May 2012

Marlins option Gaby Sanchez

CLEVELAND — After the Marlins 2-0 loss to the Indians on Saturday, the team optioned first baseman Gaby Sanchez to Triple-A New Orleans.

Sanchez is hitting .197 after going hitless in three at-bats on Saturday.

A corresponding move will be announced on Sunday. Chances are it will be outfielder Chris Coghlan.

Logan Morrison, Greg Dobbs and Austin Kearns are candidates to play first base.

Joe Frisaro

DL stint possible for Bonifacio

CLEVELAND — Emilio Bonifacio’s streak of 112 consecutive games is over. There is a strong possibility the Marlins’ center fielder could be headed to the disabled list.

Bonifacio sprained his left thumb while attempting to steal second base on Friday night. He was thrown out by catcher Carlos Santana.

“This is a very tough part of the body, especially when you’re trying to swing a bat,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “In my mind, I am waiting for the worst. If it comes, I’m prepared for that.”

On the play, Bonifacio’s left thumb jammed into second base. The momentum of the slide carried him past the bag. He was removed from the game, and Bryan Petersen is starting in center field on Saturday against the Indians at Progressive Field.

When the Marlins return to Miami on Monday, Bonifacio will be examined by team doctors. If he goes on the disabled list, Chris Coghlan is a likely choice to be called up from Triple-A New Orleans.

An MRI on Saturday revealed no breaks, and Bonifacio’s status will be updated after he is examined by Marlins physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan on Monday.

“I feel a little better,” Bonifacio said early Saturday afternoon.

The speedster, who has stolen 20 of 21 bases this year, said he had a little more movement in the thumb than he did on Friday night. There is still swelling he is dealing with.

Bonifacio slides head-first, and he said that is the first time he’s ever jammed his thumb on a base.

– Joe Frisaro

Bonifacio not in starting lineup

CLEVELAND — For the first time this year, Emilio Bonifacio is not in the starting lineup.

The Marlins center fielder sprained his left thumb in the fifth inning on Friday, and he was removed from the game. He was examined by a doctor on Saturday morning.

Bonifacio has a string of 112 straight games played, which is the third longest in the National League. Bryan Petersen is making the start in center field against the Indians at Progressive Field.

Anibal Sanchez will start for Miami, while Jeanmar Gomez will take the mound for Cleveland.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Infante, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Dobbs, RF

5) Stanton, DH

6) Morrison, LF

7) Sanchez, 1B

8) Petersen, CF

9) Buck, C

INDIANS

1) Choo, RF

2) Kipnis, 2B

3) Cabrera, SS

4) Hafner, DH

5) Santana, C

6) Brantley, CF

7) Lopez, 3B

8) Kotchman, 1B

9) Duncan, LF

Joe Frisaro

 

 

Bonifacio exits with left thumb sprain

CLEVELAND — Emilio Bonifacio has been one of the most durable and dependable Marlins in recent years.

The fleet-footed center fielder entered Friday having missed just two innings of Miami’s first 38 games. But in the top of the fifth inning against the Indians at Progressive Field, Bonifacio suffered a left thumb sprain after being caught stealing for the first time this year.

Bonifacio singled off Justin Masterson to open the inning. He attempted to steal second, but he was thrown out by catcher Carlos Santana. On his head-first slide, Bonifacio sprained his left thumb. He is listed as day to day.

In the bottom of the fifth, Bonifacio was replaced.

He slid head first on his steal attempt.

“It kind of hurts right now,” Bonifacio said. “We’ll just wait to see how it’s going to be tomorrow. Right now, I can’t move my hand. I can’t grip my bat.”

On Saturday morning, the center fielder will be examined by a doctor.

Bonifacio has played in 112 consecutive games, which is the third longest streak in the National League. Joey Votto (165) and Michael Bourn (129) have stretches that are longer.

Bonifacio had been successful in his first 20 steal attempts before Santana got him in the fifth. Dating to last year, Bonifacio had stolen 21 straight bags, which is a club record.

Joe Frisaro

Offense still searching for consistency

CLEVELAND — For most of the year, the Marlins have had their struggles scoring runs on a consistent basis.

It was the case on Thursday night, when they were blanked at Atlanta by Brandon Beachy, who threw a complete-game.

Miami was shut out for the fourth time this year, and first since April 27 against Arizona.

Even though the offense has had its ups and downs, May has been pretty productive at the plate for Miami.

In the month, the Marlins have scored 71 runs, which is tied with the Rockies for the fifth most by National League teams.

For the season, the Marlins have scored 144 runs, making them tied with the Reds for 10th in the NL in that category.

Gradually, the offense has been coming around. And manager Ozzie Guillen believes there is enough offense on the squad to challenge for a playoff spot.

“I think this lineup is pretty strong,” Guillen said. “I talk to every opposition manager, and I tell them, we’ve got to be patient. This ballclub will hit. I think this ballclub is built offensively to compete and to do some damage.”

But like the team saw in Atlanta, it offense has a tendency to be all or nothing. They scored 8 runs in Wednesday’s win, prior to be blanked on Thursday.

“We wish it was more consistent,” the Miami manager said.

Joe Frisaro

 

 

LoMo gets start at DH

CLEVELAND — The Marlins open their Interleague schedule on Friday with the first of three against the Indians at Progressive Field.

Playing by American League rules, the Marlins will use a designated hitter for the first time this year. Manager Ozzie Guillen has opted to give Logan Morrison’s legs a breather. So instead of playing left field, Morrison is staying in the lineup as the DH against Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson.

