FORT MYERS -- Greg Dobbs was scratched from today's lineup due to continued soreness with his left hamstring and didn't make the trip over to jetBlue Park, where the Marlins are preparing to take on the Red Sox for a 1:35 start. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he spoke this morning with Dobbs, who told him he wasn't 100 percent.
"I'd rather him to miss a couple of more days," Guillen said. "A couple of days is not going to kill him.
Dobbs has not played since the FIU game on March 7.
Logan Morrison also remains out with soreness in his right knee, which was scoped in December. Morrison was expected to do perform some running drills in Jupiter today and is penciled in for tomorrow's game against Atlanta. But Guillen said he would prefer to err on the side of caution and keep Morrison out of the lineup until he's certain the knee is fine. Morrison played in the UM game on March 6, but has yet to see any action in Grapefruit League play.
While X-rays were negative on Giancarlo Stanton's left wrist after being struck by a pitch on Sunday, Guillen said he'll likely keep the slugger out of the lineup for a couple of more days.
"I always worry about people getting hit there," Guillen said. "We're not going to push him to be swinging for no reason."
All three injured players are expected to be ready for Opening Day. But, if they're not.....
"If they're not ready, somebody will be," Guillen said. "If you're not ready, I know nine guys are going to be on the feild. I hope it will be them. That's what we're shooting for. Those are the nine guys we want on the field. But if they're not there, somebodhy will replace them."
Marlins: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, cf; 3. Omar Infante, 2b; 4. Austin Kearns, rf; 5. Aaron Rowand, dh; 6. Chris Coghlan, lf; 7. Terry Tiffee, 1b; 8. Matt Dominguez, 3b; 9. Brett Hayes, c. Pitching: Ricky Nolasco.
Red Sox: 1. Nick Punto, 2b; 2. Kevin Youkilis, 3b; 3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b; 4. David Ortiz, dh; 5. Ryan Sweeney, rf; 6. Cody Ross, lf; 7. Kelly Shoppach, c; 8. Darnell McDonald, cf; 9. Mike Aviles, ss. Pitching: Josh Beckett.