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Stanton, Coghlan updates

JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton will once again be in Minor League games on Sunday as they move closer to being ready for the season opener.

Coghlan (sore right shoulder) is expected to play seven innings in center field and get five plate appearances.

Stanton (strained right quad) will again be used as a designated hitter, but he is moving closer to being ready to play the outfield. In recent days, the 21-year-old right fielder has been doing running and agility drills with no discomfort.

He could be playing in the outfield in Minor League games as early as Tuesday. If that goes well, Stanton may be playing in a Grapefruit League game as soon as Thursday against the Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium.

An important date for injured players is Tuesday (March 22), because that’s the day that factors into when a player is placed on the disabled list retroactively. So the Marlins will ask themselves whether they should keep Coghlan playing in Minor League games after Tuesday, because that gives them flexibility.

If a player opens the season on the DL retroactively to March 22, he can be eligible for reinstatement as early as April 7, instead of missing the first 15 days of the season.

To be on the DL retroactively, a player can play in Minor League games, but he can’t appear in Grapefruit or Cactus League games after March 22.

A year ago, the Marlins faced the same situation with Cody Ross, who had a hamstring injury. Ross played in Minor League games until the end of Spring Training, and the team then determined he was ready to play on Opening Day.

If he wasn’t, he could have been placed on the DL retroactively, and missed about five or six games.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins roster moves

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins made four roster moves on Sunday morning, reducing their number in camp down to 37.

Pitcher Elih Villanueva, outfielder Tim Torres, outfielder John Raynor and catcher Clint Sammons were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Villanueva made a strong impression in his first big league camp, and he will be in Triple-A New Orleans’ rotation.

In 13 Grapefruit League innings, the right-hander gave up two runs, and he struck out seven while walking three.

“I’ve been very impressed with Elih,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “He made a very good impression with everybody here. He’s going to be in the big leagues for a long time.”

Joe Frisaro

Rotation order not quite set

JUPITER, Fla. — There are no real openings in the Marlins rotation. But the order of the five starters may not yet be set in stone.

Aside from Josh Johnson starting on Opening Night (April 1) against the Mets, the rest of the order is subject to change.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Saturday morning that Johnson is locked in at No. 1, but the team wants to make sure Ricky Nolasco is ready to pitch the second game.

Key for Nolasco is how he does in his third start, which is March 23 against the Braves.

“If Ricky feels good after his third outing, he should be ready to go,” Rodriguez said.

Nolasco is recovered from a sprained right thumb and surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The right-hander has had two rough outings, including giving up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings on Friday to the Astros.

Nolasco feels fine, health wise. Rodriguez noted that it isn’t the health of his 28-year-old right-hander, “it’s the quality of his pitches.”

The Marlins would like their rotation to be Johnson, Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.

Rodriguez says more will be known on the order of the rotation after Nolasco’s next start.

Joe Frisaro

Stanton makes TV commercial

JUPITER, Fla. — Home runs come to mind when talking about Mike Stanton.

In 2010, the Marlins slugger paced all rookies with his 22 homers. He added 21 more in Double-A before getting called up to the big leagues in June.

With his immense power, Stanton may ultimately become the Marlins’ first home run champion.

As he prepares for his sophomore season, Stanton is gaining some national attention, but he is doing so talking about defense.

Stanton is featured in an MLB 2K11 commercial, talking about playing “perfect defense.”

“It’s a new experience,” Stanton said of being featured in video game commercial.

The commercial was filmed in Lakeland in mid-January.

Joe Frisaro

Vazquez facing Cardinals on Saturday

JUPITER, Fla. — After missing one start due to mild soreness in his right elbow, Javier Vazquez is back on the mound for Florida on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

There will be no designated hitter, so Vazquez and St. Louis right-hander Kyle Lohse are both expected to hit.

About 30 minutes before the first pitch, the Marlins announced Logan Morrison was scratched from the lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

Also slated to pitch for the Marlins are Burke Badenhop, Randy Choate and Clay Hensley.

Dewayne Wise is back in the lineup after sitting out a couple of days with a sore left big toe.

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Greg Dobbs, 1B
5) Brad Davis, C
6) Matt Dominguez, 3B
7) Josh Kroeger, RF
8) Emilio Bonifacio, LF
9) Javier Vazquez, P

CARDINALS

1) Ryan Theriot, SS
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Matt Carpenter, 3B
6) Yadier Molina, C
7) Skip Schumaker, 2B
8) Nick Stavinoha, RF
9) Kyle Lohse, P

Joe Frisaro

Marlins may have interest in Castillo

JUPITER, Fla. — Luis Castillo is now on the market, and the Marlins may have interest.

A source said the organization is having some internal discussions about whether to bring the 35-year-old back to Florida.

On Friday the Mets released Castillo. a switch-hitting second baseman. New York is on the hook to pay the $6 million on his 2011 contract.

