April 2011

Coghlan exits with sore shoulder

MIAMI — For the first time in his career, Chris Coghlan asked out of a game due to not feeling right.

But the discomfort the Marlins center fielder was feeling in his right shoulder on Wednesday progressed throughout the game. Finally, after he grounded out in the seventh inning, he told manager Edwin Rodriguez that he couldn’t continue to play.

Coghlan has dealt with tendinitis in his right shoulder since Spring Training. He said he has good days and bad days. Wednesday was a bad one, even though he had a three-run double in the second inning.

“In Spring Training, they said it was something that was six-to-eight weeks, but that’s if you do rehab,” Coghlan said. “You go out there, you dive on it. You swing. You throw when you’ve got to throw.”

Is this something that will bother him all season?

“I don’t have an answer for that,” Coghlan said. “I just try to do what I can do so I can be out there at 7 o’clock and stay out there as many games as I can to help the team win.”

Coghlan said he hopes to play on Friday at Cincinnati. The Marlins are off on Thurday, which gives him an extra day to rest.

Joe Frisaro

JJ gives praise to Weaver

MIAMI — A strong argument can be made that Josh Johnson has been the National League Pitcher of the Month in April. He may receive that honor when the voting is completed in the next few days.

After all, JJ is 3-0 with an NL-leading 1.06 ERA. He’s also been the toughest starting pitcher in the game to get a hit off. He’s allowed just 13 in 34 innings. Consider, Roy Halladay has given up 32 hits over 37 1/3 innings in his five starts.

But the title of “nastiest pitcher” in the big leagues right now goes to Jered Weaver of the Angels.

Weaver improved to 6-0 the other night with a complete-game shutout, as he lowered his ERA to 0.99. He’s struck out 49 in 45 2/3 innings.

“Fun to watch,” JJ said when asked about Weaver. “It’s ridiculous.”

JJ and Weaver were both All-Stars in 2010, but they have never met.

Being on the East Coast, though, hasn’t stopped JJ from following what Weaver has been accomplishing.

“He’s been nasty,” JJ said. “Just how many pitches he has. He has a nasty, nasty changeup. Nasty curveball. Nasty slider. He paints his fastball. He throws every pitch, any time he wants. It’s impressive. Really impressive.

“Being a pitcher, I always look at pitchers. I don’t pay attention to the hitters as much. They always show the home runs, and don’t show pitchers too much, unless they strike a lot of guys out.”

Weaver has been doing that, and making a lot of headlines.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins look for sweep

MIAMI — Already it’s been one of the Marlins best homestands ever. They club is looking to end it on a high as they face the Dodgers at 12:10 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium.

At 7-1 on the homestand, the Marlins are looking to complete a three-game sweep.

Anibal Sanchez takes the mound, and Los Angeles is going with Chad Billingsley.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Infante, 2B

Ramirez, SS

G. Sanchez, 1B

Stanton, RF

Dobbs, 3B

Bonifacio, LF

Hayes, C

A. Sanchez, P

Joe Frisaro

Hanley returns to lineup

MIAMI — Given a breather on Monday, Hanley Ramirez was back in the starting lineup on Tuesday as the Marlins look to take their three-game set with the Dodgers.

Ramirez came through with a clutch, two-out, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning of Florida’s 5-4 win on Monday.

The Marlins send Chris Volstad to the mound, while the Dodgers are going with lefty Clayton Kershaw. Wes Helms, who is 3-for-7 lifetime against Kershaw, is starting at third base.

Andre Ethier of the Dodgers has a 22-game hitting streak, which ties an MLB record for April.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Infante, 2B

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Stanton, RF

Buck, C

Helms, 3B

Bonifacio, LF

Volstad, P

Joe Frisaro

LoMo has cast removed

MIAMI –  The cast came off on Monday, and Logan Morrison is encouraged about how his left foot is feeling.

Morrison is on the disabled list with a strained left arch, and he is projected to miss two to four weeks. For the past few days he was in a hard cast, but it was removed on Monday, and the Marlins left fielder was cleared to ride the exercise bike.

Morrison said he will know more about his recovery timeline after he takes live batting practice, which could come as early as this weekend. He is not making the road trip with the Marlins to Cincinnati, and he will get his treatment this weekend at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter.

In the next couple of days, Morrison will do some throwing. Before he returns to the lineup, he is expected to play in some Minor League rehab games.

As for the cast Morrison has been wearing, he plans on putting it up for auction in hopes of raising money for the American Lung Association.

