August 2010

Minor Leaguer Reed on DL

Evan Reed, one of the Minor League pitchers acquired in the Jorge Cantu trade with Texas, has been placed on the disabled list with a right elbow strain.

The Marlins obtained Reed and right-hander Omar Poveda from the Rangers for Cantu on July 29 while the club was in San Francisco.

Reed, a right-handed reliever, made one appearance with Double-A Jacksonville. He threw 1 2/3 innings for the Suns on July 31. He is on the DL retroactive to Aug. 2.

Before the injury, the Marlins felt Reed was close to being big league ready. He threw 39 innings at Double-A Frisco in the Rangers system prior to the trade.

Poveda, a starting pitcher from Venezuela, is recovering from Tommy John surgery and he should be ready for Spring Training.

– Joe Frisaro

Uggla keeps slugging away

Home runs, Dan Uggla likes to say, come in bunches.

They certainly have for the Marlins second baseman. Leading off the second inning on Tuesday, Uggla belted a solo shot off Roy Halladay.

Halladay, of course, threw a perfect game on May 29 at Sun Life Stadium, The Phillies right-hander retired the side in order in the first inning, meaning he had retired 30 straight in Miami before Uggla’s homer.

For Uggla, it was his eighth home run in the last 11 games. The hot streak began on July 23 against the Braves, and on July 27 at San Francisco, he enjoyed a two-homer day.

Last Saturday at San Diego,Uggla’s homer was the 144th of his career, making him the Marlins all-time home run leader. Mike Lowell previously held the mark with 143.

Uggla now has 145 homers in his career, and 24 on the season. He is on pace to top 30 homers for the fourth straight season.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Luna makes first start

For the first since May 21, 2008, Hector Luna is in a big league game. The veteran will start at third base for the Marlins in their series opener with the Phillies on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium.

After the Marlins traded Jorge Cantu to the Rangers last Thursday, Luna had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans. He was in uniform for the weekend series at San Diego, but he didn’t play.

Wes Helms will handle a majority of the starts at third base, but manager Edwin Rodriguez said Luna will make a start or two a week, either at third or first base.

Left-hander Sean West is making his first start of the season on Tuesday. The Marlins officially recalled West to face the Phillies. To make room for the lefty, right-hander Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment.

Roy Halladay is pitching for the Phillies.

Lineup for Tuesday: Hanley Ramirez (SS), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Dan Uggla (2B), Cody Ross (CF), Mike Stanton (RF), Ronny Paulino (C), Hector Luna (3B), Sean West (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

Giving starters some relief

Playing 17 straight games since the All-Star Break is a main reason the Marlins opted to give all of their starting pitchers another day of rest.

Josh Johnson, who has logged 147 innings on the season, also threw two scoreless innings in the All-Star Game. Perhaps he is showing a little fatigue after giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Sunday’s loss at San Diego.

The Marlins are off on Monday before taking on the Phillies in the first of three games at Sun Life Stadium on Tuesday. Sean West, who has spent the season in Triple-A, will get the start.

The team could have opted to keep four starters going on their normal fifth day. If that were the case, Ricky Nolasco could have thrown on Thursday against the Phillies, and Johnson could have gone on Friday against St. Louis.

But manager Edwin Rodriguez decided to push everybody back a day. So the Marlins will face the Phillies without at least one of their top two starters. Nolasco and JJ will throw on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

“That’s one more reason why we need that one day more of extra rest for the starters. I think that all the starters can use that extra day off,” Rodriguez said. “We had a very long stretch since the All-Star Break.”

Johnson has been the workhorse all season. But since the All-Star Break, the right-hander is 1-1 in four starts with a 3.24 ERA.

JJ had a string of 19 straight quality starts snapped on Sunday. The right-hander had gone at least six innings without giving up more than three earned runs in 19 straight starts.

“He didn’t have his best stuff, but then again, I think he pitched well,” Rodriguez said. “They made adjustment on all three of his pitches. They stayed back. They were laying off on his sliders in the dirt.”

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins eyeing sweep

The Marlins send Josh Johnson to the mound on Sunday with a chance for a sweep. The task won’t be easy as the Padres counter with Jon Garland at PETCO Park.

Johnson has a string of 19 straight quality starts. And his 19 total quality starts matches Seattle’s Felix Hernandez for the most in the Major Leagues this season.

 

 

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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) Josh Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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