Hanley Ramirez remained out of the lineup Saturday for the game against the Brewers, and he has been unable to work out with the team due to inflammation in his lower back.
The Marlins have been reluctant to put him on the disabled list, since they believe there is a chance that he may be able to play soon. Ramirez's last game was last Sunday versus the Dodgers.
But keeping him on the roster presents a problem for manager Edwin Rodriguez, who said he could have used a left-handed bat off the bench in the ninth inning Friday, "but I didn't have that."
Rodriguez said they would like to get Ramirez back on the field. "But if he can't help us. If not, get somebody else here. We have to make the call on that," Rodriguez said.
The Marlins are expected to make a decision on Ramirez on Monday, since they will need to bring a pitcher up from the minors to start Tuesday in place of Josh Johnson, who is out with shoulder inflammation.
All-Star vote: Sunday's starter Anibal Sanchez got an All-Star vote from Rodriguez.
Sanchez was 4-0 in May and his ERA has shrunk down to 2.57.
"He has been very aggressive with his secondary pitches, throwing them for strikes. He is keeping a good tempo. He is doing everything right," Rodriguez said. "He has been very consistent and should be an All-Star."
Mr. Everywhere: Given all the injuries the Marlins have had this season, it is easy to understand why Rodriguez's favorite player is Emilio Bonifacio.
"He can play everywhere, and he can play good defense everywhere. He can leadoff, he can switch hit," Rodriguez said, ticking off Bonifacio's attributes.
Bonifacio is currently the regular shortstop, since Hanley Ramirez has not played since last Sunday when he had to leave a game against the Dodgers with lower back pain.
Earlier in the season Bonifacio replaced Logan Morrison in left field when Morrison was on the disabled list.
Bonifacio has played every position but pitcher, catcher and first base this season, and has moved all around the batting order, hitting first, second, seventh and eighth.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun