April 2013

Stanton dealing with Grade 2 hamstring strain

MIAMI — An MRI taken on Tuesday revealed Giancarlo Stanton has a Grade 2 right hamstring strain that likely will keep the Marlins’ slugger out for more than his 15-day disabled list stint.

The Marlins are not setting a time line for Stanton’s return, but best case scenario would be three to four weeks.

“Time-frame wise, we don’t know,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He’s not going to do anything for about three days, and then he will start moving around and see how it is.”

Stanton sustained the injury in the 10th inning in Monday’s 4-3 win over the Mets in a game that lasted 15 innings.

While batting, Stanton tapped a grounder in front of the plate. Sprinting all-out in a tie game at the time, the 23-year-old pulled up as he crossed first base. He reached for his hamstring and stumbled to the ground.

After the 5-hour, 31-minute game, the Marlins announced Stanton was heading to the disabled list.

Joe Frisaro

Miami pitchers combined to strike out 16

MIAMI — Overlooked in the Marlins’ 4-3 win over the Mets in 15 innings on Monday night was the fact Miami pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts.

Seven different pitchers combined to reach the plateau.

Only 13 times in club history have the Marlins recorded as many as 16 strikeouts in a game. The team record is 22, set on July 6, 2005 against the Brewers in 12 innings.

Monday’s marathon lasted 5-hours, 31-minutes.

On Tuesday, the Marlins send Kevin Slowey to the mound in hopes of winning their first series of the season. Miami has won two straight for the first time this year.

Tuesday marks the MLB debut of outfield prospect Marcell Ozuna, called up from Double-A Jacksonville to fill the roster spot of Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

MARLINS TOP STRIKEOUT GAMES

7/6/05 vs. Milwaukee 22 (12 innings)
8/20/99 vs. Houston 21 (16)
8/28/07 vs. Atlanta 19 (11)
7/21/02 vs. Montreal 17 (9)
9/12/07 vs. Washington 17 (12)
5/6/11 vs. Washington 17 (10)
7/18/95 vs. San Francisco 16 (14)
6/8/98 vs. Toronto 16 (17)
8/1/07 vs. Colorado 16 (9)
9/22/09 vs. Philadelphia 16 (9)
9/30/09 vs. Atlanta 16 (9)
4/30/10 vs. Washington 16 (9)
4/29/13 vs. New York Mets 16 (15)

Marlins lineup

1) Pierre, LF
2) Solano, 2B
3) Polanco, 3B
4) Dobbs, 1B
5) Ruggiano, CF
6) Ozuna, RF
7) Olivo, C
8) Green, SS
9) Slowey, P

Joe Frisaro

Marlins look to snap slide

MIAMI — The Marlins have dropped the first two of their four-game series with the Cubs.

On Saturday night, Miami sends Alex Sanabia to the mound against Chicago lefty Travis Wood.

The Marlins are hitting .231 on the season vs. left-handed pitching.

Miami went a mostly right-handed hitting lineup.

MARLINS

1) Solano, 2B
2) Polanco, 3B
3) Stanton, RF
4) Kearns, LF
5) Ruggiano, CF
6) Mahoney, 1B
7) Olivo, C
8) Valaika, SS
9) Sanabia, P

Joe Frisaro

Marlins look to bounce back

MIAMI — After a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night, the Marlins look to even the four-game series on Friday at Marlins Park.

Wade LeBlanc (0-3, 6.27) seeks his first victory. The Cubs counter with right-hander Scott Feldman (0-3, 4.50).

Miami has struggled all month scoring runs. In fact, they have 57 total runs in 22 games. The fewest amount of runs the club has scored in April ever is 73, turned in a year ago.

CUBS

1) Sappelt, CF
2) Castro, SS
3) Rizzo, 1B
4) Soriano, LF
5) Castillo, C
6) Hairston, RF
7) Ransom, 3B
8) Barney, 2B
9) Feldman, P

MARLINS

1) Pierre, LF
2) Polanco, 3B
3) Stanton, RF
4) Mahoney, 1B
5) Solano, 2B
6) Brantly, C
7) Coghlan, CF
8) Valaika, SS
9) LeBlanc, P

Joe Frisaro

Hechavarria progressing, taking grounders

MIAMI — Adeiny Hechavarra could be a back in the lineup as early as a week.

The Marlins shortstop, placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 18 with a bruised right elbow, did some light infield work on Thursday.

“Hech, he’s going to take some ground balls and make some throws,” manager Mike Redmond said. “The plan is for him to play some games [in Jupiter].”

The club is hopeful that Hechavarria will be reinstated on May 2 at Philadelphia, the first day he is eligible to be reinstated.

“If everything goes well, we’re shooting for him to come off that day,” Redmond said.

Hechavarria fielded grounders and did some light throwing. He is a day or so away from hitting.

Henderson Alvarez, who opened the season on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, is throwing a 45-pitch simulated game on Saturday. The plan is throw him in games on May 2.

Nathan Eovaldi, also out all year with right shoulder inflammation, has started his long-toss progression. He was recently placed on the 60-day disabled list, so he won’t be available until mid-June, at the earliest.

First baseman Casey Kotchman, on the DL since Apirl 5 with a strained left hamstring, is still at least a few weeks away.

