5/30 Lineup & quick hits
Saturday’s lineup vs. the Dodgers will be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, CF Johnson, C Soto, 2B Scales, 3B Fontenot and P Dempster.
* Expect Mike Fontenot to handle most of the playing time at third base until Aramis Ramirez returns. On Friday, Bobby Scales started at third, but Lou Piniella said Saturday that he’ll lean toward using Fontenot primarily at third. Ramirez is not expected back until the first week in July. Andres Blanco can start at second against right-handers and backup Ryan Theriot at shortstop as well.
* Rich Harden, on the DL with a mid back sprain, will throw long toss on Sunday and try to air it out a little, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. Harden has played catch two days in a row, and had no problems. If he passes Sunday’s test, he could do a bullpen session. There’s no timetable, but Piniella said there was a chance Harden could be activated during the next road trip, most likely late in the upcoming three-city junket to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Houston.
* Carlos Zambrano, who is serving a six-game suspension, did throw in the bullpen on Saturday to stay on track for his next start which will be Thursday in Atlanta.
– Carrie Muskat