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Amezaga solid in outing

Alfredo Amezaga, on the disabled list with a sprained left knee, made a rehab assignment appearance on Thursday night at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. The way he was moving around, at the plate and in center field, is very encouraging.

Playing for Class A Jupiter, Amezaga led off and played center field. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he was lifted in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Leading off the game, Amezaga slapped a single to right field after running the count to 3-1. His leg gave him no troubles while running the bases. He dove back head-first on a pickoff attempt and advanced to second on Osvaldo Martinez’s single. But he was stranded at third.

In the outfield in the first innig, Amezaga was part of a relay play that nailed Curt Smith at home plate. Smith singled with two outs, and Shane Peterson hit the ball into the gap in right-center. Amezaga ran the ball down, made the relay to second baseman Smelin Perez, who threw home. Catcher Miguel Fermin applied the tag at the plate.

Amezaga tapped out to first base in his second at-bat. He walked in the fifth inning in his third plate appearance.

After hitting from the left side three straight at-bats, the switch-hitting Amezaga had an at-bat from the right side in the seventh inning. He struck out looking.

In center field, he covered a lot of ground and looked smooth running down some routine fly balls.  

Because he is on the DL retroactive to March 27, the earliest Amezaga can return to the Marlins is on Saturday.

The plan is to test his knee at multiple positions — center field, shortstop and second base.

Thursday is the opener of the Florida State League, and the Jupiter Hammerheads were playing the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Jupiter promises to be an entertaining team to watch. The club includes top prospects Matt Dominguez and Mike Stanton. Dominguez was batting cleanup and playing third base, while Stanton was the designated hitter, batting third.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez was in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Saturday

The final day of Spring Training in a nutshell:

* Tied 1-1 with Toronto. 2:05 time of game.

* Marlins finished Spring Training with a 12-19-2 Grapefruit League record.

* Matt Lindstrom threw an inning in a Minor League game, and he will be on the Opening Day roster. The only drawback for Lindstrom, who has nursed a strained right rotator cuff, is he won’t be used in back-to-back games, at least early in the year. Lindstrom also isn’t expected to pitch more than one inning in his role as closer.

* Prospect Michael Stanton, who will be at Class A Jupiter, was 1-for-2 with a single and walk on Saturday. Matt Dominguez also got in the game. Both will be in Jupiter.

* Anibal Sanchez gave up no runs on two hits in three innings.

* Dan Uggla got in a pinch-hit. Uggla has been bothered by a tight left calf. He will be ready for Monday.

* Alfredo Amezaga, sprained left knee, did some running from first-to-third on Saturday. He also hit in the cage. He will open on the DL, and should miss seven to 10 days.

* Emilio Bonifacio finished Grapefruit League play with 86 at-bats, the most on the Marlins and one of the highest of any player in the league.

* Cameron Maybin turned 22 on Saturday.

— Joe Frisaro

My projected 25-man roster

Not that this is a final list, but for entertainment purposes, here is my projected 25-man roster. Keep in mind, I still think the club could make a move for a left-handed reliever, perhaps up until Opening Day or a few days into the season.

Again, this isn’t what the team has announced. That actually could come as early as Friday. For now, to play GM for a night, here is what I’m predicting of those players left in camp:

C — John Baker, Ronny Paulino
1B — Jorge Cantu, Ross Gload
2B — Dan Uggla, Andy Gonzalez
SS — Hanley Ramirez, Andy Gonzalez
3B — Emilio Bonifacio, Wes Helms
LF — Jeremy Hermida
CF — Cameron Maybin
RF — Cody Ross, Brett Carroll

Ricky Nolasco
Josh Johnson
Chris Volstad
Anibal Sanchez

Matt Lindstrom (closer)
Leo Nunez
Logan Kensing
Kiko Calero
Renyel Pinto
Dan Meyer
Andrew Miller
Hayden Penn


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FYI regarding Penn. Some feel the Marlins could try sneaking him through waivers. From what I hear, he wouldn’t clear, so I expect him to stay in a long relief role for a little while.


— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Thursday

Some things on note:

* Matt Lindstrom threw one inning, and 16 pitches, in a low A Minor League game on Thursday. It was the first time he’s faced hitters since March 15, when strained his right rotator cuff. Lindstorm is expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

* Alfredo Amezaga’s knee brace has arrived, and he is wearing it for support. Amezaga continues to do drills, but he likely will start the season on the disabled list with a sprained knee. Amezaga says the brace is stabilizing his knee, and he is going through drills wearing it.

* Bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault expects to need four-to-six weeks to recover from a left hip condition. He is hoping to return in a couple of months. For now, he’s on crutches. The Marlins are looking to see who will assume the role, which requires catching in the bullpen. Arsenault is the lone remaining coach from the 2003 World Series title team. He is optimistic he can return in a couple of months.

* Ross Gload, acquired from the Royals on Wednesday, took a red-eye flight from Arizona to Florida and was in uniform by 11 a.m. and available to play on Friday.

