May 2011

Marlins look to bounce back

MIAMI — Having lost back-to-back games for the first time since April 11-12, the Marlins are looking to rebound on Saturday with Chris Volstad taking the mound against the Nationals.

The Marlins have not lost three straight this year.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Bonifacio, LF

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Stanton, RF

Buck, C

Helms, 3B

Infante, 2B

Volstad, P

Joe Frisaro

Hensley to DL, Badenhop called up

MIAMI — The Marlins on Saturday have placed setup reliever Clay Hensley on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib contusion, and recalled right-hander Burke Badenhop from Triple-A New Orleans.

Hensley, who pitched 1/3 of an inning on Friday, has been dealing with discomfort in his left shoulder blade area and rib cage for about a week. The right-hander slipped at the team hotel when the team was in Cincinnati, and he’s been trying to pitch through some discomfort.

Badenhop appeared in 11 games for New Orleans, posting a 1-1 record with a 6.75 ERA.

Joe Frisaro

Dobbs exits in 7th inning

ST. LOUIS — The Marlins are having bad luck at the hot corner.

Greg Dobbs, who has been getting a majority of the playing time at third base, was removed from Thursday’s game in the seventh inning due to discomfort in his lower right leg. Initially, it was called a right ankle strain. But Dobbs said after the Marlins’ 6-3 loss to the Cardinals that he felt tightness in his lower right leg, above the ankle.

The veteran is listed as day to day, and he is planning on playing Friday night against the Nationals at Sun Life Stadium.

Dobbs delivered the Marlins’ first hit on Thursday, a single off St. Louis’ Jake Westbrook, who hadn’t allowed a baserunner in 4 2/3 innings.

Wes Helms replaced Dobbs in the bottom of the seventh.

Donnie Murphy was the Marlins Opening Day starter at third base, but he is on the disabled list with right wrist inflammation.

Dobbs is batting .316 on the season with two homers and 10 RBIs.

Joe Frisaro

JJ goes for fourth win

ST. LOUIS — By pulling out an 8-7 win on Wednesday night, the Marlins guaranteed themselves a winning road trip. Now, they look to take three games in St. Louis for the first time since 1992, when they were 4-2 over two road trips.

Josh Johnson takes the mound with his MLB-leading 0.88 ERA. Jake Westbrook is starting for the Cardinals.

Florida is 4-2 on the road swing that started in Cincinnati.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Bonifacio, LF

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Stanton, RF

Dobbs, 3B

Buck, C

Infante, 2B

Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

Bonifacio hitting second

ST. LOUIS — Riding a six-game hitting streak, Emilio Bonifacio has moved up into the second spot for the Marlins on Wednesday night against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

For the first time this season, Omar Infante has slid down in the order. The second baseman is in a 1-for-14 rut, while Bonifacio is 9-for-23 in his six-game streak.

The Marlins are 3-2 on their road trip, and they are 1-1 in their four-game set at St. Louis.

Javier Vazquez gets the start, while the Cardinals are going with Chris Carpenter.

MARLINS

Coghlan, CF

Bonifacio, LF

Ramirez, SS

Sanchez, 1B

Stanton, RF

Dobbs, 3B

Infante, 2B

Hayes, C

Vazquez, P

Joe Frisaro

LoMo making progress

ST. LOUIS — As the Marlins take on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Logan Morrison continues his recovery process from a strained left arch back in South Florida.

Morrison is working out at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter. The other day he was re-examined by doctors, who have cleared him to do more baseball activities.

In the past couple of days, Morrison has taken swings in the batting cages, and he’s done some light running. On Wednesday, he is expected to take batting practice on the field.

The Marlins return home to face the Nationals on Friday, and Morrison is scheduled to do pregame workouts with the team.

Before being reinstated off the disabled list, Morrison will play in some rehab assignment games, which could begin early next week.

Joe Frisaro

Radio change for Tuesday

ST. LOUIS — Due to overlapping with the NBA playoffs, Tuesday’s Marlins game against the Cardinals will air on radio station, WHIM 1080 AM.

The Marlins game begins at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Normally, the Marlins’ English language broadcasts are on 790 The Ticket.

The Marlins and the Miami Heat each make 790 The Ticket their flagship station. In the regular season, the Marlins had priority over the Heat, but in the NBA playoffs, the Heat have radio priority with 790 The Ticket.

The Heat are facing the Boston Celtics.

The Marlins send Anibal Sanchez to the mound on Tuesday night as they look to improve on their already impressive road trip, where they are 3-1 after winning, 6-5, on Monday.

Joe Frisaro

Murphy on DL, Petersen called up

ST. LOUIS — The Marlins placed infielder Donnie Murphy on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and recalled outfielder Bryan Petersen from Triple-A New Orleans.

Murphy, who opened the season as the starting third baseman, is on the DL, retroactive to April 30, with right wrist inflammation. Murphy dislocated the same wrist last September, and he underwent surgery. Also this season he has dealt with a bone bruise to his left knee.

Petersen will be available for the four-game series at St. Louis beginning on Monday.

A left-handed hitter, Petersen is batting .342 with three homers, seven doubles and 10 RBIs at Triple-A New Orleans.

Petersen was not in New Orleans’ lineup on Sunday in their 10-7 win over Oklahoma City.

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Petersen called up?

ST. LOUIS — The Marlins are expected to add outfielder Bryan Petersen to their roster on Monday when they open a four-game series with the Cardinals.

A left-handed hitter, Petersen is batting .342 with three homers, seven doubles and 10 RBIs at Triple-A New Orleans.

Petersen was not in New Orleans’ lineup on Sunday in their 10-7 win over Oklahoma City.

It is not yet known who Petersen will be replacing on the roster.

Joe Frisaro

JJ’s historical, yet frustrating April

What Josh Johnson accomplished in April is simply historical. It also is a bit baffling and frustrating, because despite being so dominant, the Marlins’ right-hander doesn’t have much to show for it.

The Marlins inability to hold a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth inning on Saturday night is the latest example of the team wasting a superior JJ performance. The Reds rallied for three runs, all with two outs and no one on in the eighth to tie the game. They eventually won, 4-3, in 10 innings.

Johnson scattered five hits in seven shutout innings. The hard-throwing right-hander set an MLB standard by allowing 18 hits in 42 innings before May 1. It’s the fewest hits allowed (with a minimum of 40 innings) in the modern era, which began in 1900.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous mark was 19 by Nolan Ryan in 1978 in 41 innings.

Considering he has an 0.88 ERA, Johnson still has just three wins to start the season. In each of his last two starts, he exited with a multi-run lead but the bullpen was unable to secure him the victory.

This is where the frustration sets in because JJ is part of more history.

In the last 40 seasons, there are only five pitchers who have had sub-1.00 ERAs through six starts, but only had three or fewer wins to show for it. They all had exactly three wins.

According to Elias, they are:

2011 Josh Johnson         0.88
2002 Al Leiter            0.92
1989 Mike Morgan          0.85
1985 Fernando Valenzuela  0.87
1981 Bob Knepper          0.99

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