Catcher Jeff Mathis, broken right collarbone, could be playing in rehab assignment games as early as May 1.

First baseman Logan Morrison, right knee, could be playing in rehab assignment games on May 10.

Joe Frisaro

McKeon meets Bartman impersonator

Jack McKeon with Steve Bartman look-a-like at Greensboro game Wednesday. Photo was Tweeted by the Grasshoppers.

Jack McKeon with Steve Bartman look-a-like at Greensboro game Wednesday. Photo was Tweeted by the Grasshoppers.

MIAMI — The Marlins are opening a four-game series with the Cubs on Thursday at Marlins Park.

On Wednesday, the series was promoted a bit in Greensboro, N.C., of all places.

Miami’s Class A Greensboro affiliate celebrated Jack McKeon bobblehead night.

McKeon, the Marlins’ former manager who remains a special assistant with the organization, was at Greensboro to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Adding some levity to the evening, a Steve Bartman impersonator was part of the festivities.

The Greensboro team Tweeted out a picture of McKeon with the Bartman look-a-like, who was wearing a Cubs hat.

“He looked pretty good,” McKeon said of the Bartman double. “They had him with glasses and the Cubs’ cap. He did a pretty good imitation of him. It was a promotion. The Marlins are playing the Cubs.”

During his Minor League playing days, McKeon previously played for Greensboro, when it was a Red Sox affiliate.

“I played in Greensboro back in 1955. They had me with the old Red Sox uniform.”

Yes, the bobblehead came complete with a trademark McKeon cigar.

Marlins lineup Thursday

1) Pierre, LF
2) Polanco, 3B
3) Stanton, RF
4) Mahoney, 1B
5) Ruggiano, CF
6) Brantly, C
7) Valaika, SS
8) Solano, 2B
9) Slowey, P

Joe Frisaro

Ex-Tiger Below claimed by Marlins

MIAMI — Some left-handed pitching with big league experience is joining the Marlins’ organization.

On Thursday, Miami claimed lefty Duane Below off waivers from the Tigers, and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.

Detroit designated Below on Wednesday to make roster room for Jose Valverde.

Below, 27, threw 46 1/3 innings in 27 games with one start for the Tigers last year.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was 1-2 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts at Triple-A this season. in 25 2/3 innings, he has 15 strikeouts and four walks.

Below spent parts of 2011-12 in the big leagues, logging a total of 75 1/3 innings with a 4.06 ERA.

Joe Frisaro

Fernandez gets start in Game 1

MINNEAPOLIS — The Marlins have decided to flip their two starters for Tuesday’s day/night doubleheader.

Jose Fernandez is now getting the Game 1 start, which is set for 2:10 p.m. ET, while Ricky Nolasco will get the nod in the second game, which is slated for 8:10 p.m. ET.

Game 1 will be televised by FS Florida, while the second game is not televised.

MARLINS Game 1

1) Pierre, LF
2) Polanco, 3B
3) Stanton, RF
4) Dobbs, DH
5) Ruggiano, CF
6) Mahoney, 1B
7) Olivo, C
8) Green, SS
9) Solano, 2B

Joe Frisaro

Target Field turned into winter wonderland

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Snow piled up outside Target Field.

Snow piled up outside Target Field.

MINNEAPOLIS — In 30 degree conditions, grounds crew workers at Target Field spent Tuesday morning preparing the park for a day/night doubleheader.

Because Monday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather, the Marlins and Twins are scheduled to play both games of their series on Tuesday.

The high on Tuesday is not expected to reach 40 degrees.

Joe Frisaro

Bone-chilling conditions await Marlins-Twins

Snow piled up near downtown Minneapolis

Snow piled up near downtown Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — As if the Marlins haven’t already had a chilly reception to their road trip. Now the club must brace for some really blustery conditions.

After losing three of four at Cincinnati, Miami now will take on the elements as well as the Twins at Target Field.

The temperature in Minneapolis was 37 degrees, and it is expected to dip to 34 by game-time.

If the first pitch conditions are indeed 34, it will match the second coldest start to any game in Marlins’ history.

On April 10, 2000 at Milwaukee, the first pitch came at 34 degrees.

The coldest game in club history is 29 degrees, on April 8, 1997 at Wrigley Field.

Getting off the plane, the Marlins were greeted by snow on the ground in the Minneapolis area.

Since 2006, the Marlins only once have started at game below 40 degrees — April 26, 2006 at the Cubs.

Many Marlins’ fans remember the coldest playoff game in club history — at Cleveland during the 1997 World Series. The temperature was 38 degrees that day.

Coldest Games in Marlins History

(based on temperature at game time; includes postseason)

April 8, 1997 at Chicago Cubs 29

April 10, 2000 at Milwaukee 34

April 10, 1997 at Cubs 37

Sept. 24, 2000 at Colorado 37

Oct. 22, 1997 at Cleveland 38 (World Series)

Sept. 22, 2000 at Colorado 38

April 24, 1993 at Colorado 39

April 26, 2006 at Cubs 39

April 13, 1997 at Cincinnati 40

Sept. 23, 2000 at Colorado 40

April 12, 2000 at Milwaukee 41

Joe Frisaro

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