February 2011

Marlins lineup vs. Cardinals

The Marlins open their Grapefruit League schedule on Monday as the visiting team against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Bryan Petersen is getting the start in right field in place of Mike Stanton, who strained his right quad on Sunday.

Chris Coghlan is getting the day off after he played in Sunday’s exhibition with the University of Miami.

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Dewayne Wise, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) John Buck, DH

7) Bryan Petersen, RF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Matt Dominguez, 3B

– Joe Frisaro

 

Stanton out at least 2 weeks

The good news is Mike Stanton came into camp on Monday morning feeling better. But time will tell how long the Marlins right fielder will be out with a strained right quad.

Stanton suffered the injury while sprinting to first base on a ground out on Sunday in Florida’s 9-8 loss to the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

In the afternoon, Stanton told reporters he will miss at least two weeks.

“It’s night and day better than yesterday,” the outfielder said.

“He came in today, and he felt better,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “But still, it’s too early to tell. The trainers are going to wait two or three more days to see how he feels. Then, he will have a better idea of how serious the injury is.”

It’s encouraging that Stanton is feeling better, but it will be several days, if not a week or more before he is expected back.

The team is being extra cautious.

Items of note from Rodriguez’s morning session with the media:

* Donnie Murphy is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist. If he continues to show he is healthy, Murphy has a strong chance to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. Rodriguez said he would like to keep both Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio.

* Gaby Sanchez is batting cleanup in place of Stanton.

* Bryan Petersen is getting the starting nod in right field on Monday. Dewayne Wise is playing center field as Chris Goghlan gets the day off. Wise is getting an opportunity now that Stanton is out for a little while. Petersen, Scott Cousins and Josh Kroeger also will see time in right field.

* John Baker took some swings in a simulated game on Monday morning. Omar Poveda and Alex Sanabia each threw in the sim game.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

No defense against the walks

For all the talk about improving defensively, the Marlins encountered something they couldn’t defend on Sunday.

The bullpen combined to walk 11 in a 9-8 loss against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

“We’re going to be better defending on the field,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “But we can’t defend the walks.”

Prospects Chad James, Brad Hand, Jhan Marinez and Dan Jennings accounted for all 11 walks.

Other items of note on Sunday.

* Rodriguez said the dugout went silent for about five seconds when Mike Stanton pulled up while running to first base in the second inning. Stanton stumbled to the ground at first base, and he exited with a strained right quad.

“It’s still early, but we want to make sure he’s 100 percent when he is on the field,” Rodriguez said.

* With Stanton out, Dewayne Wise will receive more work in right field. Scott Cousins and Bryan Petersen also will be in the mix. Rodriguez singled Wise out, saying he likes what he is seeing from the non-roster invitee.

* Gaby Sanchez is expected to bat cleanup with Stanton out.

* Hanley Ramirez should be in the lineup on Monday in the Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. But center fielder Chris Coghlan will not be playing, even though he felt fine after playing a couple of innings on Sunday.

* Ricky Nolasco likely will throw off the mound for the first time on Wednesday. Nolasco has been nursing a sore right thumb.

* Catcher John Baker’s became a father on Feb. 24 when his wife, Meghan, gave birth to a baby girl.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Stanton strains right quad

JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins slugger Mike Stanton exited Sunday’s exhibition in the second inning with a right quad strain, according to the team.

The injury occurred in Stanton’s second at-bat against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

“It’s never a good thing, but I’d rather it be now than later,” Stanton said. “I have some time for it to heal up.”

The seriousness of the injury is not yet known, but it is safe to say Stanton will miss at least the first few Grapefruit League games.

“I think the next couple of days will be a better feel on a time frame,” Stanton said. “We really won’t know for at least 24 or 48 hours.”

After chopping a ground ball to Miami Hurricanes pitcher Michael Rudman, Stanton sprinted down the line, but pulled up. He stumbled at the bag, and fell to the ground.

Immediately, assistant trainer Mike Kozak tended to the 21-year-old, who walked off the field. Scott Cousins replaced Stanton in right field.

Stanton started off the game with some excitement. In the first inning, on the first pitch he saw, he belted a two-run homer to left field.

Before the bottom of the third, Stanton went into a golf cart, and he was driven back to the Marlins clubhouse.

