Marlins 2B Infante breaks finger

Florida Marlins second baseman Omar Infante broke his right

middle finger diving for a grounder in a 7-4 loss to the St. Louis

Cardinals on Thursday night, and it’s uncertain how long he will be

sidelined.

Infante appeared in pain but stayed in the game after his

unsuccessful attempt to field the grounder by Skip Schumaker. The

ball deflected off Infante and rolled into right field for a

two-run double in the third inning.

Infante left the game in the sixth. He had been on an offensive

tear recently, and three hits Thursday hiked his average to

.279.

”It’s tough,” manager Jack McKeon said. ”But with broken

fingers, you can get back in a short period of time.”

Infante didn’t talk to reporters after the game.

The Marlins were already without shortstop Hanley Ramirez,

sidelined by a sprained left shoulder.