Infante won't be in starting lineup this weekend

Infante won't be in starting lineup this weekend

WASHINGTON -- Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said that second baseman Omar Infante's mild left groin strain will keep him out of the starting lineup throughout this weekend's series with the Nationals.

Infante didn't start on Wednesday or Thursday versus the Cubs due to the groin problem, and Guillen said the Marlins are going to be very careful with Infante this weekend. They are pointing towards getting him back when the series with the Mets begins in New York on Tuesday.

"He might be available, just in case we need him to play, [if] we need a pinch-hitter or something," Guillen said before Friday's game. "Don't want him to miss more time. We've got a Monday off; hopefully in New York [on Tuesday], he's back in the lineup."

Donnie Murphy will be in the starting lineup while Infante's out. Murphy batted eighth in the series opener on Friday, and Guillen said he's been pleased with how Murphy has played.

Murphy had a big game on Wednesday against the Cubs, going 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBIs.

"He's done everything we've asked him to do," Guillen said. "I never ask our backup players to go out there and have a great day. I'm not the type of manager that expects my backup guys to go out there and get five hits."