Keeping players healthy a concern
MIAMI — Finding healthy infielders has become a challenge.
Nick Green was scratched from the starting lineup on Monday due to a sprained left thumb. Green jammed his thumb on Sunday against the Dodgers while making a diving attempt at third base.
Greg Dobbs was listed to replace Green at third base. But Dobbs has been bothered by a tight left oblique, which led to him being scratched on Saturday.
If Dobbs isn’t able to hold up, Justin Ruggiano is the emergency third baseman.
Ruggiano was the starting center fielder on Monday in the series opener with the Phillies. He last played third base in 2010, appearing at one game at third base while in the Minor Leagues.
On Tuesday, catcher Rob Brantly is expected to make his first MLB start. The 23-year-old was called up from Triple-A New Orleans, and he is expected to see plenty of playing time as he is evaluated.
Brantly is a left-handed hitter, and manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t want him to make his debut against All-Star lefty Cole Hamels.
On Tuesday, the Phillies are starting right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Brantly will catch Josh Johnson.
Giancarlo Stanton was back in the lineup on Monday after being given off on Sunday. He is expected to start again on Tuesday. The Marlins have a quick turnaround on Wednesday, with a 12:40 p.m. ET start.
The Marlins want to see how he responds a day game after a night game.
Also, on Wednesday, Emilio Bonifacio will begin his rehab assignment for Class A Jupiter, where he is planning on playing center field.
– Joe Frisaro