June 2011

JJ to be further evaluated

MIAMI — As a precaution, Marlins ace Josh Johnson will have his right shoulder examined by a physician on Wednesday.

The two-time All-Star, who is on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, resumed throwing off the mound on June 17. He has continued tossing in side bullpen sessions every couple of days since.

To make sure there aren’t any complications with his shoulder, the 27-year-old right-hander will get another medical opinion.

Johnson is eligible to be reinstated off the 60-day disabled list on July 16, during the Marlins series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The team has been hopeful the 6-foot-7 right-hander will be ready by that series.

Johnson has dealt with some shoulder tightness since Spring Training, but it didn’t give him significant discomfort until his start on May 16 against the Mets at Citi Field. In that game, Johnson’s velocity, which typically is in the 95-96 mph range, dipped to 90-91.

Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 21, retroactive to May 17. On June 15, the 27-year-old was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He recently had an ultrasound taken on his right knee.

Before going on the disabled list, Johnson made nine starts and the right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.

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Anibal looks for seventh win

SEATTLE — The top of the order produced three runs in the first inning on Saturday night, so Marlins manager Jack McKeon is sticking with the same group on Sunday.

After claiming a 4-2 win over the Mariners on Saturday, McKeon once again is going with Emilio Bonifacio leading off and playing left field in place of Logan Morrison. Dewayne Wise is playing center field.

Anibal Sanchez gets the start, and the right-hander looks for his seventh win. His last victory was on June 10.

In his last two starts, Sanchez certainly was deserving of wins, but he settled for no-decisions.

Morrison was out of the lineup on Saturday against lefty Jason Vargas. On Sunday, Seattle is going with right-hander Doug Fister.


Bonifacio LF

Infante 2B

G. Sanchez 1B

Ramirez SS

Dobbs 3B

Stanton RF

Wise CF

Hayes C

A. Sanchez P

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Worst June ever for Marlins

SEATTLE — Just how rough a month has it been for the Marlins?

After losing 5-1 to the Mariners on Friday night, Florida fell to 2-21 in June. Never before in any month has the team lost as many as 21 games.

Not only are the Marlins enduring their worst June ever, they are doing so by a wide margin.

In every season since their inaugural 1993 campaign, the Marlins have won at least 11 games in June, until now.

Here’s a breakdown of the Marlins’ all-time records in June:

2006: 18-7
1997: 17-11
2009: 17-11
2001: 16-13
2003: 16-11
2002: 15-11
2000: 15-11
1995: 13-13
2005: 13-14
1993: 13-14
1998: 12-15
2008: 12-16
1996: 12-14
1994: 12-15
2007: 11-16
2010: 11-15
2004: 11-16
1999: 11-16
2011: 2-21

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Lineup shakeup for Saturday

SEATTLE — With the Mariners going with lefty Jason Vargas, Marlins manager Jack McKeon has loaded up the lineup with right-handed bats.

Lefty hitting Logan Morrison and Greg Dobbs were not in the lineup on Saturday in the second of three games with Seattle at Safeco Field.

Aside from switch-hitting Emilio Bonifacio, Dewayne Wise is the only lefty bat getting a start.


Bonifacio LF

Infante 2B

Sanchez 1B

Ramirez SS

Stanton RF

Buck C

Helms 3B

Wise CF

Volstad P

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Home away from home

SEATTLE — A rarity will take place on Friday night at Safeco Field. Pitchers will bat in an American League park.

Due to the scheduling change, the Marlins will be the home team at Safeco Field for their three-game set with the Mariners.

Ricky Nolasco takes the mound in the first of three, while Seattle goes with Felix Hernandez.

National League rules will apply, so the pitchers will bat.


Bonifacio CF

Morrison LF

Sanchez 1B

Ramirez SS

Dobbs 3B

Stanton RF

Buck C

Infante 2B

Nolasco P

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Edwin issues statement

ST. PETERSBURG — Edwin Rodriguez on Sunday morning issued a statement on why he made his decision.

“This morning I offered my resignation to Larry Beinfest and the Marlins, and they accepted.  I am grateful for the opportunity the Marlins gave me to manage at this level.  It was a very hard decision for me to make, with the positive way the organization is moving; a new ballpark next season and the young core of players that this team has.  I can’t say enough about the effort that this staff
and these players have put into this season.  I could tell that they continued to give 100% effort each and every day on the field.  I wish this organization, staff and players nothing but success in their futures.”

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Stanton scratched with eye infection

ST. PETERSBURG — Mike Stanton was scratched from the lineup on Saturday night due to a right eye infection.

The 21-year-old Marlins right fielder took batting practice, but afterwards, he spoke with manager Edwin Rodriguez.

Stanton was set to be the designated hitter against the Rays, but he was replaced by Jose Lopez.

The eye issue has bothered him for at least a few days.

“After BP, I talked with him,” Rodriguez said. “He said that his right eye was bothering him. Seeing the ball was a little bit blurry. He’s not 100 percent, especially the middle-away pitch.”

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Hanley batting sixth

ST. PETERSBURG — Willing to try anything to generate some offense, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is leading off Dewayne Wise, while Hanley Ramirez has dropped to sixth in the lineup.

Saturday marks the second time in Ramirez’s career that he’s started a game in the six hole. He previously hit there on Aug. 4, 2006. He has four lifetime at-bats in three games while hitting sixth.

The Marlins have been limited to one run in their last two games, and they have lost eight straight heading into Saturday night against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Wise had two hits while batting ninth on Friday night.

The Marlins lineup for Saturday is: Wise (CF), Emilio Bonifacio (RF), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Greg Dobbs (3B), Mike Stanton (DH), John Buck (C), Omar Infante (2B).

Ricky Nolasco takes the mound in hopes of ending the Marlins’ losing streak.

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Coghlan optioned to Triple-A

ST. PETERSBURG — In a surprise move, the Marlins optioned center fielder Chris Coghlan to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday and selected the contract of Dewayne Wise.

Coghlan, the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, has struggled with a .230 batting average and .296 on-base percentage.

Wise, who was in Spring Training with the Marlins, was 3-for-9 for New Orleans.

To make roster room for Wise, lefty reliever Dustin Richardson was designated for assigment. Richardson was obtained in trade with Boston for Andrew Miller in the offseason.

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Hanley has Edwin’s back

PHILADELPHIA — In times of trouble, people point fingers, looking to place blame.

The Marlins are in a tailspin, having lost six straight.

As rough as things have been, shortstop Hanley Ramirez says no one should be getting on manager Edwin Rodriguez.

“I’m on his side,” Ramirez said. “I’ve got his back, till the death, man.”

The Marlins entered Thursday 1-14 in the month of June. A week ago, the Marlins made a coaching change when they replaced hitting coach John Mallee with Eduardo Perez. Right now, the club has dropped into a last-place tie with Washington in the NL East.

“Everything he is doing is good for the team,” Ramirez said. “I’m never complaining about anything he does. He’s a pretty good guy and a pretty good manager. He’s smart.”

Ramirez says when times are good, the players get the credit. And when they’re bad, the manager and staff take the blame.

“When we do good, people look at us,” Ramirez said. “It’s us, they say. When the team wins, everybody wants to give credit to the players. When we don’t, everybody wants [to blame] the manager. That’s not the way it is.”

Ramirez notes that he has no problem with being asked to lead off after he hit third for most of the past three seasons.

“I’m on his side,” the shortstop said. “Whatever he wants to do, I’m all for. He’s the best guy we ever had here. He lets you play. We’re going through things where everything is going bad right now. But he’s there for you.”

Rodriguez says he isn’t worried about his job security. At age 50, he says he is in a “win-win” situation. Because if he is dismissed, he can spend time with his family in Puerto Rico. But he clearly wants to remain the manager.

“To be honest, it’s a win-win situation. Of course I want to be here. It’s a challenge for me,” Rodriguez said. “Of course I want to be here, but either way.

“I saw the firing of Mallee coming. I was more worried about Mallee. The way I see it, Mallee’s career is just starting right now, as a big leaguer. For me, before they called me last year, I felt fine with my career.”

A message Rodriguez is giving his team is to play hard, regardless of the score or situation.

Before the Marlins faced the Phillies on Thursday afternoon, Rodriguez held a team meeting.

“I’m going to pull anybody that is dragging,” the manager said. “I’m don’t want anybody dragging out there.

“Everybody expects us to go through the motions, it’s not going to happen.”

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