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Walking wounded report

And it just keeps getting better and better.

First up is Matt Lindstrom .

Marlins reliever Matt Lindstrom was lifted in the eighth inning on Wednesday night with tightness in his lower back.


Lindstrom said he will meet with the team doctors before Thursday's game to decide what, if any tests, will be performed.


"This one is different because it is not on my muscle, and it was spasming," said Lindstrom, who didn't go on the disabled list in '07. "This is different because something is slipping in my spine, because I don't feel it in my muscle area. Yesterday it was bad."

Even though Lindstrom didn't pitch on Tuesday, he felt discomfort going through his regular routine. Just walking up on the mound, he felt his back slipping. He felt it pinch, and he tried to pitch through, but was unable.

"My back started aching about a week ago, and I've been getting treatment trying to stay on top of it," he said. "This time, it felt a little different."

Oh, that is just marvelous.  If Lindstrom ends up on the DL, look for Joe Nelson to take his place.

Second up: Josh Willingham.

Looking at the big picture, the Marlins are more interested in the long haul than the short run.

That's why there is no rush to get left fielder Josh Willingham into action. A late scratch on Tuesday night because of back stiffness, he also was held out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dolphin Stadium.

The most realistic return day?

Willingham said Friday probably would be the day, even though manager Fredi Gonzalez hasn't ruled out Thursday's 12:10 p.m. ET start.

I doubt he will play today and if he does it will be as a pinch hitter.

Finally, Mike Jacobs.

First baseman Mike Jacobs had a cortisone shot on his right middle finger on Wednesday. The first baseman, who pinch-hit and struck out for the final out on Tuesday, remains day-to-day.

Another player I don't expect to see the starting lineup, maybe tomorrow.  But really who knows.

And that concludes today's walking wounded report.