– Joe Frisaro

 

JJ-Koehler pitching in simulated game

Some highlights from manager Edwin Rodriguez’s morning press session:

* Josh Johnson and prospect Tom Koehler are throwing a two-inning simulated game at 10:20 a.m. on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium.

* Matt Dominguez likely will get three at-bats in the exhibition against the University of Miami, while most of the regulars will each get two. The plan is to play Dominguez as much as possible in Spring Training games. Look for him to go full games well before the rest of the regulars.

* Rodriguez says the team is pulling for Dominguez to win the third base job, because “I really believe if he makes the club that we will be a better team. Then we can keep [Omar] Infante at second base.” The preference is for Infante to play second, not third.

* Ricky Nolasco continues to throw on flat ground. The team is hopeful he can throw off the mound sometime next week. Nolasco is nursing a sore right thumb.

* After Johnson pitches his sim game on Sunday, the Marlins’ Opening Day starter will throw his first Grapefruit League game on Wednesday at Viera against the Nationals. Javier Vazquez, who is pitching against UM on Sunday, is slotted to throw again on Friday against the Mets.

* Donnie Murphy will be backing up Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. The hope is to play Emilio Bonifacio mostly in the outfield and second base in Spring Training games.

* The upcoming rotation: Vazquez (Sunday), Anibal Sanchez (Monday), Chris Volstad (Tuesday), JJ (Wednesday), Alex Sanabia (Thursday), Vazquez (Friday).

– Joe Frisaro

Lineup for Sunday vs. UM

Manager Edwin Rodriguez set the Marlins’ batting order for Sunday’s exhibition against the University of Miami.

In the 1:05 p.m. ET game at Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins will start Javier Vazquez, who will pitch no more than two innings. Chad James, Brad Hand and Jhan Marinez also are expected to pitch.

Lineup:

1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Omar Infante, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Mike Stanton, RF

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

7) John Buck, C

8) Wes Helms, DH

9) Matt Dominguez, 3B

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Stanton clears building in BP

Every day Mike Stanton takes batting practice is a new adventure. Friday was no different, as the Marlins young slugger reached new heights.

stantonBP225.jpgA few days ago, Stanton dazzled on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium, hitting the roof of a condo located across the street from left field.

On Friday, the team took batting practice inside Roger Dean Stadium. Beyond the left field wall is the Marlins’ building, which is complete with offices on the second floor, and the club house on the first floor.

Stanton achieved something that no one in attendance had seen before — he completely cleared the building. Making the shot more impressive is he took a BP pitch over the roof in left-center, just to the left of a sign on the wall advertising Duffy’s Sports Grill.

In a round before his blast over the building, Stanton hit back-to-back drives that hit the black screen beyond the center field wall. His bid for three straight to dead center came up short when his third shot actually struck the center field wall at the 400-foot marker.

– Joe Frisaro

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Coghlan set to lead off

JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has pretty much settled on a leadoff hitter.

Look for Chris Coghlan to bat first in the April 1 season opener against the Mets.

Rodriguez has been weighing two options for leadoff — Coghlan and Omar Infante. On Friday, the manager noted that Coghlan is expected to hit first in the season opener, as well as Sunday’s exhibition opener against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

Infante is projected to bat second.

Now, because Coghlan is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, look for the 25-year-old to have scheduled off days throughout Spring Training. For instance, after he plays on Sunday against UM, he likely will be out of the lineup on Monday in the Marlins’ Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. Infante is a likely leadoff choice in those games.

For the first couple of weeks of games, the Marlins will shy away from playing Coghlan in back-to-back games.

Other items of note from Friday:

* Javier Vazquez will be the starting pitcher on Sunday against the Miami Hurricanes. He will throw two innings. In the morning that day, Josh Johnson will throw a two inning simulated game on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium. The start time will be about 10:30 a.m.

* The starting lineup will play a couple of innings against the Hurricanes. For the most part, the regulars — like Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton — will get two at-bats. That could change for Matt Dominguez, who likely will get three at-bats. Catcher John Buck may just get one at-bat.

* Josh Johnson’s first Grapefruit League start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Nationals in Viera.

* Alex Sanabia is scheduled to start on Thursday against the Astros in Kissimmee.

