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Marlins on the mend

With a modest payroll, success for the Marlins’ largely rests on the team staying healthy.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest touched on that Wednesday during the announcement that Edwin Rodriguez would return as manager.

“We need to keep our starting pitching healthy,” Beinfest said. “We need to keep JJ, Ricky, Anibal and Vollie pitching deep into September. We really can’t afford to lose our starting pitching like we did this year.”

Josh Johnson missed the final few weeks with a back and shoulder ailment. Nolasco was out down the stretch with a meniscus tear in his right knee. Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad pitched down the stretched, and both actually finished up strong.

The Marlins will be counting on Johnson, Nolasco, Sanchez and Volstad to be four workhorses in 2011.

“One of the things we’re looking for the team to do too is to just grow up a little bit,” Beinfest said. “We’ve transitioned a little bit some of the guys who had been here since ’06. … Health and the arms will be important.”

Currently, several players are on the mend this offseason. Johnson and Nolasco are recovering nicely, and neither should have any restrictions when Spring Training gets underway.

Chris Coghlan is recovering from a meniscus tear in his left knee. Coghlan recently was checked out by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. As of now, he doesn’t have a timeline to start baseball activities.

Hanley Ramirez, who was bothered with left elbow inflammation, will soon be examined again by Kaplan to determine when he will begin baseball activities. Ramirez is spending much of the offseason in Miami working out. 

John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and he hasn’t begun baseball activities.

Sean West, who was in the Arizona Fall League, has been sent home with a left elbow strain. The 6-foot-8 lefty is scheduled to see Kaplan. The team doesn’t think the injury is serious, but more will be known after the visit.

Alex Sanabia, who missed his final start due to a right forearm strain, is making progress. The team didn’t think the ailment was serious.

Also on Wednesday, Beinfest noted that the team has had on-going discussions with Terry Bross, Dan Uggla’s agent, regarding a long-term contract for the power-hitting second baseman. There has been little movement, however, on a multiyear deal with Nolasco, who has two more seasons left in arbitration.

Beinfest said he was given his payroll range for the ’11 season. He didn’t give any estimates, but he noted payroll will be higher than the $46 million in 2010.

Look for Florida’s payroll to be in the $50 million range.

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

Sanabia scratched for Saturday

Due to some right elbow stiffness, rookie Alex Sanabia was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday.

The Marlins are now going with Jorge Sosa against the Pirates at Sun Life Stadium. Charlie Morton is throwing for Pittsburgh.

Sanabia experienced a tingle in his right arm in his previous start, when he tossed seven innings at Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 27.

The rookie has logged 72 1/3 innings for the Marlins this season. Counting his Minor League totals, Sanabia has logged 170 2/3 innings, by far the most in the 22-year-old’s professional career.

A year ago for Class A Jupiter, Sanabia threw 104 1/3 innings.

Sanabia has enjoyed a strong rookie season, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.73 ERA in 15 appearances, including 12 starts. He is expected to challenge for a rotation spot in Spring Training.

The right-hander made 16 Minor League starts and was 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA.

Sosa is making his second start for Florida. The veteran worked 2 1/3 innings on Sept. 15 in a loss to the Phillies.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley hurting, out of lineup

Hanely Ramirez winched in pain several times while swinging the bat in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Mets.

On Wednesday, Ramirez was out of the lineup again with a sore left elbow. The elbow has bothered the three-time All-Star shortstop for about six weeks. He had missed four straight games prior to Tuesday.

Now, it is unclear when he will play again. Ozzie Martinez started at shortstop on Wednesday, while Logan Morrison batted third.

The Marlins are shorthanded in the infield because Emilio Bonifacio is nursing a tight left hamstring. He won’t be ready for at least two more days.

Florida concludes its homestand on Wednesday with Alex Sanabia starting against New York’s Jon Niese.

 

 

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1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Angel Pagan, RF

3) Carlos Beltran, CF

4) David Wright, 3B

5) Ike Davis, 1B

6) Lucas Duda, LF

7) Josh Thole, C

8) Ruben Tejada, 2B

9) Jon Niese, P

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Gaby begins suspension

Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who was in the middle of the benches-clearing altercation with the Nationals on Sept. 1, is beginning his three-game suspension on Friday night at Washington.

Wes Helms is getting the start at first base for Florida in its first meeting with the Nationals since the incident in Miami.

Sanchez was one of the active participants in the altercation as he knocked down Nyjer Morgan, who had charged the mound and thrown a punch at Chris Volstad.

In the seventh inning of the Sept. 1 game, Sanchez was drilled by a Doug Slaten pitch. Slaten received a three-game suspension.

By serving the suspension now, Sanchez will miss all three games at Washington.

