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Marlins revamp Thursday lineup

The Marlins have shaken up the lineup in the series finale with the Braves on Thursday. Nick Johnson was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 16. Cameron Maybin is starting and playing center field. It’s Maybin’s first start for Florida since May 7, he spent most of the season at Triple-A New Orleans. And Andy Gonzalez, who had his contract selected on Thursday, started at shortstop.

Hanley Ramirez continues to rest his strained left hamstring.

Right fielder Jeremy Hermida aggravated a rib on Wednesday and he isn’t in Thursday’s lineup.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Johnson, 1B

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Carroll, RF

8) Gonzalez, SS

9) Nolasco, P

— Joe Frisaro


Nick Johnson is back

After two rehab assignment games, Nick Johnson was cleared to return to the Marlins.

On Thursday afternoon, the team made it official. Johnson was returned from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the disabled list.

The veteran first baseman will be in uniform for Florida on Thursday night in the series finale with the Braves.

Johnson has not played since Aug. 16 due to a right hamstring strain.

Also on Thursday, the Marlins selected the contract of infielder Andy Gonzalez from Triple-A New Orleans.

Adding Gonzalez was necessary because All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is dealing with a strained left hamstring. With Ramirez resting, Emilio Bonifacio had been the only shortstop option on the roster.

— Joe Frisaro


VandenHurk officially added

After Sunday’s loss to the Phillies, the Marlins announced right-hander Rick VandenHurk would make the start on Monday at San Diego.

The transaction became official on Monday morning, Pacific Coast Time.

VandenHurk was called up from Triple-A New Orleans, where he was 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in nine starts. Optioned to Triple-A was infielder Andy Gonzalez, meaning the Marlins are going with 13 pitchers and 12 position players.

The 24-year-old VandenHurk opened the season on the disabled list with a right elbow injury. He pitched for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

This will be the right-hander’s first MLB appearance of the season and 23rd game in his big league career, including 22 starts.

The 6-foot-5 VandenHurk made four starts for Florida in 2008, going 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. He opened the season as the Marlins No. 2 starter, but struggled early. He was optioned to Double-A after two starts, and his ’08 season was marred by an elbow injury.

VandenHurk will have a chance to solidify the No. 5 spot in the rotation. This will be his first appearance against the Padres.

— Joe Frisaro


Amezaga season over

All-purpose Alfredo Amezaga, one of the top utility players in the big leagues, will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee on Monday and he will miss the remainder of the season.

Amezaga has been one of the most versatile Marlins since he joined the team in 2006. But the 31-year-old infielder/outfielder has been on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee.

The team revealed on Wednesday that Amezaga will have the season-ending surgery performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Co.

Amezaga last played on May 16, and he’s appeared in 27 games this season, batting .217. A switch-hitter, he has a .251 career batting average, but his value to the club has been his ability to play above-average defense in the infield and center field.

The Marlins initially placed Amezaga on the 15-day disabled list on May 21, retroactive to May 17. On Thursday, he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and infielder Andy Gonzalez had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans.

Amezaga played in the World Baseball Classic for Mexico, but he suffered a right knee injury in the first round.

Last week, Amezaga had an initial visit to Dr. Steadman.

— Joe Frisaro



Bonifacio exits

Emilio Bonifacio, who has won the starting third base job, left the game on Wednesday after he struck out in the fourth inning.

Bonifacio was hit in the hand by a pitch while squaring to bunt from the left side. It was ruled a foul ball. He was stunned for a few seconds, walking it off.

Bonifacio shook it off, then struck out swinging.

The switch-hitting third baseman was struck by the pitch on his left middle finger. After the game, he said he was fine, and he could play on Thursday, if the Marlins decide to use him.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Andy Gonzalez was playing third. Gonzalez made a strong play at third base, robbing Adam Jones of a hit in the fifth inning. Gonzalez, who played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, may wind up being the backup middle infielder on Opening Day.

— Joe Frisaro