May 2011

Hanley third all-time in hits

MIAMI — When Hanley Ramirez singled in the fifth inning on Wednesday night, it marked a milestone for the 27-year-old shortstop.

The hit was the 966th of Ramirez’s career, with them all coming as a Marlin. The three-time All-Star moved past Mike Lowell (965) and into sole possession of third place in franchise history.

Ramirez has a ways to go to catch the Marlins’ all-time hit leader, Luis Castillo, who collected 1,273 from 1996-2005.

Barring injury, Ramirez will take over second place on the team’s hit list later this season. Jeff Conine currently ranks second with 1,005 hits.

All-time hits leaders

1:  Luis Castillo 1,273
2:  Jeff Conine 1,005
3:  Hanley Ramirez 966
4:  Mike Lowell 965
5:  Miguel Cabrera 842
6:  Alex Gonzalez 788
7:  Dan Uggla 771
8: Derrek Lee 746
9: Cliff Floyd 661
10: Juan Pierre 606

Joe Frisaro

Nolasco set to face Cubs

MIAMI — Rained out on Tuesday night in New York, the Marlins are back on the field Wednesday at home to face the Cubs at Sun Life Stadium.

Ricky Nolasco, who was scheduled to pitch on Tuesday at Citi Field, will take the mound in the first of two games with Chicago in Miami.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Ramirez, SS

Morrison, LF

Sanchez, 1B

Dobbs, 3B

Stanton, RF

Buck, C

Infante, 2B

Nolasco, P

Joe Frisaro

Hanley hitting second

NEW YORK — For a couple of weeks, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez had several casual conversations about where to hit Hanley Ramirez in the lineup.

Off to the slowest start of his career, the three-time All-Star shortstop is batting .213 with two homers and 14 RBIs on the season.

Through the struggles, Ramirez had on-going dialogue with Rodriguez, who kept the shortstop in the third spot.

Now that Logan Morrison has returned from the disabled list, Rodriguez had another choice to hit third. So on Monday, the manager decided to make a switch.

Ramirez was moved to second in the order, while Morrison was slotted third in the series opener with the Mets at Citi Field.

Rodriguez didn’t want to drop Ramirez, to say, sixth or seventh, because he felt that would minimize his effectiveness. If Ramirez were to hit seventh, and he reached and stole second, teams would likely intentionally walk the eighth hitter to get to the pitcher.

Rodriguez also weighed leading Ramirez off, where he hit for most of his first three seasons. But the manager decided against that, because he sees Ramirez as a player who can drive in runs. Plus, the Marlins are happy with Chris Coghlan leading off.

So for now, Ramirez will hit second. For how long? That will depend on performance. But it likely will be at least a few games, and could last longer.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Ramirez, SS

Morrison, LF

Sanchez, 1B

Dobbs, 3B

Stanton, RF

Buck, C

Infante, 2B

Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

JJ with extra day of rest

NEW YORK — An extra day of rest typically results in a more effective Josh Johnson.

Johnson takes the mound for the Marlins on Monday night against the Mets at Citi Field.

Due to last Thursday’s off-day, Johnson will be going on five days rest between starts. He last pitched on May 10 against the Phillies.

In JJ’s four starts this year with an extra day of rest, he is 2-0 with a 0.33 ERA. He’s allowed one earned run in 27 1/3 innings in those games. Opposing batters are hitting .130 (12-for-92) in those games.

For his career, Johnson is 16-10, 2.91 in 43 starts on five days rest.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins recall Cishek

MIAMI — The Marlins added some bullpen depth on Wednesday, recalling right-handed reliever Steve Cishek from Triple-A New Orleans.

Cishek provides another arm in the bullpen, and the Marlins had a roster spot open because starter Javier Vazquez is on the bereavement list.

The Marlins and Phillies wrap up their three-game set at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday with Ricky Nolasco taking the mound. Cliff Lee goes for Philadelphia.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Bonifacio, LF

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Buck, C

Stanton, RF

Helms, 3B

Infante, 2B

Nolasco, P

Joe Frisaro

Hensley has hairline fracture

MIAMI — The MRI showed Clay Hensley has a hairline fracture to his left scapular. That’s the bad news.

The good news for Hensley is it’s still realistic that he will be able to rejoin the Marlins’ bullpen on May 22, the day he is eligible to be reinstated off the disabled list.

“I asked [the doctor] if it would be 15 days, and he said, ‘yeah,’ ” Hensley said of his chances of a speedy return.

The MRI was taken on Monday, and the bone fracture will take four to six weeks to heal.

Hensley, the team’s primary eighth-inning setup reliever, was placed on the disabled list on May 7 with a left rib contusion. He suffered the injury while falling at a hotel in Cincinnati on April 29.

The right-hander last pitched on May 6 against Washington, throwing one-third of an inning.

Joe Frisaro

Vazquez on Bereavement List

MIAMI — The Marlins have placed Javier Vazquez on the Bereavement List, and the right-hander is eligible to return on Friday.

Vazquez returned to his home in Puerto Rico on Tuesday due to a death in the family on his wife’s side. Manager Edwin Rodriguez, said the right-hander expects to join the team in Washington on Friday, and he remains slated to start on Sunday at the Nationals.

Vazquez pitched 4 1/3 innings and suffered the loss on Monday night against the Phillies.

Joe Frisaro

JJ and Doc bring winning edge

MIAMI — If you ask Josh Johnson who has set the standard for all starting pitchers in the big leagues, the Marlins’ ace doesn’t hesitate mentioning Roy Halladay.

Why?

“You can go up and down the list,” JJ said. “His attitude, the way he goes about his business. I’ve watched his in-between starts. I’ve watched his bullpens. He’s really, really impressive. He’s one of the guys — what he does on and off the field — it’s all business. That’s what I look to do.”

Johnson and Halladay hook up again on Tuesday when the Marlins face the Phillies at Sun Life Stadium.

As impressive as Halladay has been, JJ certainly isn’t far behind when it comes to being a dominating force on the mound.

The difference is Halladay has performed at such a high level for a longer period of time.

But since JJ’s rookie season in 2006, he ranks up there with the best in the game in winning percentage.

In fact, since 2006, Halladay is fourth in the big leagues with a .683 winning percentage, while Johnson is fifth with a .676 percentage.

The difference between the two is number of starts. Johnson missed substantial time in 2007 and half of 2008 due to Tommy John ligament repairment surgery.

Halladay is 95-44 with a 2.93 ERA since 2006, while JJ is 48-23 with a 2.99 ERA. Opponents are hitting .239 off Johnson, compared to .250 against Halladay.

What separates Halladay from the rest of the field is his ability to finish what he starts. Halladay has 40 complete games in 168 starts (since ’06), while JJ has made 110 starts with four complete games.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup Tuesday

MIAMI — The much anticipated Josh Johnson-Roy Halladay matchup is set for Tuesday night at Sun Life Stadium.

The Marlins are looking to bounce back after losing 6-4 to the Phillies on Monday in the series opener.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Bonifacio, LF

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Dobbs, 3B

Stanton, RF

Buck, C

Infante, 2B

Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

Coghlan returns to leadoff spot

MIAMI — Chris Coghlan is back in the leadoff spot a day after he flip-flopped in the order with Emilio Bonifacio.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez made the change on Monday for the series opener with the first-place Phillies at Sun Life Stadium.

Javier Vazquez will pitch for Florida, while Joe Blanton is going for Philadelphia.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Bonifacio, LF

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Stanton, RF

Dobbs, 3B

Buck, C

Infante, 2B

Vazquez, P

Joe Frisaro

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