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Coghlan coming through

Chris Coghlan is posting numbers that are too good to ignore.

A sandwich first-round pick in 2006, Coghlan has raised his batting average to .344 at Triple-A New Orleans. Through 25 games and 96 at-bats, he has three homers, 22 RBIs, nine doubles and a triple.

A left-handed hitter, he has walked 12 times and struck out 10. Plus he’s stolen nine bases to go along with a .418 on-base and .552 slugging percentage.

For most of his Minor League career, he has played either second base or third base. What’s interesting is on Thursday night, he was in left field.

To purely speculate, if the Marlins are thinking of making a move, and promote Coghlan as a left fielder, that could mean a couple of things. It may mean the organization is looking to give Cameron Maybin some more seasoning in the Minor Leagues.

In that scenario, Cody Ross could move to center field, with Alfredo Amezaga as a platoon option. And Jeremy Hermida could move from left field to right field.

Again, this is just speculation, but some things to consider.

Coghlan isn’t known for power, but he’s a talented hitter, and he could hit either first or second in the order. He’s been batting third for the Zephyrs.

– Joe Frisaro

Amezaga gets start in CF

Alfredo Amezaga is starting in center field on Tuesday against the Reds.

Here’s the Marlins lineup: Bonifacio, Baker, Hanley, Cantu, Uggla, Hermida, Ross, Amezaga and Volstad.

Cameron Maybin is getting the dayoff.

– Joe Frisaro

Uggla hopeful for Sunday

With a day of rest, Dan Uggla is hopeful to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday in the Marlins series finale with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Uggla was scratched just before Saturday’s game due to tightness in his left hamstring. The All-Star second baseman extended himself making a stretch at second base in the fourth inning on Friday.

On the play, Alfonso Soriano hit a hard grounder into the hole at short. Alfredo Amezaga made a nice diving stop and threw to Uggla at second. Looking like a first baseman doing a stretch, Uggla pulled the ball in to get the force out on Mike Fontenot.

“On that play yesterday, I stretched it really as far as it could go,” Uggla said. “Yeah, I’d like to think tomorrow [I'll be ready]. We’ll wait and see.”

In pregame warmups on Saturday, Uggla did some starting and stopping running. Hitting, he is fine, but moving around was a problem.

“It was really tight today, and I didn’t want to push it, and do anything bad to it,” Uggla said. “I felt it stretch, but it didn’t really bother me at all [Friday]. I felt it a little bit in the ninth. It was tight, but nothing big. I woke up this morning and I guess it had been stretched as far as it can be stretched.”

Even though he didn’t play Saturday, manager Fredi Gonzalez considered using Uggla as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. But the situation didn’t arise. Had Uggla batted and reached base, he would have been lifted for a pinch-runner.

– Joe Frisaro

Uggla resting hamstring

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla was scratched from the starting lineup on Saturday morning due to a tight left hamstring.

The soreness isn’t considered serious, and he’s day-to-day. Uggla tried to do some drills on Saturday morning.

On Friday, Uggla was involved making a long stretch at second base to end the inning. The field was a bit muddy, and Uggla made a nice play, getting the put out at second to end the fourth inning.

The play was a pivotal one for the Marlins in their 8-6 loss.

Alfonso Soriano hit a hard grounder into the hole at shortstop. Alfredo Amezaga made a terrific back-handed, diving stop. Amezaga threw to Uggla covering second to retire Mike Fontenot for the third out.

Emilio Bonifacio started at second base on Saturday, and Wes Helms got the nod at third.

Uggla is batting .220 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

While Uggla was out of the lineup, the Marlins on Saturday welcomed Hanley Ramirez back at shortstop.

Ramirez’s return was expected, especially after he entered Friday’s game in the seventh inning. Ramirez last was in the starting lineup on Monday at New York. But in the first inning of that game, he was struck on the right hand by a John Maine fastball.

– Joe Frisaro

Hanley enters in seventh

Hanley Ramirez wanted to start on Friday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez isn’t ready to chance anything.

So not completely unexpected, the All-Star shortstop was not in the starting lineup for the afternoon contest with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

However, in the seventh inning, Ramirez entered as part of a double-switch, playing shortstop for the first time since the first inning on Monday.

Leading off the eighth inning, Ramirez batted in the pitcher’s spot, and the first pitch he saw from Carlos Marmol was high and tight for a ball. Ramirez ended up walking. And in the ninth inning, Ramirez came to bat representing the tying run. He was facing former Marlin Kevin Gregg.

Ramirez lifted a fly ball to center for the final out. Yet, he was encouraged to be back, and he expects to start on Saturday.

“I feel good,” said Ramirez, who had his eight-game hitting streak snapped. “I feel I’ve got my timing. I’ll just wait for tomorrow. I’ll be ready to go.”

