PITTSBURGH -- Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirezs moment of rage nearly two weeks ago in St. Louis caught up to him Friday, forcing him out of the teams starting lineup, possibly for multiple games.
Ramirez left PNC Park early Friday afternoon and visited a doctor in Pittsburgh to treat an infection that developed around the area on his right hand where he cut himself after punching a cooling fan in the dugout during a game on July 8 in St. Louis.
Ramirez received two stitches above his right ring finger when the injury occurred in the sixth inning of that game.
He missed the remainder of that game but returned immediately after the All-Star break.
[Ramirezs hand] looked pretty ugly, and it was pretty sensitive, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
I was a little worried about it. Hopefully, it will come out soon. You cant play around with that stuff. We have to prevent it from becoming a big deal. Thats the kind of thing you have to be careful. You have to take the time to cure it, and hopefully its right away.
Guillen, however, was miffed by the apparent reason for the infection. Guillen said he heard it formed because of Ramirez not properly taking his prescribed antibiotics.
How do you forget to take a pill the doctor tells you to take? Guillen asked. Hopefully, the doctor finds exactly the right pills, and I will tell him, open your mouth, like a baby, and put them in his mouth and make sure he takes his pills every night.
Greg Dobbs started for Ramirez at third base and hit sixth Friday night.
The Marlins said Ramirez returned to the park approximately an hour before the start of the game, and pinch ran in the ninth inning.
Emilio Bonifacio and Jose Reyes said that Ramirez was showing no ill effects from the injury during the two series following the All-Star break against the Nationals and Cubs.
[Bonifacio] and some of the other guys saw it, and said it was bad, Reyes said. Hanley was good the past few days. He was playing with it fine.
Ramirez, who has been the subject of trade rumors the past couple of days, has gone 6 for 26 since the All-Star break with two home runs, three RBI and 11 strikeouts.
Three of the Marlins 2012 draft picks, including local product Dane Stone, pitched a combined perfect game Thursday for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League team.
Stone, an ex-standout at Miami Southridge High and St. Thomas University, combined with starter Justin Jackson and reliever Patrick Merkling to face the minimum against the Astros in a 6-0 victory.
Stone, a 25th-round pick in June, pitched the final two innings, striking out three, including two in the ninth inning.
Stone has appeared in eight games during the GCL season and has 20 strikeouts and three walks while allowing two earned runs in 15 innings for a1.20 ERA.
Jackson, a 27th-round pick out of Sam Houston State University, went six innings and struck out six.
Merkling, an 18th-round draft choice out of Chattanooga State Community College, pitched a scoreless seventh before Stone entered.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Carlos Zambrano (5-7, 4.22 ERA) at Pittsburgh Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (10-3, 3.78), 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.95) at Pirates RHP Jeff Karstens (2-2, 4.15), 1:35 p.m., PNC Park.
• Scouting report: Zambrano is 8-1 in his career at PNC Park his best winning percentage at a road ballpark and is coming off his first victory in seven starts. Burnett, who is 0-1 lifetime against the Marlins, had his nine-game winning streak snapped in his last start against the Brewers.