PITTSBURGH -- Donovan Solano succeeded as a pinch hitter again Friday, drawing praise from Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen on Saturday before Miami played the second of a three-game series against the Pirates.
As a pinch hitter this season, Solano is batting .545 (6-for-11), including his seventh-inning single off reliever Chris Resop. Fourteen of Solano's 61 plate appearances have come as a pinch hitter, and in that time he's hit a triple, knocked in two runs and reached on walks twice. Solano's on-base percentage as a pinch hitter is .615.
"He's a good hitter. We [found] out that in Spring Training," Guillen said. "He's not afraid. If you're afraid to fail, if you're afraid to do stuff, then you're not going to do it.
"I think he's a pretty good baseball player. And he's not afraid to do stuff."
Solano has played in left field and at every infield position except first base. His season average is .327, and he's picked up six RBIs and five doubles.
"I think this kid's doing everything he can in his power to never go back to the Minor Leagues," Guillen said. "And he's doing a pretty good job.
Hanley sits out Saturday with hand infection
PITTSBURGH -- Hanley Ramirez was not in Miami's lineup for the second game in a row, relegated to the bench again Saturday, a day after an infected right hand sent him to the hospital for examination.
The Marlins third baseman said his status was day-to-day before Saturday's game against the Pirates. Walking around with his right sleeve pulled over his hand, Ramirez admitted to forgetting about a day's dose of prescribed antibiotics and said he can't yet grip a ball or bat.
"It was pretty bad," Ramirez said. "[There was] pain, and it just kept swelling up."
Miami's manager, Ozzie Guillen, described Ramirez's status as "two-days-by-two-days."
"They've got to go by the doctors, they've got to through the trainers, and see how he feels," the manager said. "It's going to be a miracle if this kid feels good [Sunday]."
Ramirez first injured his hand on July 8, when he hit a cooling fan in frustration at Busch Stadium. Guillen said Ramirez might pinch run Saturday, just as he did in Friday's 4-3 loss, when he appeared in the ninth inning and stole a base.
Guillen said that Ramirez's hand was only slightly better Saturday than it was a day earlier. He also said it'd be "very optimistic" to expect Ramirez back for the start of the Marlins' six-game homestand that begins Monday.
"The infection seems like it's pretty strong," Guillen said. "We've got to go by ear."
Greg Dobbs got his second straight start at third base against the Pirates on Saturday, batting sixth in the lineup. In 64 games this season, Dobbs has hit .300 with two home runs and 22 RBIs.
"I think Dobbs has done pretty well," Guillen said. "I think Hanley's a better third baseman than Dobbs. In the past, Hanley's [been] a superstar. ... But I think Dobbs is doing a pretty good job."
When asked what he said to Ramirez about the third baseman's forgetfulness with his medication, Guillen said, "Nothing."
He continued: "Hanley Ramirez is not a kid. If he was a kid, it'd be something different. I can't control that, because it's not my kid. That's up to Hanley. He's a grown man. He knows how to do that. But, meanwhile, he didn't. And it's too late now. Hopefully, he can do it from now on."
Miami's pinch hitters went 2-for-2 in Friday's 4-3 loss, with Donovan Solano and Austin Kearns each recording a single. On the season, the Marlins' pinch hitters have posted a .291 average, good enough for third best in the National League, trailing only Chicago (.295) and Washington (.294).
During their current three-game losing streak, the Marlins have hit just one hit in 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Miami's RISP average this season is .224 (168-for-750), second worst in baseball. Against the Pirates on Friday, the team went 0-for-8 in such situations.
The Marlins stole four bases Friday and lead the Major Leagues with 92 swiped bags. The next closest team is San Diego, which has 82 stolen bases. Miami's stolen base percentage is 79.3, a touch below the Angels' baseball-leading mark of 80.0 percent.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.