August 2010

Coghlan undergoing surgery

Chris Coghlan’s season is over.

The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The procedure will be performed by Marlins physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, on Wednesday.

Recovery time is four to eight weeks.

Coghlan’s sophomore year in the big leagues ends with a .268 batting average and .335 on-base percentage.

It was a rough season for the 25-year-old, who will be converting from left field to third base when Spring Training for 2011 opens.

Coghlan suffered the knee injury during a postgame celebration after the Marlins beat the Braves on July 25.

Wes Helms delivered the walk-off hit that day, and the team rejoiced.

While Helms was being interviewed, Coghlan leaped to smash a towel full of shaving cream into his teammate’s face. He landed awkwardly on his knee, and went on the disabled list the next day.

Earlier in his season, Coghlan dealt with a sore oblique after making a diving catch against the Reds on April 13. Shortly after the All-Star Break, he bruised his ribs while making a diving catch against the Nationals.

He missed some games after each incident.

The Marlins were planning on switching Coghlan to third base after Jorge Cantu was traded. That transition is expected next year.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Bosh at the ballpark

Chris Bosh has game … on the diamond too.

One of the top players in the NBA, Bosh was the Marlins guest on Saturday night. One of the marquee new additions to the Miami Heat, Bosh threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Florida faced St. Louis at Sun Life Stadium.

Wearing a Marlins jersey, Bosh signed autographs prior to the game and threw out the first pitch to Cody Ross.

A few weeks ago, Bosh and LeBron James joined the Heat, making them one of the leading contenders in the NBA.

Top photo courtesy of Denis Bancroft of the Florida Marlins. Second photo, courtesy of Robert Vigon of the Marlins.

 

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Marlins-Cardinals Saturday lineup

Mired in a season-long five-game losing streak, the Marlins are turning to their ace, Josh Johnson, in hopes of getting back on the winning track.

Jake Westbrook gets the start for St. Louis on Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium.

Gaby Sanchez (right hamstring) and Cody Ross (neck) are out of the lineup for the second straight day. Both are day-to-day. With an off day on Monday, there is a likelihood they both could be rested for the series before returning on Tuesday at Washington. Both are available to pinch-hit.

 

 

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1) Felipe Lopez, 3B

2) Jon Jay, RF

3) Albert Pujols, 1B

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Colby Rasmus, CF

6) Yadier Molina, C

7) Aaron Miles, 2B

8) Jake Westbrook, P

9) Brendan Ryan, SS

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Mike Stanton, RF

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Wes Helms, 1B

8) Donnie Murphy, 3B

9) Josh Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Players call team meeting

Being swept by the Phillies, and losing on a controversial call, raised the level of concern in the clubhouse to the point where the players had a team meeting.

Assembled by Wes Helms, a number of veterans spoke up about not letting the season get out of hand. Now, the end result wasn’t promising as the Cardinals, behind Adam Wainwright’s two-hit shutout, frustrated Florida, 7-0, on Friday night.

Still, the players got together to stress the urgency of finishing strong.

“This is where it’s going to draw the true character, individually and as a team,” Helms said. “You just don’t want to get caught in the rut where you say, ‘Hey, we’re out of it.’ Because we’re not out of it.

“Even if we were out of it, you still want to play baseball the way it was meant to be played. We’ve been kind of dead lately. Where we’re just out there playing. Not having good ABs and not being alert on defense. And not doing the little things that we need to do to win. As a team, this is where all 25 of us have to pick it up, start playing better with more intensity and having some fun.”

The Marlins have dropped five straight and are 53-56.

“We have fallen behind in the standings, and it’s going to be tough to make a playoff push, but we still can do it,” Helms said. “Right now, this is where it’s going to show the true color of our team. When we’re in a rut like this, falling nine or 10 games back, are we going to fall and quit or are we going to keep pushing?

“Or are we going to make strong push for the organization. We want to finish over .500 so we can build for next year, if we’re not going to make it this year. This is a crucial time for the team. It shows the character for the team. We’ve got to keep going.”

The Marlins played on Friday without Gaby Sanchez (tight right hamstring) and Cody Ross (stiff neck). Both will be game-time decisions on Saturday.

