March 2012

Marlins make series of moves

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins made a series roster moves before facing the Mets on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium.

The team optioned right-handers Chris Hatcher and Omar Poveda to Triple-A New Orleans. Optioned RHP Arquimedes Caminero to Class A Jupiter.

Reassigned left-handers Jose Alvarez and Rob Rasmussen and right-handers Corey Madden and A.J. Ramos, and catcher Jake Jefferies to Minor League camp.

Joe Frisaro

 

Reyes in lineup vs. Mets

JUPITER, Fla. — Jose Reyes is in the lneup against his former team.

After two straight days off, Reyes is back leading off and playing shortstop for the Marlins on Thursday against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

Josh Johnson will make making the start for Miami.

The Marlins are still dealing with some nagging ailments. Logan Morrison still has some swelling in his right knee. While he is doing some drills, he listed as day-to-day, but it sounds like he will be a few more days.

Giancarlo Stanton continues to be dealing with a sore left wrist after being hit by a pitch on Sunday against the Mets at Port St. Lucie.

For the first time, Marlins pitchers are batting after the team used the designated hitter.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Bonifacio, CF

3) Infante, 2B

4) Buck, C

5) Cousins, RF

6) Tiffee, 1B

7) M. Dominguez, 3B

8) Coghlan, LF

9) Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

Dobbs has slight hamstring tear

The Marlins will be without Greg Dobbs for at least a week.

An MRI taken on Tuesday revealed a partial tear in Dobbs’ left hamstring.

Manaer Ozzie Guillen told reporters before the Marlins faced the Rays in Port Charlotte that Dobbs will miss at least a week.

“We’re making sure, he could’ve played a little bit, but he’s not going to play the way he should be playing,” Guillen said Wednesday morning. “So we’re going to shut it off for a couple days, maybe more than a week.”

Dobbs is a valuable left-handed bat off the bench, as well as an option at third and first base.

Joe Frisaro

 

Anibal set for first spring start

Keep a close eye on Anibal Sanchez today.

The Marlins right-hander will make his first Grapefruit League start on Wednesday against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

It’s a big outing because Sanchez has been nursing a sore right shoulder since the first few days of Spring Training. If all goes well, he is lined up to make four Grapefruit League starts before Opening Day. Most likely, he also will pitch in a Minor League game at the end of camp, which would keep him in line to be either the fourth or fifth starter.

MARLINS

1) Mattison, CF

2) Murphy, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) G. Sanchez, 1B

5) Kearns, DH

6) Petersen, LF

7) Rowand, RF

8) Hayes, C

9) Solano, SS

Joe Frisaro

 

Ice cream! Heath Bell ice cream, here!

You don’t have to remind Marlins closer Heath Bell that baseball is a game.

Sure, it’s serious business when the hard-throwing right-hander is trying to lock down the final outs in the ninth inning. But Bell also understands that he is part of another kind of business — the entertainment business.

Like last year, when Bell decided to slide into the mound when he was called upon at the All-Star Game. It’s all done in good fun.

So it’s easy to see why Bell was amused and excited to get a special t-shirt in the mail the other day.

Bell received a “Heath Bell Ice Cream” t-shirt. No, Bell isn’t in the ice cream business. He’s just the focus of someone being creative, and looking to sell a few t-shirts.

On Twitter, @HeathBell21, he tweeted: “I love ice cream and sliding into the mound last year was pretty awesome. So this T-shirt is pretty sweet.”

A self-proclaimed big kid, Bell had no problems putting on the shirt and posing for pictures to the Marlins’ beat reporters.

If you Google search, “Heath Bell ice cream” you will get more info on how to get your very own shirt, the one just like the real Heath Bell is wearing.

Joe Frisaro

Reyes says Ozzie has his players’ backs

JUPITER, Fla. — Ozzie Guillen’s ejection on Monday garnered plenty of attention, especially since it was televised on ESPN. It also has the Marlins players taking notice.

“He just wants to protect his players,” four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes said. “That’s good to see, when you see your manager fights for your team. That motivates us as players.”

Guillen was tossed on Monday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers after he forcefully argued a foul-ball ruling down the first base line.

On Tuesday against the Braves at Roger Dean Stadium, the high-energy Miami manager again found himself in a dispute with umpires over a similar foul ball ruling along the first base line. This time, Guillen better contained his emotions, and he avoided being ejected.

“When you have a manager who has your back, and he’s going to fight for you, that’s something you appreciate,” Reyes said. “You want to play even harder for that guy. That was cool what he did yesterday. That says a lot about Ozzie.”

