July 2010

Maybin gets second opinion

After being examined by Marlins physicians in South Florida recently, Cameron Maybin was recommended to get a second opinion.

The 23-year-old center fielder paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., who examined his shoulder. The encouraging news is Maybin doesn’t have any significant damage to his left shoulder.

Maybin has been diagnosed with left bursitis in his left biceps/shoulder area. The inflammation is being treated, and he should be doing baseball activities in about a week.

Optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 17, Maybin has not played for the Zephyrs since July 1. In eight games at New Orleans, he is batting .357 (10-for-28) with five walks and four strikeouts.

Maybin opened the season as the Marlins starting center fielder. He appeared in 51 games and was batting .225 with five homers and 19 RBIs before being optioned.

Maybin’s playing time was reduced after Mike Stanton was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville on June 8.

Hampered by a left shoulder problem since last year, Maybin had surgery on the shoulder following the 2009 season.

In other Triple-A news, infielder Brian Barden, who was designated for assignment on July 3, is expected to join the Zephyrs on Thursday.

– Joe Frisaro
 

Marlins open to making moves

Frustrated. Disappointed. And open to change.

The Marlins are all three right now. After a disappointing first half, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said on Sunday that the club will explore ways to improve, not just for 2010, but into the future.

“Change is always possible,” Beinfest said before the Marlins faced the D-backs on Sunday afternoon. “I think we need to be more open to everything at this point, because we haven’t had that run.”

Coming out of the All-Star Break, the Marlins will be facing the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg next Friday at Sun Life Stadium.

“We’d like to see that run come, maybe it will come right when we come back Friday against Strasburg and the Nationals,” Beinfest said. “I think we need to be open to everything.”

So will the Marlins be “buyers or sellers.” The team usually doesn’t define itself as one or the other. Beinfest did not that conversations already are on-going, internally and with other teams.

The Marlins are looking for more consistency, but they are well behind the Braves in the NL East. The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching, and the team wants to get some momentum building.

Beinfest added that if moves are made, it won’t be money related, meaning there is no mandate from owner Jeffrey Loria to clear salary.

Any moves that could occur would be driven to turn the team in another direction.

“We never usually use buyer or seller, we’re open to everything,” Beinfest said. “We don’t do re-dos or anything like that. This team is capable of winning. But if we want to tweak something because it’s just not working, I think we’re going to look at it. I think that’s where we’re at right now.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins lineups for Sunday

The Marlins wrap up their first half on Sunday looking to salvage a four-game split with the D-backs at Chase Field.

A pair of starting pitchers who opened the season at Double-A will be on the mound. Alex Sanabia gets the call for Florida, while Barry Enright goes for Arizona.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Wes Helms, 3B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

 

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1) Chris Young, CF

2) Kelly Johnson, 2B

3) Justin Upton, RF

4) Miguel Montero, C

5) Mark Reynolds, 3B

6) Stephen Drew, SS

7) Rusty Ryal, 1B

8) Gerardo Parra, LF

9) Barry Enright, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins giving Hayes a start

Coming off a win on Friday night, the Marlins look to make it two straight against the D-backs at Chase Field on Saturday.

The only change from Friday’s lineup is Brett Hayes started at catcher instead of Ronny Paulino.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Nate Robertson, P

 

 

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1) Stephen Drew, SS

2) Tony Abreu, 2B

3) Justin Upton, RF

4) Chris Young, CF

5) Mark Reynolds, 3B

6) Rusty Ryal, 1B

7) Chris Snyder, C

8) Cole Gillespie, LF

9) Ian Kennedy, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-D-backs lineups Friday

The Marlins look to bounce back in the second of four games against the D-backs at Chase Field. Ricky Nolasco will take the mound against Dan Haren.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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1) Chris Young, CF

2) Kelly Johnson, 2B

3) Justin Upton, RF

4) Miguel Montero, C

5) Mark Reynolds, 3B

6) Adam LaRoche, 1B

7) Stephen Drew, SS

8) Gerardo Parra, LF

9) Dan Haren, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins happy for Heat

Civic pride is running high in South Florida over news that the Miami Heat have lured in three of the NBA’s top players.

The excitement raised to a new level on Thursday when LeBron James announced on ESPN that he will be signing with the Heat. The arrival of James makes the Heat immediate championship contenders.

Enthusiasm is high over the Heat building a team around James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

There will certainly be a buzz around the AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown, which is only a few miles away from where the Marlins new retractable-roof ballpark is building built.

The Marlins feature some of baseball’s rising stars, like Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. Rookie Mike Stanton promises to be a standout in the years to come.

Marlins president David Samson is a strong supporter for all the local sports teams, as he feels it enriches the community.

“We are very pleased that Wade, Bosh and James agree that Miami is a great Major League city, and we are excited for all sports fans in Miami,” Samson said. “We hope that there will be many championships in the future for all our local teams.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

 

Hanley welcomes LeBron

Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins three-time All-Star shortstop and face of the franchise, extended a warm South Florida welcome to LeBron James.

h2rlebron.jpgShortly after James announced he was signing with the Miami Heat, Ramirez scribbled on a piece of paper, “Welcome LeBron.”

The addition of James brings one of the biggest names in sports to South Florida.

The Marlins feature a couple of All-Stars in Ramirez and Josh Johnson, a 6-foot-7 right-hander who played basketball in high school.

Marlins outfielder Cody Ross says he played point guard in high school. He couldn’t dunk.

“But I could get the rim,” said Ross, who is listed as 5-foot-10 in the media guide.

Reliever Burke Badenhop grew up in Ohio, and said he averaged 14 points and seven rebounds a game playing high school basketball.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup Thursday

After taking two of three at the Dodgers, the Marlins open a four-game set with the D-backs at Chase Field on Thursday night. One change to the lineup is Brett Hayes got the nod at catcher for Ronny Paulino.

Paulino has been getting a majority of the work. He took a foul ball off the bat of Rafael Furcal in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Maybin getting shoulder checked

Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 on July 1 at Nashville, raising his batting average to .357 at Triple-A New Orleans.

That’s the good news for the 23-year-old outfielder.

The bad news is he hasn’t played since, and he has been placed on the seven-day Minor League disabled list with a left shoulder injury. Maybin had surgery on the shoulder last November, and he is heading to Miami to have it re-examined by the Marlins physicians.

Because of the previous surgery, Maybin and the team are being careful. The shoulder has bothered him a for most of the season, although he never used it as an excuse.

Maybin opened the year as the Marlins starting center fielder. In 51 games for Florida he batted .225 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.

The Marlins optioned Maybin to New Orleans on June 18.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Turner Field ready for Fourth

Four hours before Sunday’s Fourth of July showdown between the Marlins and Braves, pregame preparations were being made. A giant flag was being displayed in the outfield.

Here’s how the rehearsal went.

 

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