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Amezaga out 4-6 weeks

A left knee sprain will keep versatile Alfredo Amezaga out four-to-six weeks.

Amezaga was examined in Miami on Tuesday by Dr. Lee Kaplan. The injury occurred while Amezaga was playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. On Sunday night, Amezaga went 2-for-5 against Australia. After the game, he felt stiffness in his left knee.

He returned to Miami on Monday, and saw the doctor on Tuesday.

With Amezaga out, Robert Andino and Emilio Bonifacio are candidates to fill his role as a all-purpose ultility player.

— Joe Frisaro


Camping out Monday

What is going on Monday:

* The streak ended at 11 2/3 innings. One of Josh Johnson’s goals this spring was to not issue a walk. He almost did it. With two outs in the fifth inning, he walked Dusty Ryan. Johnson entered Monday night having gone through seven innings without issuing a free pass. The streak continued into the fourth innings against the Tigers. But with the count full to Ryan Raburn, Johnson struck Raburn on the hand. So he hit a batter before walking him. Johnson ran the count full to the next batter he faced, Jeff Larish. But he struck out Larish looking.

* Chris Volstad will start on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Anibal Sanchez will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

* Alfredo Amezaga is returning from the World Baseball Classic after experiencing stiffness in his left knee on Sunday night. Amezaga went 2-for-5 with a home runs for Mexico in their 17-7 loss to Australia. Amezaga will be examined by Marlins physicians on Tuesday.

* Matt Lindstrom’s first pitch in relief for Team USA on Sunday night against Venezuela was clocked at 100 mph.

“He looked pretty good,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That breaking ball looked good. That fastball command was outstanding. … I was real proud of him. To pitch in that kind of environment and keep his composure.”

* Andrew Miller is slated to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

* Lefty reliever Taylor Tankersley threw like his of old when he struck out two and threw with authority in a one-two-three seventh inning. Renyel Pinto struck out the side in order in the sixth. And Dan Meyer stepped up with a scoreless eighth. The three lefties are in the mix for two relief jobs.

* Right fielder Brett Carroll ran into foul territory and made a terrific catch near the seats. After catching the drive by Placido Polanco, Carroll made an amazing turn and throw to third base. His throw sailed on a fly directly to third base, preventing Alex Avila from tagging and moving to third.

“Sometimes you just throw and let your instincts take over,” Carroll said. 

— Joe Frisaro

Amezaga tweaks left knee

Alfredo Amezaga is returning to South Florida from the World Baseball Classic after he experienced stiffness in his left knee during Sunday night’s game.

Playing center field for Mexico, Amezaga went 2-for-5 with a home run for Mexico in their 17-7 loss to Australia.

Amezaga has been playing center field for Mexico.

He will be evaluated by Marlins physicians on Tuesday. Before heading to the Classic, Amezaga tweaked his right knee, but he was cleared to compete for his country.

— Joe Frisaro

Roster scenarios

Anyone thinking the Marlins roster is set should think again.

For now, I will take a look at the position players, and here are some scenarios that may happen to improve the club defensively. Let’s say Gaby Sanchez isn’t ready to secure first base, and he opens the season in the Minor Leagues.

If that happens, look for Jorge Cantu to move to first base, and Alfredo Amezaga could become a starter at third base. If the team got really bold, it could consider switching Hanley Ramirez to third base and using Amezaga at shortstop. That move may actually make the most sense, but selling Hanley on the idea could be tough.

So let’s say Ramirez stays at shortstop — which probably would be what happens — then Amezaga and Wes Helms could be a platoon option at third base. That scenario would arise if Dallas McPherson isn’t on the team.

For the team to improve defensively, it makes sense for its best defensive player — Amezaga — to see more playing time.

If Amezaga becomes a starter in the infield, then look for Robert Andino to make the team, filling in the utility role that has belonged to Amezaga. Andino is out of options, and many believe he will not make the team. I am not convinced Andino will be packing his bags before Opening Day. 

Just some things to think about.

