With manager Ozzie Guillen on the mound, both Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton took early batting practice this afternoon. Afterward, Guillen said he would likely re-insert Ramirez (hand infection) back into the lineup on Tuesday.
"Hanley's the best I've seen him swing in a little while," Guillen said. "The ball was coming off his bat very well. I was happy with what I saw. So far, things are going the way we thought and I expect him to play tomorrow."
Guillen said it's even possible that Ramirez could be used as a pinch-hitter in tonight's game.
As for Stanton, it remains unclear when he'll be able to return to games. Monday was the first time he took batting practice outdoors, though, and he thought the session went "as expected."
"Hitting was never the problem," Stanton said of his knee. "Running was."
Stanton said he is continuing to build strength on the treadmill. Once he reaches 100 percent of his body weight (he is at 70 percent at the moment), he'll be allowed to begin routine jogging.
Like most everyone else, Stanton said it's been difficult watching the Marlins of late.
"It's tough, especially with nothing going right," Stanton said. "It's not fun to sit on my couch and watch them for nine innings."
As expected, Juan Carlos Oviedo was taken off the restricted list on Monday and placed on the 15-day disabled list. Oviedo is out indefinitly with a UCL sprain in his right elbow and is not expected to pitch this season.
1. Reyes, ss; 2. Solano, 3b; 3. Lee, 1b; 4. Ruggiano, rf; 5. Morrison, lf; 6. Bonifacio, cf; 7. Infante, 2b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Johnson, p.