Ramirez is still a little sore, and he expects to be for a while.

On Friday morning, Ramirez told Gonzalez that he was ready to go.

“That’s a good sign,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the competitor in him. He wants to play. He came out of the cage [Thursday] with only like nine swings, and it was kind of bothering him. So we’re going to make him go through the whole BP and see how he reacts.”

Ramirez had not played since he was struck on the right hand by a pitch from John Maine at Citi Field. 

Ramirez on Thursday tested the hand by swinging in the batting cage, which is located inside the wall and under the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field. Off a tee, Ramirez took a few swings and didn’t feel right. So he stopped.

– Joe Frisaro

Delay prompting Marlin reaction

The delay the Mets used to get pinch-hitter Omir Santos to the plate in the ninth inning on Wednesday at Citi Field is not going away without a Marlin reaction.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez on Thursday said the organization is in the process of contacting Major League Baseball for a response on what action could have been taken by the umpires.

“We, the Marlins, will talk to Major League Baseball because it could happen to somebody else,” Gonzalez said. “Just to make them aware. I don’t know if they could do something. I don’t know if they could put a clock on it. I don’t know. To go to the extreme of striking the guy out, without him being there.”

Baseball does have “pace of the game” rules. But to the Marlins knowledge, that applies, for example, when a player is on deck and he is taking too long to get into the batter’s box. If a delay is taking too long, an umpire could start having strikes called on the batter, even if no one is in the box.

On Wednesday, Santos was being called upon to pinch-hit for Ramon Castro with two outs and the bases loaded. Santos was in the bullpen warming up pitchers, and it took him several minutes to arrive to the dugout to get ready to hit.

Meanwhile, closer Matt Lindstrom was left on the mound. The umpires tried to hurry up the action, and Lindstrom was told he could throw a few warmup pitches.

The Marlins held on to win, 4-3, when Santos lifted a routine pop that was collected by shortstop Alfredo Amezaga for the final out.

The Marlins were worried that Lindstrom was being iced on the mound.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hermida hitting sixth

Saturday marked the first time this season that Jeremy Hermida hit in the second hole. It paid off as he connected on two dramatic homers. His two-run shot in the ninth sent the game to extra innings, and, his three-run drive in the 11th won it for Florida.

The reason Hermida was hitting second, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, was because he wanted to hit Ronny Paulino higher in the order. Paulino had good numbers off Nationals lefty Scott Olsen, so Gonzalez placed Paulino in the sixth spot.

That move also paid off as Paulino hit a two-run homer off Olsen in the second inning.

On Sunday, Hermida was back in his familiar sixth spot.

The lineup in the series finale with the Nationals was: Boni, Baker, Hanley, Gload, Uggla, Hermida, Ross, Amezaga (CF) and Volstad.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Gload batting cleanup

The Marlins tweaked their lineup as Jorge Cantu still is sitting out with his sore left hand. Ross Gload is hitting in Cantu’s cleanup spot.

Here’s the lineup for Tuesday at Atlanta:

Emilio Bonifacio 3b, John Baker C, Hanley Ramirez ss Ross Gload 1b, Dan Uggla 2b, Jeremy Hermida lf, Cameron Maybin cf, Alfredo Amezaga rf, Chris Volstad p.

Still nursing his sore hand, Cantu took batting practice on Tuesday, and said he felt a slight pinch. However, he is making strides, and he’s hopeful to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Amezaga getting closer

Alfredo Amezaga continues to get closer to returning to the Marlins.

On Friday night, he played in his second rehab assignment game with Class A Jupiter. The Hammerheads faced the Palm Beach Cardinals, and Amezaga played second base. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Amezaga played center field on Thursday, and he will play one more rehab game for Jupiter on Saturday, when he is expected to play shortstop.

On the disabled list with a sprained left knee, Amezaga is expected to be activated on Sunday.

– Joe Frisaro

Amezaga recovering nicely

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The way Alfredo Amezaga was moving around in his rehab assignment game with the Jupiter Hammerheads on Thursday night was very encouraging.

Amezaga (seen above in his first at-bat Thursday) was 1-for-3 with a walk. He moved around in the outfield nicely, covering center field. The Marlins all-purpose utility man is on the DL with a sprained left knee. He is eligible to be re-instated on Saturday.

Based on how he looked, he easily could make that day. If not, he won’t be far behind.

Amezaga is scheduled to play in the infield for Class A Jupiter on Friday.

The Hammerheads have some pretty good prospects — namely Matt Dominguez and Mike Stanton. The two struggled in their first games, combining for 1-for-8 with five strikeouts.

Another prospect to watch is catcher Miguel Fermin, who was in big league camp. Fermin was 1-for-3 and he was robbed of an extra base hit on his hard line drive to center field.

Fermin takes charge behind the plate, and he is very good defensively.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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