Infante expected to start on Wednesday

Infante expected to start on Wednesday

MIAMI -- The initial hope was Omar Infante would be back in the Marlins' starting lineup on Tuesday.

Now, Wednesday is the likely date.

Infante traveled to Venezuela on Sunday after learning that his grandfather passed away. He has missed three straight games.

Playing on Tuesday was a possibility, but Infante's flight into Miami was delayed due to inclement weather.

"The Sunshine State," scoffed Miami manager Ozzie Guillen. "I've never seen the sun since I've been living here. He couldn't land in Miami."

Infante is having an All-Star-caliber season, batting .326 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 20 RBIs.

Donnie Murphy made his third straight start at second base on Tuesday.

Infante is expected to join the team sometime on Tuesday night. But Guillen is leaning against having to use his regular second baseman.

"No matter what, I wasn't going to play him anyway," Guillen said. "The last couple of days have been tough. He was back in Venezuela. He was taking a long flight. He wasn't part of my plans. Be ready to play tomorrow."