Castillo could make sense for Florida if the team isn’t sure prospect Matt Dominguez is ready to win the third base job. The 21-year-old Dominguez, currently the frontrunner to be the Opening Day starter, is batting .219 in 32 Grapefruit League at-bats.

If the Marlins do look to sign Castillo, he could play second and Omar Infante could switch to third base.

Castillo was with the Marlins from 1996-2005. He was a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner in Florida.

Joe Frisaro
  

Astros-Marlins lineup

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins snapped their nine-game losing streak by beating the Cardinals on Thursday. On Friday, they look for back-to-back wins when they take on the Astros at 1:05 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium.

Ricky Nolasco gets the start for Florida, while J.A. Happ throws for Houston.

ASTROS

1) Michael Bourn, CF
2) Clint Barmes, SS
3) Hunter Pence, RF
4) Brett Wallace, 1B
5) Chris Johnson, 3B
6) J.B. Shuck, LF
7) J.R. Towels, C
8) Humberto Quintero, DH
9) Anderson Hernandez, 2B

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Ozzie Martinez, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) John Buck, C
6) Greg Dobbs, DH
7) Donnie Murphy, 3B
8) Josh Kroeger, LF
9) Scott Cousins, RF

Joe Frisaro

Infante is fine, Wise ready for Friday

Marlins second baseman Omar Infante received a scare in the seventh inning on Thursday when he was struck in the left elbow by a fastball.

Infante was plunked by St. Louis right-hander Jason Motte, and he left the game.

It appears that the second baseman will be fine. He was hit on the protective elbow pad that covered his elbow.

Although Infante immediately left the game, he could be back in the lineup on Friday. Manager Edwin Rodriguez noted that the second baseman was going to be lifted for a pinch runner that inning anyway.

If Infante gets Friday off, Rodriguez said, it likely will be because he was just being given a breather.

Outfielder Dewayne Wise, a non-roster invitee, informed Rodriguez on Thursday that he has a minor toe bruise. It’s nothing serious, and chances are he will be available on Friday.

Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday.

The Marlins have Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton playing in Minor League games as they recover from their ailments.

Both had five at-bats. Stanton (right quad strain) had three hits, including a double, and he didn’t play the field. Stanton was pinch-run for after reaching base.

Coghlan (right shoulder tendinitis) played center field and had three fly balls hit to him. He didn’t do any strenuous throwing. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a walk.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup vs. Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. — Plans to start Chris Coghlan in center field in back-to-back Grapefruit League have been scrapped.

Due to tendinitis and inflammation in his right shoulder, Coghlan will be playing in Minor League games for at least a while. Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Initially, manager Edwin Rodriguez was set to go with another lineup, which included a number of backups. But Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez all approached the manager and said they wanted to play, and an adjustment was made.

“The regular players all came in and said they wanted to play,” Rodriguez said. “That was good to see.”

Josh Johnson will be making the start for the Marlins. Jake Westbrook is throwing for the Cardinals.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, DH
7) Matt Dominguez, 3B
8) Brett Hayes, C
9) Scott Cousins, RF

CARDINALS

1) Matt Carpenter, DH
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Lance Berkman, RF
6) David Freese, 3B
7) Dan Descalso, 2B
8) Gerald Laird, C
9) Tyler Greene, SS

Joe Frisaro

Coghlan to play Minor League games

JUPITER, Fla. — Claiming that his right shoulder isn’t fully healthy, Chris Coghlan will be playing center field in Minor League games for at least a little while.

Coghlan has been dealing with inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff, and he was attempting to play in back-to-back games in Grapefruit League action.

Beginning on Thursday, Coghlan was set to play in center on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. He will still work on the timing of his jumps and reads on balls in the outfield. But he’s been instructed not to make any strenuous throws.

Whether Coghlan will be ready for Opening Night on April 1 remains to be seen. But playing in Minor League games would give the Marlins the option to retro-active the 25-year-old on the disabled list, should he not be ready for the season opener.

“We’re going to be able to play the outfield down there,” Coghlan said. “I can still play the field, but I told [manager Edwin Rodriguez], ‘I can’t keep going out there and babying my arm.’  I’ve got to get healthy.”

Coghlan said he had an MRI on his shoulder about 10 days ago. On Wednesday, in a Grapefruit League game with Tampa Bay, there was a play that could have tested Coghlan’s shoulder.

It came in the sixth inning on Matt Joyce’s fly ball to center with Elliot Johnson on third.

Johnson didn’t tag and go, and Coghlan simply threw the ball back to the infield instead of throwing all the way to the plate.

That throw as telling, showing that Coghlan’s shoulder isn’t right.

“I could have probably made a little bit [stronger throw], but I’m not 100 percent,” Coghlan said. “I couldn’t throw it all the way home and try to throw that guy out. I told [Rodriguez], ‘I can’t just keep on going out there and doing that.’ He said, ‘I totally understand.’ “

Coghlan also is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. His knee is doing fine, as evident by the triple he hit on Wednesday.

Right now, it’s getting his arm strength ready for the season.

Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals.

Joe Frisaro

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