* Emilio Bonifacio, who was struck on the left middle finger by a pitch on Wednesday, was out of the lineup on Thursday for precautionary reasons. Dan Uggla also was given the day off. Both are fine.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Wednesday

Some things of note on Wednesday:

* The Marlins clearly are looking for a lefty bat off the bench. Geoff Jenkins is a possibility.

* Manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed that Emilio Bonifacio will be the starting third baseman now that Dallas McPherson has been released. The move was anticipated for more than a week.

* Even though Ricky Nolasco was scratched from his start on Wednesday, Josh Johnson remains in line to start on Thursday against the Cardinals in Jupiter. Gonzalez said he is leaning towards starting catcher Ronny Paulino on Tuesday against the Nationals. Johnson is slated to pitch that day. Paulino is set to start on Thursday against the Cardinals. So he can get a trial run working with Johnson.

Johnson is expected to throw 45-50 pitches on Thursday.

* Alfredo Amezaga continues to make progress, but it is unclear if he will be ready for Opening Day. Recovering from a sprained left knee, the Marlins are being careful with Amezaga.

* Bonificio likely will lead off more against right-handed pitchers than left-handed pitchers.

* One reason McPherson was released was because the team wasn’t sure he would accept a reserve role. Gonzalez noted that was a factor, but he wouldn’t elaborate more on the subject. 

— Joe Frisaro



Amezaga remains upbeat

In Alfredo Amezaga’s mind, being ready for the season opener is possible.

Whether he meets that April 6 time line remains to be seen. But there is a lot of encouragement the his left knee will be healthy.

“For me, I want to play today,” Amezaga said after he took swings in the batting cage. “I’ve got to wait for Sean. He knows better than me, and whether I’ll be alright before Opening Day.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t rule out Amezaga being in the mix to be on the first-game roster.

“We’re still going to take it step-by-step,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll see where we go from there.”

Amezaga hit flips in the batting cage on Monday, marking his third straight day of swinging the bat. He’s also fielding ground balls.

The all-purpose Amezaga sprained his left knee while playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. The prognosis was four to six weeks of recovery time was needed.

Amezaga said he will test the knee running on Monday. When he starts playing in games, he says he will need about four games total to be ready for the season.

— Joe Frisaro

Lindstrom, Amezaga updates

Matt Lindstrom threw off the mound on Sunday, and the right-hander remains hopeful of being ready for Opening Day.

Lindstrom’s next step is to face hitters on Tuesday. That will either be in live batting practice or perhaps a Minor League game.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t rule out having his closer back by Opening Day.

Alfredo Amezaga fielded some more ground balls and he is hitting off the tee. Recovering from a sprained left knee, Amezaga is expected to miss most of the first month.

— Joe Frisaro

Gearing up for season

Manager Fredi Gonzalez spoke to the team about what he expects in the final games of Grapefruit League games.

Basically, Gonzalez said he wants to use players the way they would be used in the regular season. Those who made the trip to Port St. Lucie on Saturday were told, “get ready to pinch-hit. Be ready to double-switch.”

“Looking at the grand scheme of things, to get guys playing time, I could see using Bonifacio like we did Amezaga,” Gonzalez said. “Against a tough right-hander, we could give Maybin a breather and get Boni in the lineup in center field.

“You may see that kind of stuff.”

— Joe Frisaro


Camping out in Port St. Lucie

Some leftovers from a busy Saturday morning:

* Manager Fredi Gonzalez said if Emilio Bonifacio makes the team, he likes the speedster in the leadoff spot.

* Matt Lindstrom will throw off the mound again on Sunday. If Lindstrom opens the year on the DL, he can be back-dated to March 27, and be eligible to play for the first time on April 11. There was some confusion on the back-date, which I reported yesterday as March 28. Instead, it is March 27.

* Alfredo Amezaga took some ground balls in the morning, his first drills since being sidelined with a left knee sprain. Infield coach Andy Fox saw Amezaga moving around and said he looked good. Amezaga is expected to miss most of the first month of the season.

* Wes Helms suffered a bruise to his left leg on Friday against the Orioles. It came on a play where right fielder Cody Ross tried throwing out a runner at first base. Helms was involved in a collision. He is fine, but was held back in Jupiter on Saturday.

* The Marlins are looking for an emergency catcher. John Baker and Ronny Paulino will handle the duties. But if a third catcher is needed, there isn’t a logical choice. The past few years, Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham had catching experience. No one fits the bill this year. Wes Helms could be a candidate.

Left-handed throwing Cody Ross was asked in the dugout, and he said he’d try it.

— Joe Frisaro

Injury updates

Dallas McPherson was back in the lineup on Thursday, seeing action as the designated hitter.

McPherson had been nursing a strained right oblique. He had five at-bats in a Triple-A game on Wednesday, and he is ready to play the field as well.

Gaby Sanchez (left knee) had three at-bats in a Minor League game on Wednesday, and he made the trip to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

Matt Lindstrom will throw off the mound for five minutes on Friday, as he recovers from a right rotator cuff strain.

Scott Proctor is in no-throw status for two more weeks as he deals with the scar tissue proble in his right elbow.

Alfredo Amezaga (left knee) was examined by the doctors on Thursday, as they decide how to begin his rehab.

— Joe Frisaro