Joe Frisaro

Hanley gets a breather

MIAMI — Mired in a 1-for-21 slump, Hanley Ramirez is getting the night off on Monday. At least, he isn’t in the starting lineup.

Ramirez has been struggling throughout the homestand, and after going hitless in four at-bats on Sunday, manager Edwin Rodriguez opted to give the three-time All-Star a day to relax.

Donnie Murphy is starting at shortstop in the series opener with the Dodgers at Sun Life Stadium.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Infante, 2B

Sanchez, 1B

Stanton, RF

Dobbs, 3B

Buck, C

Bonifacio, LF

Murphy, SS

Nolasco, P

Joe Frisaro

El Gran Combo “Super Saturday”

MIAMI — For a week, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has been listening to his favorite salsa band.

After Saturday night’s game against the Rockies, Rodriguez will stick around Sun Life Stadium to watch his No. 1 group.

El Gran Combo, the legendary Puerto Rican salsa band, is the Super Saturday act.

“This whole week, I’ve been playing their music,” said Rodriguez, the first Puerto Rican-born MLB manager. “They’re my No. 1 salsa band.”

Founded in 1962, El Gran Combo actually played at Rodriguez’s high school in Puerto Rico in 1978. Rodriguez’s favorite song is Timbalero.

Javier Vazquez, the Marlins starter on Saturday, also is a big fan of El Gran Combo.

A majority of Florida’s players are, including Venezuelan-born Anibal Sanchez, who threw a one-hitter on Friday. also likes the band.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins look for fifth straight

MIAMI — Riding high after Anibal Sanchez’s one-hitter on Friday, the Marlins look to make it five straight wins when they face the Rockies on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.

Javier Vazquez is getting the start.

After the game, the Super Saturday performance will be by El Gran Combo.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Infante, 2B

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Dobbs, 3B

Stanton, RF

Buck, C

Bonifacio, LF

Vazquez, P

Joe Frisaro

Anibal turns in No. 13 one-hitter

MIAMI — Three outs away from tossing the Marlins’ fifth no-hitter on Friday night, Anibal Sanchez instead settled for the franchise’s 13th one-hitter.

Ironically, Sanchez also threw No. 12, when he one-hit the Giants at AT&T Park last Sept. 29.

In their history, the Marlins four no-hitters were by Al Leiter (1996), Kevin Brown (1997), A.J. Burnett (2001) and Sanchez (2006).

Leiter no-hit the Rockies, 11-0, on May 11, 1996. Brown’s no-hitter was on June 10, 1997 at San Francisco, 9-0. Burnett turned in his historical game on May 12, 2001 at San Diego, 3-0. Sanchez, meanwhile, no-hit the Diamondbacks, 2-0, on Sept. 6, 2006.

MARLINS’ ONE-HITTERS

7/9/94 vs. Rockies, 4-2, Rapp, Johnstone, Nen

9/17/95 at Rockies, 17-0, Pat Rapp

4/10/97 at Cubs, 1-0, Alex Fernandez

7/16/97 vs. Dodgers, 5-1, Kevin Brown

5/7/00 vs. Mets, 3-0, Ryan Dempster

6/16/01 vs. Rays, 11-0, Penny, Bones

6/26/01 vs. Expos, 3-0, Penny, Alfonseca

6/16/03 vs. Mets, 1-0, Dontrelle Willis

5/26/04 at Reds, 3-0, Phelps, Perisho, Benitez

7/22/08 vs. Braves, 4-0, VandenHurk, Nelson, Pinto, Lindstrom

6/18/09 at Red Sox, 2-1, Ricky Nolasco (five innings)

7/29/10 at Giants, 5-0, Anibal Sanchez

4/22/11 vs. Rockies, 4-1, Anibal Sanchez

Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup for Friday

MIAMI — Fresh off a three-game sweep against the Pirates, the Marlins will be severely tested against the Rockies, who enter with the best record in the game.

The Rockies are starting Jhoulys Chacin, who is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA. The Marlins counter with Anibal Sanchez.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, the Marlins made a roster moving, recalling infielder Ozzie Martinez from Triple-A New Orleans. Martinez takes the roster place of Logan Morrison, who was placed on the disabled list on Thursday night.

The game will not be televised on FSN.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF
Infante, 2B
Ramirez, SS
G. Sanchez, 1B
Stanton, RF
Buck, C
Cousins, LF
Bonifacio, 3B
A. Sanchez, P

Joe Frisaro

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