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Already shorthanded, Marlins lose 2 more starters

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The Marlins will be without two key players for a while as they try to salvage their season.

Second baseman Omar Infante was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday after fracturing the middle finger on his right hand Thursday night. On Friday, center fielder Mike Cameron left the game with a sprained left hand.

Cameron hurt the hand while diving in the second inning, trying to snag a Skip Schumaker single. He stayed in the game but then exited in the sixth inning.

The more serious injury is Infante, who had been on a tear both offensively and defensively. He was replaced on the roster by Joe Thurston, who was called up from Class AAA New Orleans.

Infante, the only Marlins player to appear in every game this season, had three hits in Thursday's game before he left.

"He was getting three hits a game, and he gets hurt," left fielder Logan Morrison said. "That guy's tough, though. He got a base hit with a broken finger. That's pretty impressive."

Two days earlier, shortstop Hanley Ramirez sprained his left shoulder diving for a ball. He hopes to return Saturday.

Emilio Bonifacio started Friday's game at short, and Greg Dobbs played third base.

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