After moving into second place on the all-time home run list, Barry Bonds is getting some time off.
Bonds was scratched from Tuesday’s game after arriving at the ballpark and telling manager Felipe Alou he had some tightness in his back. Bonds hit his 715th homer Sunday in San Francisco and went 1-for-4 in Monday’s series opener.
“I could see him suffering,” Alou said of Bonds on Monday.
Alou was already planning to give Bonds Wednesday off, and if he does sit out, the seven-time NL MVP will have three days of rest before the Giants begin a weekend series against the New York Mets on Friday at Shea Stadium.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” said Alou, who added that the injury was most likely related to the team’s cross country flight to Florida.
Before sitting Tuesday night, Bonds had started 17 of San Francisco’s previous 19 games and 40 of 51 to begin the season.
The Giants lost their third straight on Tuesday, 5-3. San Francisco has scored just seven runs during the skid, and Alou said he might adjust the lineup Wednesday to give some of his players a rest.
Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs Tuesday for the Marlins, who have won six of eight. Cabrera raised his NL-leading batting average to .346 and is 12-for-23 with three homers and 11 RBIs during a season high-tying seven-game hitting streak.
Cabrera, who also hit his NL-leading 21st double Tuesday, has three four-RBI games this season.
“He’s a hitting machine,” manager Joe Girardi said. “His approach is great. As often as he hits, I’m never surprised because of his approach and because of how disciplined a hitter he is.”
Rookie starter Josh Johnson (4-2, 2.18 ERA) will look to lead Florida to the series sweep. He allowed just one unearned run and two hits in a career-high seven innings of Friday’s 5-1 win over Pedro Martinez and the Mets.
Johnson, who struck out a career-best eight batters, improved to 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA in five starts since moving into Florida’s rotation.
San Francisco will counter with Jason Schmidt (4-2. 2.78), who won his fourth straight decision on Friday by allowing four hits in seven innings of a 7-0 victory over Colorado. The right-hander is undefeated in his last seven starts since his last loss on April 15 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Schmidt, who is 3-0 with a 1.12 ERA in five May starts, is 6-0 with a 4.97 ERA in 15 appearances against Florida.