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Wise in center vs. Mets

JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Coghlan has been playing center field in Minor League games, but the Marlins are not quite ready to put him in Grapefruit League action.

So Dewayne Wise, who is looking to make the club as a non-roster invitee, is getting the start in center field.

The Marlins may be leaning towards keeping Coghlan out of Grapefruit League games, because it could impact a retroactive date should the team place him on the disabled list to start the season.

Players can appear in Minor League games, but if they are in either a Grapefruit or Cactus league game after March 22, they are not eligible to be placed on the season retroactive. So should Coghlan, or any other Marlin, go on the DL retroactive to March 22, they would be eligible to play on April 7, or after the first six days of the season.

Wise has enjoyed a solid spring. Greg Dobbs, who is a frontrunner to make the team as a left-handed bat off the bench, is getting the start on Thursday at third base.

METS

1) Willie Harris, CF
2) Chin-lung Hu, 3B
3) Daniel Murphy, 2B
4) Ike Davis, 1B
5) Nick Evans, LF
6) Lucas Duda, RF
7) Josh Thole, C
8) Luis Hernandez, SS
9) D.J. Carrasco, P

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Mike Stanton, RF
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Logan Morrison, LF
7) Greg Dobbs, 3B
8) Brett Hayes, C
9) Anibal Sanchez, P

Joe Frisaro

Rotation order not quite set

JUPITER, Fla. — There are no real openings in the Marlins rotation. But the order of the five starters may not yet be set in stone.

Aside from Josh Johnson starting on Opening Night (April 1) against the Mets, the rest of the order is subject to change.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Saturday morning that Johnson is locked in at No. 1, but the team wants to make sure Ricky Nolasco is ready to pitch the second game.

Key for Nolasco is how he does in his third start, which is March 23 against the Braves.

“If Ricky feels good after his third outing, he should be ready to go,” Rodriguez said.

Nolasco is recovered from a sprained right thumb and surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The right-hander has had two rough outings, including giving up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings on Friday to the Astros.

Nolasco feels fine, health wise. Rodriguez noted that it isn’t the health of his 28-year-old right-hander, “it’s the quality of his pitches.”

The Marlins would like their rotation to be Johnson, Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.

Rodriguez says more will be known on the order of the rotation after Nolasco’s next start.

Joe Frisaro

Short takes from Edwin

No matter what time of year it is, losing eight straight is disappointing.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez, who is handling the rough spell with care, notes that if he had a more veteran club, he would be more vocal.

But with a young team, he is watching his tone because a number of players are still learning. Keeping his sense of humor, Rodriguez said he’s often collected himself by counting to 10 before addressing a player.

“As a manager, you have to pick your spots,” Rodriguez said on Wednesday morning. “Then again, I have to realize, I consider this whole situation like ‘growing pains.’ We have a very young team. I think they’re learning, and they’re maturing from this whole situation.

“I don’t want to give them the impression that there is panic. So if I say something, I really have to watch what I say, because if I say something, they might take it the wrong way. I want them to perform the way they should be performing, but I have to be very careful in how I say all that. And the tone.”

Some other items of note from Rodriguez’s morning session with the beat reporters:

* Chris Coghlan is expected to start back-to-back games in center field on Wednesday and Thursday.

* Mike Stanton continues to do only light jogging, and the hope is he can play the final seven-to-10 Grapefruit League games. So as of now, the team is cautiously optimistic Stanton will be ready for Opening Night.

* Javier Vazquez is throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday, and he should be ready for Saturday.

* Anibal Sanchez is throwing a bullpen session on Thursday, and he should be ready for Sunday.

* Wednesday’s game will be the first of five straight Marlins games on 790 The Ticket.

Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins have unanswered questions

JUPITER, Fla. — With Opening Day just 2 1/2 weeks away, the Marlins still have a number of unanswered questions, including a couple they had entering Spring Training.

Here’s a quick list of issues that remain unresolved:

1) Chris Coghlan’s transition to center field remains unclear, simply because he hasn’t had much game time at the position. Initially, the team eased him back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. As his leg continued to heal, Coghlan also dealt with a sore right shoulder.

The ailments have limited Coghlan to playing center field in just four Grapefruit League games, the last one coming on March 7. He also played a couple of innings in center in the Feb. 27 exhibition with the University of Miami.

Coghlan is in the starting lineup in center field on Wednesday.

2) Will Mike Stanton be ready for Opening Night? The strained right quad has kept him out of all the Grapefruit League games. He suffered the injury on Feb. 27 in the scrimmages with UM.

If the 21-year-old can be back for the final seven or so Grapefruit League games, he probably would be fine for the April 1 opener. Even so, you have to wonder how effective will he be early due to lost time.

