Infante rests a sore left groin

MIAMI — A sore left groin is keeping Omar Infante out of the starting lineup on Saturday night, but the Marlins are hopeful the veteran second baseman is ready on Sunday.

Infante felt some discomfort during his final two swings in Friday’s 5-4 win in 11 innings against the Astros at Marlins Park.

Infante is available to pinch-hit on Saturday. Donnie Murphy got the start at second base.

“He’s available, but we don’t want to take any chances,” said Marlins bench coach Joey Cora, filling in as Ozzie Guillen serves his five-game suspension. “If we need him today, he will be there. And hopefully tomorrow he will start.”

The day of rest is more of a precaution.

“It’s not worth it. It’s too early in the season,” Cora said. “He came up at the end of the game, and he was sore. He came out today, saying he’s ok. We decided it ain’t worth it. Probably, if it was September, and we were in the middle of the pennant race, he’d be out there. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Joe Frisaro



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