Notes: Pre Game Info from DC

Alex Cora will start at shortstop tonight and bat leadoff, followed in order by Luis Castillo, then Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Fernando Tatis in right field, Daniel Murphy, Fernando Martinez in left, Brian Schneider and Tim Redding.

Prior to today’s game, Jerry Manuel told reporters the team will likely keep Martinez on the roster, even after Ryan Church is activated Sunday.

Manuel also said Gary Sheffield will get the day off on Sunday, as well as tonight in Washington DC.

Much like I suggested this morning, Manuel made it sound like Sheffield will play roughly four times per week, while also playing DH during interleague play, as will Church, while Martinez gets most of the starts in left field.

Update, 5:05 pm:

In a post to Twitter, SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt says the tarp is off the field in DC, but, “the field is a mess.”

To hear more from Manuel, as well as from Omar Minaya, tune in to SNY’s Pre Game Live at 6:30 pm.