June 2012

Hanley shaken up in BP, scratched from lineup

ST. PETERSBURG — Hanley Ramirez was struck on the nose by a ball that deflected off a screen during batting practice before the Marlins faced the Rays on Friday night.

In the cages, a batted ball plunked the Marlins third baseman in the nose, which was bloodied and swollen.

A dazed Ramirez was removed from the lineup. Donovan Solano was inserted into the lineup, playing third base and batting second.

Ramirez is expected to be fine. He’s being examined by the doctor.

Chances are he will be ready for Saturday.

Joe Frisaro


Marlins shakeup lineup vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Coming off a 1-8 homestand, the Marlins have shaken up the lineup.

Miami was outscored 56-17 in their worst stretch at Marlins Park.

On Friday night, the Marlins draw a tough assignment against the Rays, and left-hander Matt Moore.

Carlos Zambrano will get the start for Miami. Austin Kearns will be the designated hitter.


1) Reyes, SS

2) Ramirez, 3B

3) Stanton, RF

4) Morrison, LF

5) Infante, 2B

6) Ruggiano, CF

7) Kearns, DH

8) Sanchez, 1B

9) Buck, C

Joe Frisaro



Submit questions for inbox column

ST. PETERSBURG — The next Marlins inbox column will be running on Monday.

If fans have any questions they want me to answer, please submit in the next few days. There is plenty to discuss.

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Joe Frisaro


Cousins expected to get called up

ST. PETERSBURG — With Emilio Bonifacio expected to be out until about the All-Star Break, the Marlins have been looking for a center field option to step up.

Chris Coghlan was given an opportunity, but with a .140 average, the Marlins on Wednesday night optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans. Coghlan was in an 0-for-16 slump at the time he was sent down.

No official announcement has been made regarding who will be called up. But it is expected to be Scott Cousins, who will get his first big league opportunity this season.

The 27-year-old is a left-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions. He has one of the strongest arms for an outfielder in the organization.

At New Orleans, Cousins batted .292 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 50 games.

Cousins has appeared in 75 big league games, including 48 in 2011. His collision at home plate with Buster Posey of the Giants last May 25 became a national story. On June 14, 2011, Cousins went on the disabled list with a lower back strain.

Cousins was in the mix for a backup outfield spot in Spring Training, but he was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on March 23.

In 89 career MLB at-bats, Cousins has a .202 aerage with one home run and six RBIs.

Justin Ruggiano is expected to get plenty of playing time in center field.

Joe Frisaro


Marlins option Coghlan after latest loss

MIAMI — The Marlins optioned outfielder Chris Coghlan to Triple-A New Orleans after suffering a 10-2 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Coghlan, who didn’t start on Wednesday, is hitting .140 in 93 at-bats. He had been in an 0-for-16 slump since collecting two hits at Philadelphia on June 3.

The Marlins did not announce who will be joining the team when they open their three-game set at Tampa Bay on Friday.

A possibility is Scott Cousins, who has had a solid season at New Orleans. Cousins is batting .292 in 50 games. A left-handed hitter, Cousins has seven home runs and 32 RBIs.

He had two at-bats for New Orleans on Wednesday. In his last 10 games, Cousins is batting .371.

Bryan Petersen does not appear to be a choice, because he was optioned to Triple-A on June 8. Barring a player going on the disabled list, teams have to wait 10 days to recall a player after he is sent down.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins missing Bonifacio’s energy

MIAMI — The stitches in Emilio Bonifacio’s left thumb were removed on Tuesday. In 10 days, the Marlins center fielder will be re-evaluated, and best case scenario is he will be back before the All-Star Game.

Bonifacio went on the disabled list on May 20 and he had surgery on May 25 to repair ligament damage to his left thumb.

One of the most popular players on the team, Bonifacio offers the club energy and excitement. It was Bonifacio who started the “lo viste” (Spanish for, ‘see that?’) signal that has caught on with the entire club.

