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Infante, but not Hanley, expected to join team in San Diego

   DENVER -- Looks like second baseman Omar Infante will be activated from the disabled list and back in the lineup when the Marlins are in San Diego at the end of the week. But the prognosis for Hanley Ramirez is not as promising.

   Manager Jack McKeon said Infante is "ready to play" but that Ramirez is still experiencing discomfort in his injured left shoulder and probably won't be ready to come off the DL on Thursday when he's eligible.

   "I don't think Hanley will join us in San Diego," McKeon said. "The last report I had he was still having a little pain in his left shoulder."

   Infante is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday.

   -- Reliever Edward Mujica said he hopes to be ready when the Marlins open the San Diego series on Thursday against his former team. Mujica left Monday's game with a strained right lat muscle.


     Marlins first-round pick Jose Fernandez will be among a group of drafted pitchers heading to the Gulf Coast League Marlins to begin their pro careers. Fernandez, who signed on Monday after agreeing to a $2 million signing bonus, will be joined in Jupiter by second-round pick Adam Conley ($650,000 signing bonus) and sixth-rounder Charlie Lowell.

     "Hopefully we'll get him some innings in the Gulf Coast," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development. "We won't plan beyond that. If he's been throwing enough and he's fit enough, then we can get some innings in the  Gulf Coast before the end of the year."

     The Marlins signed all but two of their top 10 picks: third-rounder Conner Barron, a shortstop who decided to attend Southern Miss, and fourth-rounder Joshua Palmer, a second baseman who lacerated his right arm in an accident over the summer.

     "Obviously it's a big disappointment," Fleming said of Barron not signing. "You want your third rounder. But the one good thing about the third round is if you don't sign him, you get a pick next year. And we knew when we drafted him that it wasn't a slam dunk. He just decided in the end he was better off going to school."



     Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, ss; 2. Bryan Petersen, lf; 3. Mike Stanton, rf; 4. Greg Dobbs, lf; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Mike Cameron, cf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Jose Lopez, 2b; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.

     Rockies: 1. Dexter Fowler, cf; 2. Mark Ellis, 2b; 3. Carlos Gonzalez, rf; 4. Troy Tulowitzki, ss; 5. Todd Helton, 1b; 6. Seth Smith, lf; 7. Chris Nelson, lf; 8. Chris Iannetta, c; 9. Jhoulys Chacin, p.