Marlins lineup for Friday: Emilio Bonifacio (3B), Logan Morrison (LF), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Dan Uggla (2B), Wes Helms (1B), Mike Stanton (RF), Cameron Maybin (CF), Brad Davis (C), Alex Sanabia (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

JJ to visit Dr. Kaplan

Pitching woes are piling up for the Marlins.

Now their ace is going to be out for an undetermined amount of time.

Two-time All-Star Josh Johnson is traveling to South Florida on Wednesday to have his back and shoulder examined by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Johnson cut short a between starts bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The 26-year-old two-time All-Star was slated to pitch on Friday against Washington at Nationals Park. Alex Sanabia now will start that game.

“The priority here is to make sure JJ is fine,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.  “He’s going to see Dr. Kaplan tomorrow. We’re going to check his back and his shoulder. We want to make sure everything is alright with him.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley back, Uggla ailing

A day after leaving the game due to dizziness, Hanley Ramirez is back in the Marlins lineup on Monday against the Nationals at Sun Life Stadium.

But late in the afternoon, the team announced Dan Uggla would not play due to a strained right groin.

Uggla was initially in the lineup, but was replaced at second base by Emilio Bonifacio.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says Uggla is day-to-day, but chances are he could missed at least another game or two in the series.

“When you’re talking about a leg injury, it’s hard for me to believe,” Rodriguez said of a player missing just one game.

Uggla noted some soreness after Sunday’s game in Atlanta.

Cameron Maybin also is starting in center field, after sitting out on Sunday at Atlanta. Maybin had a mild left groin strain on Saturday.

Alex Sanabia gets the start for Florida, while Washington is going with Jason Marquis.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) Chad Tracy, 3B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley back hitting third

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez talked about it a day ago. The switch became official on Wednesday.

The Marlins shuffled their lineup against the Mets, sliding Hanley Ramirez down to the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the first time since July 27.

Cameron Maybin moved to the leadoff spot in the second game of the Marlins’ series with New York.

Rodriguez wanted Ramirez hitting third because he feels the slugger is better suited to drive in runs. Often as a leadoff batter, he his hitting with no one on base.

Ramirez also sported a new look on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he colored his hair. He was trying to change it to blonde, but instead it turned red.

The Marlins lineup for Wednesday is: Cameron Maybin (CF), Logan Morrison (LF), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Dan Uggla (2B), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Mike Stanton (RF), Wes Helms (3B), Brett Hayes (C), Alex Sanabia (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineups for Sunday

The Marlins wrap up their first half on Sunday looking to salvage a four-game split with the D-backs at Chase Field.

A pair of starting pitchers who opened the season at Double-A will be on the mound. Alex Sanabia gets the call for Florida, while Barry Enright goes for Arizona.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Wes Helms, 3B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Alex Sanabia, P

 

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1) Chris Young, CF

2) Kelly Johnson, 2B

3) Justin Upton, RF

4) Miguel Montero, C

5) Mark Reynolds, 3B

6) Stephen Drew, SS

7) Rusty Ryal, 1B

8) Gerardo Parra, LF

9) Barry Enright, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Two relievers joining squad

The revolving door continues to spin.

Once again, the Marlins have dipped into their Minor League system in hopes of finding consistent relief help.

While no official announcement has been made, left-hander James Houser will have his contract selected on Tuesday from Triple-A New Orleans. And right-hander Alex Sanabia also had his contract selected, but from Double-A Jacksonville.

Once these two are added to the 40-man roster, the Marlins will have to make one corresponding roster move. Currently the roster is at 39 after Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment following Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Rays.

Also on Sunday, Jay Buente was optioned to Triple-A.

The Marlins have already used 15 different relievers this season. Also, for one game, Nate Robertson — who was skipped a start because of the way a day off fell — threw 5 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Foremost, the Marlins are looking for relievers to throw strikes. The team suffered an agonizing 9-8 loss to the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday. Six separate relievers combined to walk 11 batters.

Sanabia, picked in the 32nd round in 2006, has enjoyed a strong season at Jacksonville. The right-hander was a starter. In 14 outings, he wsa 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA, including 65 strikeouts to 16 walks in 84 1/3 innings.

Sanabia projects to be used in long relief. The feeling is he has the makings of a solid fourth or fifth starter in the big leagues. For now, he will be asked to help out in either long relief or in certain situations.

Houser, meanwhile, is a 25-year-old lefty from Sarasota, Fla. He was signed as a Minor League free agent last November.

In 11 games at New Orleans, he struck out 11 and walked four in 19 1/3 innings.

Like Sanabia, Houser can throw multiple innings. He joins Taylor Tankersley as a lefty in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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