ST. PETERSBURG -- A rough June turned painful Friday for Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez was in the batting cage working on his swing when a batted ball struck him in the nose, leaving him dazed.
As a result, Ramirez was scratched from the lineup and replaced at third base by Donovan Solano.
I thought it was one of his teammates [who punched him in the face], joked manager Ozzie Guillen. But, no, [I think he] fouled it off, and it hit him back in the nose. I took him out of the lineup because hes kind of dizzy right now. He should be ready [Saturday].
The pregame mishap scuttled Guillens lineup plans to bat Ramirez in the No. 2 hole, one spot ahead of Giancarlo Stanton. Guillen said the change was intended to ensure Stanton bats in the first inning.
Ramirez, who hasnt hit second since May of last season, is hitting just .186 in June.
The Marlins have been shuttling outfielders back and forth from New Orleans pretty much all season, unable to find one to stick. Theyre hoping Scott Cousins ends that trend and finds a permanent spot on the roster.
Cousins was called up Friday from Triple A New Orleans.
Maybe Im the piece that they bring in that gets all cylinders running at the same time, Cousins said.
Cousins is trying to forget 2011. His home-plate collision with Giants catcher Buster Posey in May, though clearly within the rules and not intended with malice, infuriated Giants fans. Cousins struggled at the plate, hitting just .135 in what was almost exclusively a pinch-hitting role before landing on the disabled list with a lower-back strain.
It was something I was dealing with for a long time, Cousins said of his sore back, which he attributed to a herniated disk. I had one doctor recommend I get surgery. But I didnt want to do that. ... Now its a lot stronger. Its holding up a lot better.
Cousins hit .292 at New Orleans with seven homers and 32 RBI. Guillen indicated that he would give Cousins some starts. If so, Cousins would become the 10th different player to start in the outfield this season for Miami.
• Two of the Marlins top pitching prospects, Jose Fernandez and Adam Conley, will likely be promoted after Tuesdays South Atlantic League All-Star Game, from Low A Greensboro (N.C.) to High A Jupiter.
Fernandez, the Marlins first-round draft pick in 2011, is 6-0 with a 1.27 ERA. Conley, their second-round pick last year, is 7-2 with a 2.60 ERA.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 3.40 ERA) at Tampa Bay Rays RHP James Shields (7-4, 4.06), 7:15 p.m., Tropicana Field.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (4-4, 4.27) at Rays RHP Alex Cobb (2-3, 4.70), 1:40 p.m., Tropicana Field.
• Scouting report: Shields took the win when he faced the Marlins and Sanchez in Miami last Sunday. In 11 career starts (12 appearances) against the Marlins, Shields is 6-2 with a 3.84 ERA.