August 2010

Uggla out of lineup again

Dan Uggla, nursing a right groin strain, was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day on Tuesday.

The Marlins slugger had played in all of the team’s first 129 games before he was scratched on Monday in a game the Marlins lost 9-3 to the Nationals.

Emilio Bonifacio is filling in for Uggla at second base, while Gaby Sanchez is hitting in the cleanup spot.

Uggla is sitting on 29 homers and he is one shy of becoming the first second baseman in MLB history to post four 30 home run seasons.

MARLINS:

1) Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) Chad Tracy, 3B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins in market for a catcher

Bullpen won’t be the only area the Marlins plan to address in the offseason.

The organization is strongly considering moving in another direction at catcher. Ronny Paulino recently was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s substance abuse policy.

This year, Paulino made $1.1 million. Through arbitration, he projects to see his salary increase to about $3 million in 2011.

Due to the suspension, he is out for the remainder of the season. The organization is cautious about wanting to pay $3 million to a player coming off a suspension. So they will be exploring other catching options.

If Paulino were to return, it would be at a marked down price.

The other catcher the Marlins expected to have this year faces the strong possibility of arm surgery.

John Baker, projected to get majority of the playing time this season, has been on the disabled list since mid-May. Baker visited a doctor on Monday, and chances are likely that he will be undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

Because of the situations with Paulino and Baker, the Marlins have made finding catching help a high priority. Adding catching help is up there with solidifying the bullpen.

Paulino played in 91 games and he batted .259 with four homers and 37 RBIs.

While he was especially solid in May and June, his numbers dropped significantly as he was playing every day. In June, he batted .287, and followed that up with a .174 batting average in July. In August, he appeared in 12 games, and was hitting .171 in the month when he was suspended.

Rookies Brett Hayes and Brad Davis are currently handling the catching duties.

– Joe Frisaro

Hanley back, Uggla ailing

A day after leaving the game due to dizziness, Hanley Ramirez is back in the Marlins lineup on Monday against the Nationals at Sun Life Stadium.

But late in the afternoon, the team announced Dan Uggla would not play due to a strained right groin.

Uggla was initially in the lineup, but was replaced at second base by Emilio Bonifacio.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says Uggla is day-to-day, but chances are he could missed at least another game or two in the series.

“When you’re talking about a leg injury, it’s hard for me to believe,” Rodriguez said of a player missing just one game.

Uggla noted some soreness after Sunday’s game in Atlanta.

Cameron Maybin also is starting in center field, after sitting out on Sunday at Atlanta. Maybin had a mild left groin strain on Saturday.

Alex Sanabia gets the start for Florida, while Washington is going with Jason Marquis.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) Chad Tracy, 3B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley exits feeling light-headed

Hanley Ramirez was removed from the game in the top of the third inning on Sunday after  feeling light headed on the field.

The Marlins All-Star shortstop singled to open the third inning off Atlanta’s Derek Lowe. After Dan Uggla reached on a check-swing infield single, when his head-first slide was ruled to be ahead of Eric Hinske’s foot reaching the base. Ramirez stopped at second base.

But as Lowe was getting ready to pitch to Gaby Sanchez, Ramirez motioned to the dugout. His right hand was over his chest as he walked towards manager Edwin Rodriguez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak. While being checked out, Ramirez doubled over a second before walking to the dugout.

It was 82 degrees at Turner Field.

Donnie Murphy replaced Ramirez at shortstop.

In the first inning, Ramirez belted a three-run homer off Lowe. It was his 18th of the season, giving him 67 RBIs.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Braves Sunday lineups

Josh Johnson takes the mound on Sunday as the Marlins look to take the series with the Braves at Turner Field.

The teams split the first two games in Atlanta. Derek Lowe will pitch for the Braves.

Cameron Maybin was given a day off to get Emilio Bonifacio some playing time.

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Eric Hinske, 1B

6) Alex Gonzalez, SS

7) Melky Cabrera, LF

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Derek Lowe, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins-Braves lineup Saturday

Ricky Nolasco returns to the mound on Saturday after being scratched from one start due a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Nolasco has won nine of his last 11 starts, and he takes the mound for the Marlins at Turner Field. Atlanta is going with Tim Hudson.

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Emilio Bonifacio, RF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Derrek Lee, 1B

6) Matt Diaz, LF

7) Alex Gonzalez, SS

8) Melky Cabrera, CF

9) Tim Hudson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Maybin ready after dehydrating

For precautionary reasons on Friday, Cameron Maybin was lifted from the Marlins game with the Braves.

