PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins will be short two players tonight when they try to snap a three-game losing streak.
Austin Kearns has returned home to Kentucky to attend to a family matter. Manager Mike Redmond said Kearns could miss the next few days and will likely be placed on the bereavement list on Sunday.
In addition, second baseman Donovan Solano was scratched from the lineup due to tightness in his left side. With Juan Pierre sitting tonight due to the presence of Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, Chris Valaika will lead off and play second.
Here's the Marlins' lineup:
1. Valaika, 2b; 2. Polanco, 3b; 3. Ruggiano, cf; 4. Diaz lf; 5. Ozuna, rf; 6. Dobbs, 1b; 7. Olivo, c; 8. Hechavarria, ss; 9. Fernandez, p.
On a side note, there are indications first baseman Logan Morrison could be out even longer than expected. Sources said he might not be ready to return until mid- to late-June.