* Ricky Nolasco has been throwing long toss as he recovers from a sore right thumb. As long as Nolasco is throwing in games by March 13-14, the right-hander should have enough time to be ready for the season. Now, where Nolasco is slotted to pitch may change. Even though he is projected to be the No. 2 starter, he could be pushed back to the fourth or fifth slot. Because the Marlins have a scheduled off day on April 4, they could go with a four-man rotation for a little while until Nolasco is ready.

– Joe Frisaro

Nolasco begins light throwing

Ricky Nolasco is not yet ready to throw off the mound, but the past two days, the right-hander has played catch.

The plan is to continue doing so, while not yet pushing the sore thumb that has set him back since the start of Spring Training.

Nolasco began a light tossing routine on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was throwing at 60 feet.

“I’m being optimistic,” said Nolasco, who hopes to throw at 100 feet in the next day or so. “I have a little bit more to go.”

Nolasco jammed his thumb about three weeks ago while doing some conditioning.

Expected to be Florida’s No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson, Nolasco is hopeful to throw off the mound sometime next week. The team isn’t pushing it.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says that as long as Nolasco is ready to pitch by mid-March, he should be fine to open the season.

Here’s a run down of what took place at camp on Wednesday.

* Donnie Murphy took live batting practice for the first time. Recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, Murphy faced Tom Koehler, and he said his wrist was fine. On Tuesday, Murphy stepped in against a pitcher, but he was tracking pitches and not swinging. He plans on continuing to take live BP.

* A few pitchers have already caught the eye of their manager. Rodriguez noted that relievers Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn and Edward Mujica have all looked impressive while facing hitters.

* The plan is to have Josh Johnson throw in a Grapefruit League game sometime next week. Johnson will not pitch the exhibition opener on Sunday against the University of Miami. Javier Vazquez will pitch two innings on that day. Also on Sunday, Johnson will throw in a simulated game on a back field, but he won’t face UM. JJ’s first Grapefruit League game will be either March 2 or March 3. If he starts on March 2 against the Nationals at Viera, he would be lined up throwing every fifth day up until Opening Day.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Stanton puts on a show

JUPITER, Fla. — Josh Johnson faced Hanley Ramirez. Matt Dominguez ran with the first team in a number of infield drills, and Chris Coghlan got his first taste of playing center field.

stanton2-22.jpgThere were plenty of storylines to follow in the Marlins first full-squad workouts on Tuesday afternoon at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

But the most jaw-dropping part of the day came on a back field during batting practice. Mike Stanton launched a number of mammoth drives well past the left field wall and near the town homes across the street.

In a group with Logan Morrison and Coghlan, Stanton put on a show for a small gathering. A couple of fans positioned outside the walls ran down the baseballs. One fan had at least three baseballs in each hand as he ran to gather even more Stanton drives.

Catcher Brett Hayes, who was in the group that followed Stanton, joked: “Save some baseballs for us, Mike.”

Other notable moments from Day One:

* In live batting practice, Johnson pitched to a group that included Ramirez. The two All-Stars faced each other, but it was pretty basic stuff as Johnson is working on his pitches, and Ramirez is getting his timing down. Johnson, like all the pitchers, was throwing behind a screen, while the hitters were under the “turtle” batting cage.

* Former Marlins bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault is now a scout in the organization. Arsenault, who was on Florida’s staff from 2002-10, watched Tuesday’s workouts.

* During infield drills, the starting unit was Gaby Sanchez at first, Omar Infante at second, Ramirez at short and Dominguez at third. Backing up at each position were Wes Helms (first), Emilio Bonifacio (second), Donnie Murphy (shortstop) and Greg Dobbs (third).

* Johnson, Chris Volstad and Javier Vazquez all threw live batting practice on Tuesday.

* Murphy, who is recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, participated in field drills, and he faced live pitching. The team still plans on not overload Murphy in hitting too much early in camp.

* John Baker, returning from Tommy John surgery to his throwing arm, took part in live batting practice. Baker is on a throwing program, tossing off flat ground at 90 feet, and he is building up to 120 feet.

* Wednesday’s workouts begin at 10 a.m. ET, and they are open to the public.

– Joe Frisaro

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