— Joe Frisaro 

Marlins vs. Dominican

A glimpse of how the Marlins will look without Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga in their lineup:

Against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, Florida is going with: Emilio Bonifacio (DH), John Baker (C), Cody Ross (RF), Dallas McPherson (3B), Dan Uggla (2B), Jeremy Hermida (LF), Cameron Maybin (CF), Gaby Sanchez (1B) and Robert Andino (SS).

It’s interesting that Maybin is hitting seventh. Ross gets his first crack at hitting third in Spring Training. Jeremy Hermida batted there on Sunday and hit a homer and a double.

Bonifacio is getting more reps hitting leadoff, which is something to monitor.

— Joe Frisaro

Saturday lineup

Saturday will be the last day that the lineup will resemble what the Marlins may put out there on Opening Day. That’s because players in the World Baseball Classic are leaving on Sunday.

Hanley Ramirez, Alfredo Amezaga and Jorge Cantu are position players set to go to the Classic.

On Saturday, the Marlins went with this batting order against the Orioles at Fort Lauderdale Stadium: Cameron Maybin, Alfredo Amezaga, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla, Jeremy Hermida, Cody Ross, Wes Helms and Brett Hayes.

— Joe Frisaro

Amezaga in lineup

If all goes well the next two days, Alfredo Amezaga will be playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Amezaga tweaked his right knee when his cleat caught during an at-bat in an intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday. He received treatment on Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday he was back on the field doing drills.

He also was in the lineup for the first. Manager Fredi Gonzalez plans on playing him about five innings at second base. He was in the lineup hitting ninth against the Orioles on Friday, and he is expected to play on Saturday against the Orioles in Fort Lauderdale.

“It feels good. Obviously, not 100 percent,” Amezaga said. “Everybody is not 100 percent right now. My knee is fine.”

Amezaga is planning on heading to Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday to begin practicing with Mexico for the Classic.  

— Joe Frisaro

Amezaga tweaks right knee

All-purpose Alfredo Amezaga is resting a sore right knee, which is why he isn’t playing in the Marlins first two Grapefruit League games.

Amezaga felt some discomfort while batting on Tuesday in an intrasquad scrimmage. If the knee doesn’t show improvement in the next day or two, it could impact whether he plays for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team is closely watching, and the ailment may be enough to keep him from the Classic. Amezaga is the frontrunner to play center field for Mexico.

Some encouraging news on Thursday was Amezaga did some light jogging.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Tuesday

What want on today at camp:

* MLB Network is doing a “30 Clubs in 30 Days” feature on the Marlins that airs on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. ET. The hour-long special on the team will be repeated four times within a day after it originally airs.

* Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson each threw two innings on the Roger Dean Stadium main field on Tuesday in an intrasquad game that was pitching dominated. These are the two frontrunners to start on Opening Day on April 6 against the Nationals.

* The only walk in the six-inning scrimmage was drawn by Cameron Maybin.

* Wednesday marks the opening of Grapefruit League action, with Florida facing St. Louis as the visiting team at Roger Dean Stadium. Anibal Sanchez will start. The regulars are set to play. The Marlins are using a DH, and it likely will be Dallas McPherson.

* Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that players going to the World Baseball Classic — guys like Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga  — will play more early in Spring Training games as they prepare to leave for the Classic on March 1.

* On Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Marlins will face Italy’s World Baseball Classic team on field two behind Roger Dean Stadium. Burke Badenhop will pitch. Expected to play for Florida are John Raynor, Andy Gonzalez, Michael Stanton, John Lindsey, Matt Dominguez, Kyle Skipworth, Michael Ryan, Jai Miller and Manny Mayorson.  

— Joe Frisaro


Scrimmage highlights

After nine days of drills, the Marlins finally played in a game situation on Monday.

The team went through an intrasquad contest, with Sean West and Frankie De La Cruz each starting. The game lasted six innings. Dan Uggla, Alfredo Amezaga, Emilio Bonifacio and Cody Ross were among the players going all six innings.

Uggla had an RBI groundout in the first inning.

Hanley Ramirez added two singles, a stolen base and a run scored in a DH role.

On the down side, Ross was jammed on a pitch while hitting and he aggravated his right palm/thumb area. He may take a day off from hitting.

— Joe Frisaro