Bonifacio had lo viste t-shirts made up. And the players flash the lo viste sign (a sideways peace sign over one eye) whenever they do something impressive.

“We miss his speed and we miss his toughness, but we’ve won more games without him,” manager Ozzie Guillen said joking. “That kid is a spark for the ballclub. He gets everybody going, makes everybody ready to go. Of course, we miss him. We miss his glove in the outfield. We miss his speed on the bases. We miss his energy.

“We miss his ‘lo vistes,’ lately we don’t ‘lo viste.’ I think we look like pirates with one eye. The ‘lo viste’ has not been doing well. Of course, he’s in our plans. He’s the big guy in my plans about how we’re going to play. Hopefully, he will be back before he should be, but we have to take our time with him.”

All-Star week is July 9-12.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins look to take series on Tuesday

MIAMI  — After snapping their six-game losing streak on Monday, the Marlins are in position to take the series with Boston.

Miami sends Mark Buehrle to the mound on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

On Monday, behind Josh Johnson’s seven strong innings, the Marlins won 4-1.

Omar Infante is back in the starting lineup after getting a breather on Monday.


1) Reyes, SS

2) Infante, 2B

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Stanton, RF

5) Morrison, LF

6) Sanchez, 1B

7) Coghlan, CF

8) Buck, C

9) Buehrle, P

Joe Frisaro


Marlins riding out the tough time

MIAMI — Ups and downs are expected over a long season. Marlins management is hoping it’s not a trend.

“State of the team,” Marlins president David Samson said. “We hope it’s not April off, May on, June off. But it’s too early to say that. We weren’t hitting, and the pitching has been holding us in so many tight games, where they weren’t getting support. When the pitching has a hiccup and you’re not hitting, you’re going to have a problem.”

The team isn’t rushing to any conclusions.

Manager Ozzie Guillen is giving the players every chance to play through their dryspells. The decision to bring Gaby Sanchez back from Triple-A New Orleans, prompted Logan Morrison to return to left field. That was their respective positions on Opening Day.

“Ozzie is completely confident, and we all are completely confident, obviously,” Samson said. “We wanted Gaby back up because we’re a better team with Gaby at first and Logan in left field. That’s the team we built to play. The time had come and we did it.”

Joe Frisaro

Cody! Cody! Cody! is back in Miami

MIAMI — Cody Ross, one of the most popular former Marlins, was back in Miami on Monday night as a member of the Red Sox.

Ross is on the DL with a broken bone in his left foot. Soon, he will be playing rehab games and he could be reinstated when the Marlins are at Fenway Park on June 19.

Ross took batting practice on Monday at Marlins Park, and he crushed some balls onto the concourse.

There are a couple of Cody Ross bobbleheads on display at the Bobblehead Museum at Marlins Park. One of them is of him during his days with the Marlins (2006-10). Before Monday’s game, Ross signed the bobblehead of him doing his trademark home run hop. The bobblehead was when the veteran outfielder was playing in San Francisco.

Before Monday’s game, Cody Ross signed the hat of his HR hop bobblehead.



— Joe Frisaro


Beckett vs. JJ in series opener

MIAMI — The Marlins are looking to snap a six-game slide, and their draw a tough assignment on Monday night at Marlins Park.

Bobblehead of Josh Beckett when he was with the Marlins.

Josh Beckett, the 2003 World Series MVP for the Marlins, will start for the Red Sox. Miami counters with Josh Johnson.


1) Podsednik LF

2) Pedroia 2B

3) Gonzalez RF

4) Ortiz 1B

5) Saltalamacchia C

6) Youkilis 3B

7) Sweeney CF

8) Aviles SS

9) Beckett P


1) Reyes SS

2) Solano 2B

3) Ramirez 3B

4) Stanton RF

5) Morrison LF

6) Sanchez 1B

7) Coghlan CF

8) Buck C

9) Johnson P

Joe Frisaro