PHILADELPHIA -- Hanley Ramirez didn't feel right after stretching to reach first base on his infield single in the third inning Tuesday night. And he didn't feel right after he went back on the field to play defense moments later.
So when the time was right, he decided to get out of the game. “I think I hit [the base] too hard,” Ramirez said. “I kept feeling it when I came out to play defense. I just told myself I don’t want to get it aggravated. I want to take care of it right now. So, I left the game.”
Now, we'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to see if and when Ramirez will be back. “I’m going to go day-by-day, see how it feels,” Ramirez said. “If I’m 85, 90, 95 percent, I’ll let them know and they’ll make the decision whether I play or not.”
Asked whether he might be able to pinch hit Wednesday, Ramirez said: "I can do whatever they want me to do. That's what I'm here for. I'm just going to let them know how I feel. They can make the decision so it's not on me."
> The Marlins whiffed 13 times Tuesday night -- 11 times against starter Joe Blanton, who had a 7.11 ERA coming in. It shouldn't be much of a surprise. The Marlins lead all of baseball in whiffs with 402.
"He was just locating all his pitches, locating his fastball, getting his slider working," said Marlins outfielder Cody Ross, who had three of the Marlins six hits. "He was just really good tonight. He didn't make too many mistakes. We just never got anything going until the ninth."
> After the game, the Marlins optioned reliver Chris Leroux back to Double A Jacksonville. Laroux pitched the final two innings after Andrew Miller, giving up three hits and one earned run on 25 pitches.