CLEVELAND -- Omar Infante received word this morning of his grandfather's death and is returning to Venezuela to attend the funeral. Manager Ozzie Guillen said it's uncertain how many games Infante would miss as a result.
"I expect him to be back in three days I guess," Guillen said. "Venezuelan funerals are a little bit different than here. In Venezuela, you die, you're out, see ya. Here it's like 10 days to bury you. It's a tough situation (for Infante)."
Along with Gaby Sanchez being optioned to Triple A and Emilio Bonifacio going on the 15-day disabled list, the lineup has undergone quite an overhaul.
Here's the revised lineup for today's game against the Indians:
Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Petersen, cf; 3. Ramirez, dh; 4. Dobbs, 3b; 5. Stanton, rf; 6. Morrison, 1b; 7. Hayes, c; 8. Coghlan, lf; 9. Murphy, 2b. Pitching: Josh Johnson.
With all of the moves, Guillen touched on several topics with reporters:
1) With Sanchez in the minors, who will play first?
Look for Logan Morrison to receive most -- but not all -- of the starts at first.
"It's a funny thing about people think about how easy it is to play first base," Guillen said. "Every play happens on the field, the first baseman has to move. A lot of people say if you play LoMo at first base, his knee is going to be better. No it's not. Every pitch you're moving. Lateral. In and out. Back and forth. You get involved in the game more. LoMo and (Greg) Dobbs, those are the two guys we'll use. I think maybe I'll play LoMo most of the time. I guarantee you LoMo's going to be sore. There's no question."
2) With Bonifacio on the DL and Morrison at 1B, who will play the outfield?
Today, Guillen has Bryan Petersen starting in center and Chris Coghlan in left. Giancarlo Stanton is in right. The Marlins also have Austin Kearns on the bench, as well as Dobbs.
"I might move those two guys (Petersen and Coghlan) around, depending on who's going to be the left fielder," Guillen said. "And how they swing the bat. When we go back to the National League, I need Dobbs to come off the bench. Kearns (will play) against lefties."
3) How long does he expect Gaby Sanchez to remain in the minors?
Guillen said he hopes Sanchez spends no more than the mandatory 10 days at New Orleans.
"I think he was trying too hard. He was rushing. he was trying to come out of the slump in one at bat. I talked to him last night. I said we need you here. This ballclub is better with you in the lineup everyday. I will be waiting for him."