rodriguez said of Ramirez's back injury. "He did the same thing coming home that he did from L.A. to Arizona, standing [after takeoff and before landing]."
> As for Hensley, Rodriguez said the injury appears similar to the neck strain he suffered last season when he went on the disabled list June 18 and missed 17 games.
Rodriguez said while he would usually go with left-hander Mike Dunn in the eighth inning with Hensley out, he will mix and match his setup man versus the Brewers because of their primarily right-handed lineup.
> As for Josh Johnson, he still has yet to schedule a bullpen session (his final step before returning to the rotation). But he said Friday he's "getting close."
"The last two days in Arizona felt good," Johnson said. "I threw 10 minutes and went back to 150 feet. Just keep going."