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

 

 

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