05/26/11 2:59 PM EST
Cousins shaken by Posey's injury
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
"I've seen it. I don't like watching it," the Marlins outfielder said. "It's everywhere."
After a sleepless night, Cousins talked again about his collision with San Francisco's Buster Posey in the 12th inning Wednesday at AT&T Park.
Tagging and scoring on Emilio Bonifacio's sacrifice fly to short right field, Cousins plowed into Posey, causing the Giants catcher to break a bone in his lower left leg.
The play gave the Marlins a hard-fought 7-6 win over the Giants. But the injury to the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year has deeply touched Cousins.
"I called their staff after the game last night and tried to get through," Cousins said Thursday. "But he was still being examined. But I talked to his trainers. I'm going to send over a written message, too."
Clearly shaken, Cousins has replayed the collision in his mind and wonders if he could have done anything differently.
"In my mind, if I changed something, we might not have won the game," he said. "It's a dangerous sport, and that's one of the most unfortunate things in baseball. [Home-plate contact]. A line drive off a pitcher. Outfield collisions. Things that make you cringe when you watch."
Formerly a pitcher, Cousins says he's familiar with all of those situations.
"When you go back in your mind, I've been a part of every single one of those, when I used to pitch, and I play outfield." he said. "... It's awful. But it's part of the game ... you have to play as hard as you can. That's why I'm here, to play as hard as I can."
A subdued Cousins has the backing of his teammates, who insist the play was clean.
"If the Giants have to retaliate because one of their best players was hurt, that's fine," Logan Morrison said. "But it was a clean play.
"[Cousins] is taking it real hard. I understand. That's the type of guy he is. I personally would not take it as hard, because I know I wasn't trying to hurt him. I was trying to make a play for my team, and win. That's how I'd think about it. So he's a better person than me, I guess."
Mike Stanton adds that Cousins charged to the plate and didn't go out of his way to hit the Giants catcher.
"You never want to see an opposing catcher get hurt," Stanton said. "That's scary stuff. I believe it was clean. I looked at it. It's not like he went out of his way. He went straight over the plate."
Marlins against changing home-plate rules
SAN FRANCISCO -- An unfortunate injury is no reason to change the rules, according to several members of the Marlins.
The aftermath of Giants catcher Buster Posey's lower left leg injury has raised the question if more can be done to protect a catcher.
Posey was assisted off the field in the 12th inning Wednesday night after absorbing a hard collision at the plate with Scott Cousins, who scored the winning run on Emilio Bonifacio's sacrifice fly.
"I don't see any changes any time soon, and I agree with that," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "Collisions have been part of the game for many, many years. We don't want to see anybody getting hurt. I don't think changing the rules will make any difference.
"It could be home plate. It could be second base. Now are you going to change how you break up a double play, or how you pitch inside? It's part of the game. We have to deal with it."
One suggestion could be having the baserunner go into a certain lane.
"I haven't given too much thought about that," Rodriguez said. "But there is a lane down the first-base line, and I've seen a lot of collisions at first base, too. It's a fine line. It's been like that for years. I don't see why we should change that.
"Is it dangerous? Of course, it's dangerous. Then what is the rule going to say? The runner has to slide instead of going headfirst. Now the catcher is going to try to hurt the runner. I think we have to step back and give more thought."
Marlins catcher John Buck is not in favor of changing to a high school or college rule, where runners have to slide to avoid headfirst collisions.
"I think that would take away too much of the game," Buck said. "It would take the competitiveness out of that play. I can lay down on the plate or put my shin guard right there. You see it in the College World Series, catchers lay down on the plate.
"We all hate it because one of the best catchers in baseball got hurt on that play. That's why it stinks."
Cousins, very emotionally upset about the incident, played by the college rules when he was at the University of San Francisco.
"If you just pulled up and concede the out, you were getting punished," Cousins said. "It's part of the game. If you go in feet-first and you slide, they punish you. If you hit them, you punish them, and you punish yourself. But you have a chance of the ball coming loose. That's the difference."
Marlins hope Hanley can play Friday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Plunked on the right foot by a pitch in the ninth inning Wednesday night, Hanley Ramirez was out of the starting lineup in the series finale at AT&T Park on Thursday afternoon.
The Marlins are hopeful their three-time All-Star will miss just one start and be ready for the weekend series at Los Angeles vs. the Dodgers.
"We hope it's going to be one day," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "I don't know."
Emilio Bonifacio got the start at shortstop Thursday.
Ramirez was struck on his right foot by a Javier Lopez pitch Wednesday, and he was removed from the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Marlins already have a thin bench because they are carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players.
"We have to be very efficient with how we're going to use the bench," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez joked that he already has reliever Burke Badenhop taking swings. A few weeks ago, Badenhop collected the game-winning RBI single in extra innings in New York.
Without Ramirez, the Marlins are short on options to play shortstop. Greg Dobbs and second baseman Omar Infante are possible in case of an emergency.
Ramirez is having a rough season, batting .211 with four homers and 17 RBIs.
Johnson moves closer to bullpen session
SAN FRANCISCO -- Josh Johnson again threw off flat ground Thursday, and he possibly could throw a bullpen session as early as Saturday.
Johnson has been on the disabled list since May 21, retroactive to May 17, with right shoulder inflammation. He threw for about 10 minutes before Thursday's game.
The team is hopeful he can be reinstated and pitch Wednesday at Arizona.
The Marlins have yet to announce who will start Saturday at Los Angeles vs. the Dodgers. Brian Sanches and Edward Mujica are options from the active roster. Or the team could call someone up from Triple-A.