MIAMI (AP) -Florida Marlins slugger Miguel Cabrera was held out of the starting lineup Friday because of a sore right oblique, but he and manager Fredi Gonzalez said the injury didn't appear serious.
Cabrera, who skipped batting practice, said Gonzalez talked him out of trying to play.
``I had to put my foot down,'' Gonzalez said.
``It's not my decision, but I expected it,'' Cabrera said.
Oblique injuries can sideline hitters for weeks, but Cabrera said he hopes to play Saturday, and Gonzalez said that was a possibility.
``We never thought it was real serious,'' Gonzalez said. ``It's just something where the earlier you catch it, the better.''
The injury-plagued Marlins placed right-hander Sergio Mitre on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday because of a torn callus on his pitching hand. Mitre had hoped to make his next scheduled start Sunday.
``The finger's getting better,'' said Mitre, who left Tuesday's game at Houston in the first inning. ``They're just trying to be careful.''
Right-handed reliever Scott Tyler was recalled from Double-A Carolina. Gonzalez said he would wait until Saturday to decide who will start Sunday against Washington.
The Marlins were already without two starting pitchers, Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco, both because of elbow injuries. Nolasco threw batting practice for the first time Friday and said he felt good. He'll likely go on a rehabilitation assignment before rejoining the Marlins.
Aaron Boone started in place of Cabrera at third base against Washington. Josh Willingham moved up to Cabrera's cleanup spot.
Cabrera began the weekend hitting .333 with four homers and 13 RBIs. He said he hurt the right side of his torso when he swung at a pitch and missed in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. He left in the eighth inning, started Thursday's game and left after the second inning.
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