Joe Frisaro

 

LoMo back in lineup as DH

JUPITER, Fla. — For the first time in a week, Logan Morrison is back in action.

The Marlins left fielder is scheduled to be the designated hitter on Tuesday against the Braves at Roger Dean Stadium. It’s Morrison’s first Grapefruit League game.

Morrison last played on March 6 against the University of Miami at Marlins Park. After that game, he experienced some soreness on his right knee. It’s the same knee that he had scoped in early December.

In recent days, Morrison shagged fly balls in the outfield during batting practice. He won’t be traveling to Port Charlotte on Wednesday, but he hopes to be in the lineup on Thursday against the Mets.

Morrison is confident he will be ready for Opening Day.

Carlos Zambrano is pitching for the Marlins on Tuesday.

MARLINS vs. BRAVES, Tuesday

1) Cousins, RF

2) Murphy, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Morrison, DH

5) Sanchez, 1B

6) Buck, C

7) Rowand, CF

8) Petersen, LF

9) Green, SS

MARLINS at RAYS, Wednesday at Port Charlotte

1) Mattison, CF

2) Murphy, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Sanchez, 1B

5) Kearns, DH

6) Petersen, LF

7) Rowand, RF

8) Hayes, C

9) Solano, SS

Anibal Sanchez will make his first spring start.

Joe Frisaro

Coghlan gets start vs. Red Sox

Chris Coghlan, who had a pinch-hit RBI on Sunday, is in the starting lineup on Monday for Miami against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

The game is being televised on ESPN.

Coghlan tweaked his back the other day, but missed only two days. The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year is striving to win a roster spot.

The Marlins are starting Ricky Nolasco, their No. 3 starter. Josh Beckett is taking the mound for Boston.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Bonifacio, CF

3) Infante, 2B

4) Kearns, RF

5) Rowand, DH

6) Coghlan, LF

7) Tiffee, 1B

8) Dominguez, 3B

9) Hayes, C

Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley, so far, passing test at third

Becoming an average to above average third baseman is going to take some time for Hanley Ramirez.

The Marlins know that, and they’re making sure the three-time All-Star knows that.

Every day Ramirez is out there, working hard and preparing, is a positive step, according to manager Ozzie Guillen.

“As every day goes by, I’ll be very pleased with Hanley at third base, no matter if he’s making errors or not,” Guillen said. “Hanley is going to have a tough time at third base. Hopefully, not that many days. I don’t expect Hanley to go out there and be Robin Ventura.”

Ventura, now the White Sox manager, was a top-flight defensive third baseman in his playing days.

To his credit, Ramirez is highly motivated in camp, fielding his position daily well before the first pitch of a game is thrown.

“I talked to him about it,” Guillen said. “I said, ‘Hey, you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to make errors. Try to put them away and get ready for the next ground ball. Let me handle the errors.”

On Sunday, Ramirez was tested a couple of times in the field during the Marlins’ 4-2 win over the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

He made a nice backhanded stop for one out. And he was helped turn a 5-4-3 double play. The double play, though, was tricky, because it was a hit-and-run situation. Ramirez threw to second for the force out, but barely.

“You’ve got to make an adjustment,” Guillen said. “That was a hit-and-run. I don’t think it was a great decision.”

It was a decision that panned out, but it also was the first time Ramirez had to deal with making a split-second decision on which base to throw to since he was switched from shortstop to third.

Working in Ramirez’s favor is the fact he knows the game.

“He’s got great baseball instincts,” Guillen said. “When you’ve got great baseball instincts, the game comes a little easier for you.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

X-rays negative, Stanton, Marlins relieved

JUPITER, Fla. — For now, the Marlins can breath a sigh of relief.

Giancarlo Stanton is going to be fine. X-rays taken late Sunday afternoon came back negative, and the 22-year-old should be back in action in a couple of days.

There was major concern when Stanton was struck on the left wrist by a Chris Schwinden fastball in the third inning on Sunday at Port St. Lucie.

The pitch by the Mets right-hander ran up and in on Stanton, who felt his wrist and hand lock upon impact.

Taking no chances, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen immediately lifted Stanton for a pinch-runner.

Stanton confirmed that he will be fine on his Twitter account. “All is good. Ready to go!” the slugger Tweeted Sunday night. “No worries my people.”

Stanton was initially set to travel to Fort Myers on Monday. Instead, he will remain in Jupiter for treatment, and not play the Red Sox.

– Joe Frisaro

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