At the time, the team called the ailment a minor left groin strain.

Maybin was confident after Florida beat Atlanta, 7-1, that he would be back in the lineup on Saturday. He was.

On Saturday afternoon, Maybin started in center field and he led off. He said he felt he dehydrated and cramped from the night before.

“I hadn’t played in hot weather for a few days,” Maybin said. “It was cool when we were in New York.”

Before facing the Braves at Turner Field, the Marlins were on the road against the Mets at Citi Field. Maybin, meanwhile, was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, and the  Zephyrs had been playing in the altitude in Albuquerque.

While Maybin is fine, the team received some discouraging news regarding catcher John Baker.

Baker’s right arm didn’t feel 100 percent after he played five innings in a rehab assignment game on Friday for Class A Jupiter. The hope was to have Baker play as the designated hitter on Saturday.

Baker has been on the disabled list since May with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said the team is easing up onBaker’s schedule. It’s too early to rule out if the catcher will play again for the Marlins this season. But the latest setback is reason for concern.

– Joe Frisaro

 

His name is Dan Uggla!

Facing the Braves brings out the best in Dan Uggla.

On Friday night, Uggla connected on his 29th homer of season, an opposite-field shot off Tommy Hanson in the sixth inning at Turner Field.

uggla1b.jpgThe blast was the 150th of his five-year career, as Uggla continues to add on to his Marlins’ record for home runs.

It also was the 22nd home run the second baseman has collected against the Braves, his highest total against any team.

Uggla’s 11 homers at Turner Field are a personal high at any ballpark besides Sun Life Stadium, where he has 74.

Uggla and Miguel Cabrera are the only Marlins ever to reach 30 homers three separate times. The difference is Uggla has done it in three straight seasons, while Cabrera’s weren’t all in a row.

It is a matter of time before Uggla extends that to four consecutive years, since he has 29 with more than a month to play.

When it comes to pure home run power, Uggla has been remarkably consistent. For his career, he’s averaging a home run every 18.71 at-bats. This season, he is ahead of that pace, as he is going deep every 16.14 per at-bats.

The slot in the lineup where Uggla has his most home runs may surprise some people. It’s second in the batting order, where he was anchored in 2006-07. It wasn’t until early in the 2008 season that he slid down to fifth or six. He opened this year batting fifth, but has been in the cleanup spot for 46 games.

Uggla has 61 homers from the second spot, and 48 while batting fifth. He has 19 when batting sixth, and 15 at cleanup.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Maybin exits with left groin strain

Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin, who flinched while taking a swing in the seventh inning on Friday night, was removed during the middle of the at-bat with a left groin strain.

He is listed as day to day.

But after the Marlins beat the Braves, 7-1, Maybin said he expected to be ready for Saturday.

“Two swings in a row, I felt my groin grab a little bit,” Maybin said. “They wanted me to take it easy for precautionary reasons. We’ll see how it feels, and I hope to be back in the lineup tomorrow.”

Maybin was having a strong game against the Braves. He led off with a home run, and he made a terrific diving catch to rob Tommy Hanson in the third inning.

Mike Stanton replaced Maybin, assuming the at-bat against Cristhian Martinez. Stanton swung through strike three, but the strikeout was recorded to Maybin.

In the first inning, Maybin and Logan Morrison became the first pair in Marlins history to belt back-to-back home runs in the team’s first at-bat.

Emilio Bonifacio replaced Maybin in center field, while Stanton remained in the game, moving to right field.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins open crucial series

After taking two of three from the Mets in New York, the Marlins are two games above .500 as they open a three game series at Atlanta.

The Marlins are 8 1/2 in back of the Braves in the NL East, and they’re six games out in the Wild Card chase.

“The way I see it, and pretty much the way the whole team sees it, every game is important to us, regardless of it we play the Braves or any other team,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “We had a very good series in New York. I think we have the momentum going our way. This is the time, we’re playing the teams that are ahead of us.

“If we have a very good series here, we’re going to start putting some pressure on the teams above us.”

MARLINS

1) Cameron Maybin, CF
2) Logan Morrison, LF
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Dan Uggla, 2B
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Chad Tracy, 3B
7) Emilio Bonifacio, RF
8) Brad Davis, C
9) Chris Volstad, P

BRAVES

1) Omar Infante, 2B
2) Jason Heyward, RF
3) Martin Prado, 3B
4) Brian McCann, C
5) Derrek Lee, 1B
6) Eric Hinske, LF
7) Alex Gonzalez, SS
8) Rick Ankiel, CF
9) Tommy Hanson, P

– Joe Frisaro

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