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Uggla hopeful for Sunday

With a day of rest, Dan Uggla is hopeful to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday in the Marlins series finale with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Uggla was scratched just before Saturday’s game due to tightness in his left hamstring. The All-Star second baseman extended himself making a stretch at second base in the fourth inning on Friday.

On the play, Alfonso Soriano hit a hard grounder into the hole at short. Alfredo Amezaga made a nice diving stop and threw to Uggla at second. Looking like a first baseman doing a stretch, Uggla pulled the ball in to get the force out on Mike Fontenot.

“On that play yesterday, I stretched it really as far as it could go,” Uggla said. “Yeah, I’d like to think tomorrow [I’ll be ready]. We’ll wait and see.”

In pregame warmups on Saturday, Uggla did some starting and stopping running. Hitting, he is fine, but moving around was a problem.

“It was really tight today, and I didn’t want to push it, and do anything bad to it,” Uggla said. “I felt it stretch, but it didn’t really bother me at all [Friday]. I felt it a little bit in the ninth. It was tight, but nothing big. I woke up this morning and I guess it had been stretched as far as it can be stretched.”

Even though he didn’t play Saturday, manager Fredi Gonzalez considered using Uggla as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. But the situation didn’t arise. Had Uggla batted and reached base, he would have been lifted for a pinch-runner.

— Joe Frisaro

Penn should be fine

It’s like Hayden Penn’s sore right ankle should be fine.

Penn sprained the ankle on Friday afternoon, slipping on the turf in front of the mound in the sixth inning of the Marlins, 8-6, loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The right-hander turned suddenly on Mike Fontenot’s single to right field. Wanting to redirect to back up third base, Penn’s cleats went out from under him, and he rolled his ankle.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Saturday morning that Penn should be fine.

Penn has been filling in a long relief role.

— Joe Frisaro

Uggla resting hamstring

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla was scratched from the starting lineup on Saturday morning due to a tight left hamstring.

The soreness isn’t considered serious, and he’s day-to-day. Uggla tried to do some drills on Saturday morning.

On Friday, Uggla was involved making a long stretch at second base to end the inning. The field was a bit muddy, and Uggla made a nice play, getting the put out at second to end the fourth inning.

The play was a pivotal one for the Marlins in their 8-6 loss.

Alfonso Soriano hit a hard grounder into the hole at shortstop. Alfredo Amezaga made a terrific back-handed, diving stop. Amezaga threw to Uggla covering second to retire Mike Fontenot for the third out.

Emilio Bonifacio started at second base on Saturday, and Wes Helms got the nod at third.

Uggla is batting .220 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

While Uggla was out of the lineup, the Marlins on Saturday welcomed Hanley Ramirez back at shortstop.

Ramirez’s return was expected, especially after he entered Friday’s game in the seventh inning. Ramirez last was in the starting lineup on Monday at New York. But in the first inning of that game, he was struck on the right hand by a John Maine fastball.

— Joe Frisaro

Penn sprains right ankle

Hayden Penn slipped coming off the mound in the sixth inning on Friday night, and after a few warmup tosses exited with a right ankle sprain.

The Marlins reliever was shaken up on Mike Fontenot’s single to right field. Coming off the mound and onto the grass, Penn fell to the ground while changing directions. He was examined by trainer Sean Cunningham and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Penn did take a few warmup tosses, but he pointed to his ankle and he was replaced by Burke Badenhop.

Penn worked one-third of an inning, issuing a walk, single and collecting a strikeout.

— Joe Frisaro