“We’re flat. There is no way around it. We’re just flat,” Uggla said. “We’ve got to dig deep inside of us and find that competitiveness we had on the road trip. We had some tough games against the Phillies, but that’s no excuse. We have to bounce back from that. We’re capable of doing that. It’s just a matter of doing it.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Marlins lineup for Friday

Matching their season-high four-game losing streak, the Marlins look to rebound on Friday against the Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium. Ricky Nolasco gets the start against Adam Wainwright.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Chad Tracy, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Gaby has sore hamstring

Gaby Sanchez, who hit the controversial foul ball on Thursday night, was not in the starting lineup on Friday in the series opener with the Cardinals

Sanchez has a sore right hamstring. He felt it tug a little during a steal of second base in the seventh inning in the Marlins 5-4 loss to the Phillies on Thursday.

In the ninth inning, Sanchez slapped a hard grounder down the third base line that the Marlins felt should have been the game-winning hit. But the ball was ruled foul by third base umpire Bob Davidson. Had it been fair, Hanley Ramirez would have scored from second with the decisive run.

Sanchez is listed as day-to-day. Chad Tracy made his first start for Florida on Friday, filling in for Sanchez at first base.

The sore hamstring isn’t serious, and Sanchez stretched and did some warmups on Friday. He also was available to pinch-hit.

A Rookie of the Year candidate, Sanchez is leading the Marlins with a .294 batting average. He has 12 homers and 52 RBIs.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Stanton climbing rookie leaderboard

The rest of the class had a head start. Now, Mike Stanton is catching up.

On Wednesday night, Stanton connected on his 10th homer of the season, making him the seventh rookie this year to reach the double-digit mark. The 20-year-old belted No. 10 in his 47th big league game. By comparison, Justin Smoak of the Mariners has 10 homers and he’s played in 86 games.

Tyler Colvin of the Cubs paces all rookies with 17, and he has played 99 games.

At 20, Stanton already is one of the strongest players in the game. Counting his Minor League numbers this season, the rookie has 31 homers in pro ball this season.

At Double-A Jacksonville, he belted 21 homers in 53 games before being promoted to the big leagues on June 23. Stanton has been out of Double-A eight weeks, and he still leads the Southern League in homers. Carlos Peguero of West Tennessee is second with 19 in 101 games.

There is another big league rookie who also is showing a great deal of power. Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates has eight homers in 42 games.

As impressive as Stanton’s power has been, he won’t likely set the Marlins rookie home run record. In 2006, Dan Uggla belted 27.

Here’s the top home run leaders among rookies:

1. Tyler Colvin, Cubs, 17
2. Ike Davis, Mets, 15
3. Brennan Boesch, Tigers, 12
4. Gaby Sanchez, Marlins, 12
5. Jason Heyward, Braves, 11
6. Justin Smoak, Mariners, 10
7. Mike Stanton, Marlins, 10

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins strive to snap slide

The Marlins have dropped three straight heading into their series finale with the Phillies on Thursday at Sun Life Stadium.

Chris Volstad gets the start against Roy Oswalt.

 

 

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1) Jimmy Rollins, SS

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Ross Gload, 1B

4) Raul Ibanez, LF

5) Jayson Werth, CF

6) Domonic Brown, RF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, 2B

9) Roy Oswalt, P

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Tracy signed as free agent

With doubt that Chris Coghlan will play again for the Marlins this season, the team made a move on Thursday to add depth to their third base position.

Chad Tracy, 30, was signed as a free agent. The veteran infielder, who broke in with Arizona in 2004, appeared in 28 games for the Cubs this season.

Tracy adds another left-handed bat to the lineup. And he can split time at third base with Wes Helms.

The Marlins plan on converting Coghlan to third base. But Coghlan is on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and it is unclear if he will play again this season.

Tracy batted .250 in 44 at-bats with the Cubs this year. He last played in the big leagues on June 24.

To make room for Tracy, outfielder Bryan Petersen was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

In another move that was made official on Thursday, catcher Brett Hayes was re-instated off the disabled list, and catcher Brad Davis was optioned to New Orleans.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins look to rebound

The Marlins have dropped two straight and look to even their three-game set with the Phillies on Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium.

Anibal Sanchez, coming off a one-hit shutout over the Giants at AT&T Park last Thursday, takes the mound for Florida. Kyle Kendrick gets the nod for Philadelphia.

 

 

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1) Jimmy Rollins, SS

2) Placido Polanco, 2B

3) Raul Ibanez, LF

4) Jayson Werth, CF

5) Ross Gload, 1B

6) Domonic Brown, RF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, 2B

9) Kyle Kendrick, P

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

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