07/22/09 3:10 AM ET
Geer ready for first look at Marlins
San Diego (37-57) vs. Florida (48-47), 12:35 p.m. PT
By Amy Brittain / MLB.com
SD: RHP Josh Geer (1-5, 6.02 ERA)
Geer struggled for the second time in as many starts on Friday against the Rockies, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with four walks in a loss to Colorado. He's now allowed 11 earned runs in his last 8 2/3 innings. Geer also allowed a home run in the first inning to Clint Barmes, making it 23 long balls he's allowed this season, the most in the National League. The walks were out of character for Geer, who had gone three straight starts without issuing a free pass and had walked just four in his previous six starts.
Nolasco took a no-decision in his last start, allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings while striking out five and walking two Phillies on Friday. The right-hander struggled a bit in the first, allowing a Chase Utley two-run homer, but he settled in to retire nine straight before giving up another two runs in the fourth. Nolasco has struggled on the road this season, going 2-4 with a 6.99 ERA over nine starts. Tidbits
Black said right-hander Chris Young is behind schedule in his anticipated rehabilitation from a strained right shoulder. Young, who went on the 15-day disabled list about a month ago, is still feeling discomfort in his arm and has not thrown a bullpen session since early July. ... Outfielder Brian Giles is progressing well in his recovery from a right knee contusion that put him on the DL on June 23 (retroactive to June 19). Black said Giles might hit in the cage within the next week. ... Catcher Nick Hundley is "still a ways away" from making his return to the field, Black said. Hundley went on the 15-day DL on June 19, retroactive to June 18, and has missed 30 games with a sprained left wrist. Tickets
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Amy Brittain is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.