Greg Dobbs is getting the start at first base. Miami will have five hitters who will face Masterson from the left side, including switch-hitters, Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio.

Carlos Zambrano will pitch for Miami.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Infante, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Dobbs, 1B

5) Stanton, RF

6) Morrison, DH

7) Bonifacio, CF

8) Buck, C

9) Petersen, LF

Joe Frisaro

 

 

Nolasco goes for franchise record

Ricky Nolasco will give it another try to become the Marlins’ all-time leader in victories.

The right-hander is tied with Dontrelle Willis with 68. In Nolasco’s last outing, he suffered a loss to the Mets.

Nolasco takes the mound on Thursday night at Atlanta. The Marlins seek a two-game sweep over the Braves at Turner Field

Due to a conflict with the NBA playoffs, the game will air on radio station Majic 102.7 FM, instead of 790 The Ticket.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Infante, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Morrison, LF

5) Stanton, RF

6) Sanchez, 1B

7) Bonifacio, CF

8) Hayes, C

9) Nolasco, P

Joe Frisaro

 

Reyes steals home for first time

A four-time All-Star, Jose Reyes has been one of the most exciting players in the game since he broke in as a rookie with the Mets in 2003.

He’s a prototypical leadoff batter who makes things happen on the bases.

Running, obviously, is a big part of his game. It’s reflected in his career stolen base numbers.

On Wednesday night, Reyes collected his 380th career steal. For all of his steals, what he did on Wednesday was a first. Reyes stole home.

It was a part of a double steal in the fifth inning. With runners on the corners, Omar Infante took off for second. When Atlanta catcher Brian McCann’s throw to second cleared the pitcher, Reyes raced home. Infante was safe at second, and Reyes’ swipe tag at the plate easily beat the return throw from second baseman Dan Uggla.

Reyes is the first Marlin to steal home since Cody Ross did it (also as part of a double steal) on May 10, 2010 at the Cubs.

The only other current Miami player to have stolen home in his career is Austin Kearns, who did it on June 12, 2003.

The Marlins pace the Majors with 44 steals, followed by Oakland’s 38.

Miami also has the highest stolen base percentage, 86.3.

In their history, the Marlins have stolen home 11 times. Preston Wilson is the only player to do it twice.

Marlins to steal home

Jose Reyes 2012

Cody Ross 2010

Dan Uggla 2006

Reggie Abercrombine 2006

Juan Pierre 2004

Andy Fox 2002

Preston Wilson 2001

Preston Wilson 2000

Mark Kotsay 2000

Derrek Lee 1998

Gary Sheffield 1996

– Joe Frisaro

JJ gets back on the winning track

MIAMI — Seeing what the rest of the rotation has been doing served as motivation for Josh Johnson.

On Tuesday night, the Marlins’ two-time All-Star finally was rewarded. He got into the win column for the first time in 13 months.

Miami defeated the Pirates, 6-2, at Marlins Park with Johnson (1-3) picking up his first victory since also beating Pittsburgh on April 19, 2011.

JJ gave up two runs in seven innings, striking out six.

As a rotation, the Marlins have 28 quality starts, which is tied with the Phillies for the most in the Majors.

“I just want to be part of it,” Johnson said. “What they’re doing is incredible. I want to be part of it, and do what they’re doing. Keep rolling into the next start.”

Johnson actually was one strike away from winning his first game a week ago at Houston. In a May 9 start at Minute Maid Park, the right-hander also gave up two runs in seven innings with six strikeouts. The Marlins led in the ninth inning, and Steve Cishek had two strikes and two outs before surrendering the tying single. The Marlins did win that day in extra innings.

Johnson credits his curveball for helping him get through Tuesday’s start. His slider, which has been outstanding in the past, wasn’t as sharp against the Pirates.

The radar readings at Marlins Park were down on Tuesday, and there were no velocity readings on MLB.com’s GameDay tracker.

But, according to evaluators at the game, Johnson’s velocity was in the 91-94 mph range, which is where he has been consistently all year.

The stretch the Marlins’ starters are going through, Johnson said, is the most impressive since he joined the rotation in 2006. There was a period in ’06 when all the starters began to click. That year, the team rebounded from being 20 games under to having a winning record for a short time in September.

Four of the five starters during that time were rookies — Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Scott Olsen. Dontrelle Willis was the veteran.

“Maybe in ’06 we had a good little stretch when we were 20 under, and we were able to turn it around,” Johnson said. “I think this is better. Guys are working deeper into games. Every one of us can go out there and throw a complete game. It’s fun to watch.”

Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

JJ looks to get back in win column

MIAMI — In his last start, Josh Johnson was one pitch away from collecting his first victory. Instead, he ended up with a no-decision at Houston in a game the Marlins eventually won in extra innings.

Johnson gave up two runs in seven innings.

On Tuesday night, the right-hander seeks his first win since April 19, 2011. That win was against the Pirates, the same team he beat last April.

The Marlins on Tuesday seek to gain a two-game split with Pittsburgh at Marlins Park. It’s the finale of a five-game homestand.

Kevin Correia gets the start for the Pirates.

Due to a conflict with the NBA playoffs, the Marlins game tonight will air on Majic 102.7 FM, and not 790 The Ticket.

MARLINS

1) Reyes, SS

2) Infante, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Morrison, LF

5) Stanton, RF

6) Dobbs, 1B

7) Bonifacio, CF

8) Buck, C

9) Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

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