06/30/12 7:10 PM ET
Ozzie expects Marlins to follow Friday's blueprint
By Joe Frisaro and Tom Green / MLB.com
So when the Marlins manager says his team is better than its 36-40 record, including a 7-18 record in June, indicates, he believes it.
"If I'm not going to tell the fans or [the media] that we're better than this, then we're not, because I don't get paid to promote people, I don't get paid to bring fans," Guillen said. "The only way we're going to bring fans is to be honest and win games. I think this ballclub is capable of doing what we did [Friday] night."
In Friday's series-opening win against National League East division rival Philadelphis, the Marlins were able to handle Phillies ace Cliff Lee. Miami clicked on offense, got an early lead against Lee and held onto it thanks to stellar pitching from Josh Johnson and the bullpen, as well as solid defense.
It was the type of total team effort the Marlins have struggled to consistently get this month, but it's the type of effort Guillen expects from his team every game, regardless of the outcome.
"Our starting rotation is good, we got good enough talent on the field," Guillen said. "Are we going to win every day? No, but I expect them to play good every day. We missed that for 15, 20 days. ... We were not playing well."
Guillen hopes Friday's win, which gave Miami back-to-back victories for the first time since June 2-3, is a sign of things to come for the Marlins as they try to claw their way back into the division race.
"I hope this is not a tease," Guillen said. "We faced one of the best pitchers in the game, we're a good ballclub, we're playing well, but I expect every time I come here those kinds of games. Not to win, but I expect to compete."
Mujica fractures toe, lands on disabled list
MIAMI -- Standing 60 feet, six inches away from home plate isn't always the safest place for a pitcher when the ball is put in play.
"We're close to the hitter," Marlins reliever Edward Mujica said. "Line drives over there, they are scary moments."
On Friday night, Mujica found out first-hand when he was struck by a comeback shot off the bat of Placido Polanco.
Polanco was credited with an infield single, but Mujica was more concerned with his right pinky toe. The reliever sustained a fracture and was placed on the disabled list after Saturday's 3-2 win over the Phillies. The 28-year-old said he is hopeful to be back in two weeks, or shortly after the All-Star break.
"It was a long conversation about what we were going to do, because he could feel better in four days," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But realistically, when you have a broken bone, you never know."
Mujica's fracture comes two days after Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte suffered a broken left ankle after being hit by a comebacker. The New York veteran is expected to be out six weeks.
The earliest Mujica could return is July 15 against the Nationals in Miami.
Mujica's injury occurred in the seventh inning in the Marlins' 6-2 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.
After the game, the right-hander went to the hospital, and an X-ray revealed the fracture. He is wearing a walking boot.
"I got hit, and right away I didn't feel my foot," Mujica said. "I thought something happened. I had two warmup throws, and I felt it."
Mujica remained in the game and got John Mayberry to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
"I got out of it," the reliever said. "I came back to the dugout, and I started feeling it."
With Mujica out, Ryan Webb and Steve Cishek are the candidates to fill the seventh- and eighth-inning right-handed setup roles.
"Today, it feels a little bit better," Mujica said. "Last night, I can't walk. It was hard for me to walk. I got this boot right after the doctor told me I got a fracture. I feel a little bit better today."
Mujica has appeared in 35 games and has a 4.46 ERA, but he's been one of the team's most dependable and durable relievers.
Ruggiano likely to play even when Boni returns
MIAMI -- Justin Ruggiano has made the most of his opportunity with the Marlins.
Since the Marlins acquired the outfielder on May 26 in a Minor League trade with the Astros, Ruggiano has hit .388 with a .474 on-base percentage while playing both left and center field.
"Every time he's on the field, he does a lot of great things," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He does a lot of great things, and that's why I will keep playing him."
After going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs in Friday's win against the Phillies, Ruggiano was back in the lineup in center field Saturday -- his 10th start there since joining the Marlins.
Even when injured center fielder Emilio Bonifacio, who is recovering from left thumb surgery, returns after the All-Star break, Guillen doesn't expect Ruggiano's playing time to fall off too much.
"You find a place [for him]," Guillen said. "I've never seen any manager bench or send people down when they're playing good. ... But Ruggiano, the way he's playing right now, I will find him playing time. Believe me."
Guillen has tried a bunch of options to fill the void left by Bonifacio -- Bryan Petersen, Chris Coghlan, Scott Cousins -- but none has produced quite like Ruggiano. Guillen has used Ruggiano mostly against left-handed pitchers, though the right-handed-hitting outfielder has historically hit righties better.
Before the Marlins acquired Ruggiano, he hit .363 (29-for-80) with three homers, 11 doubles and 21 RBIs against right-handed pitchers at Triple-A Oklahoma City, compared to .243 (9-for-37) with two homers and eight RBIs against southpaws.
"It's something I've had to focus on quite a bit the last couple of years, because [facing left-handers] was my role if I was in the big leagues," Ruggiano said.
With the Marlins, Ruggiano is hitting .433 (13-for-30) against lefties and .316 (6-for-19) against righties. Given how well Ruggiano has been swinging the bat, Guillen said he isn't afraid to give him at-bats, regardless of who is on the mound.
"He gives you good at-bats no matter who is there," Guillen said. "I'm going to take advantage of the guy that swings the bat better."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.