Foremost they need Stanton healthy. The reason they aren’t rushing things is the team doesn’t want the injury to linger throughout the year.

3) How are Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson doing? Johnson missed the final few weeks of 2010 with back/shoulder problems. He’s healthy, and the life is returning to his fastball. But JJ hasn’t been particularly sharp so far. Not to worry, right now he is working on his changeup, a pitch he will count on to keep hitters honest.

Johnson’s slider remains nasty, and he can use it as an out-pitch on a regular basis. So he is working in a changeup, as he did in an effective start last Saturday against the Red Sox. JJ was throwing his changeup in hitters’ counts, and situations that he wouldn’t use it during the regular season.

As for Nolasco, he’s missed the final month of ’10 with a torn meniscus in his right knee, which required surgery. The right-hander also missed the first half of Spring Training with a sprained right thumb. He was wild in his March 13 debut with the Nationals. His velocity was about 89 mph.

The outing was a rough one, which isn’t totally unexpected. It may take him several starts in Spring Training, and even the early part of the regular season, to get the feel of all his pitches.

4) Who will bat cleanup is Stanton is out? It looks like Gaby Sanchez would get the first call. Sanchez had a strong rookie year in 2010, and he would be a prime candidate to bat fourth until Stanton is ready to return.

5) Has the defense improved? For a few weeks, it looked like it had. Then there was a collective breakdown last Friday in Port St. Lucie. There were more defensive lapses on Tuesday in Port Charlotte.

The organization has gone through great strides to improve in the field. Highly respected infield coach Perry Hill was brought back to get the defense on track. Now it’s up to the players to make the plays that should be outs.

6) Is the rotation healthy? Javier Vazquez (mild right elbow soreness) and Anibal Sanchez (right shin) were each scratched from their scheduled starts on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Both should be back this weekend.

Joe Frisaro

Sanchez scratched, West to start

Still bothered by a bruised right shin, Anibal Sanchez will not be making his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Tuesday.

The Marlins instead are sending left-hander Sean West to the mound in hopes of snapping their seven-game losing streak.

The Marlins are having a rough time gaining consistency, and part of the problem is nagging ailments.

On Monday, the Marlins were blanked 9-0 by the Twins in Fort Myers. Alex Sanabia made the start in place of Javier Vazquez, who was scratched due to a mild sore right elbow. The team is hopeful that Vazquez will misses just the one start and is ready to go on Saturday.

Now on Tuesday, West will get the start against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Sanchez is nursing a right shin contusion after he was struck with a comeback liner against the Mets last Thursday.

Joe Frisaro

Short takes from Sunday

JUPITER, Fla. — Ricky Nolasco will make his first Spring Training start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Grapefruit League game is set to start at 1:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MLB.TV and it is the first of four games being aired by Fox Sports Florida.
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Before the game, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met briefly with the beat writers to preview the day.

Nolasco is expected to throw about 55-60 pitches, or three innings. If all goes well, he remains on pace to be the No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson.

The Marlins open on April 1 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium. Nolasco is on pace to pitch on April 2.

Worth noting:

* Anibal Sanchez threw his bullpen session on Saturday, and all went well with his bruised right shin/calf area. Sanchez was struck by a comeback grounder on Thursday. Initially, he was supposed to test the leg on Sunday, but he threw on Saturday instead.

Sanchez has been cleared to start against the Rays on Tuesday in Port Charlotte. If for some reason he can’t make the start, Sean West is a likely fallback option. But the team fully expects Sanchez to be ready to go.

* Mike Stanton did some light running with the team on Sunday morning. He still isn’t pushing his strained right quad. The hope is Stanton can be used as a designated hitter later this week in Minor League games. Rodriguez is hopeful Stanton can play in Grapefruit League games the final week of Spring Training. So it may be doubtful the 21-year-old is playing with the big league club before March 26.

* Wes Helms (sore shoulder) is available to be a designated hitter, but he isn’t doing much throwing.

Joe Frisaro

Helms resting sore shoulder

Veteran Wes Helms, who made the trip to Port St. Lucie on Friday, was scratched due to a sore right shoulder.

Helms initially was scheduled to play third base and hit fifth. He was replaced by Ruben Gotay.

Also before the game, manager Edwin Rodriguez noted that the team would know more on Sunday if Anibal Sanchez will make his next start.

Sanchez suffered a bruise to the side of his right shin after he was hit with a comeback liner on Thursday afternoon.

Joe Frisaro

Short takes from Edwin

From manager Edwin Rodriguez’s morning media session:

* Mike Stanton is taking live batting practice on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium. Stanton still isn’t doing any running drills, as he recovers from his strained right quad.

* Chris Coghlan is making his first back-to-back start of Spring Training, as he was in center field for the second straight day. The team is in the process of increasing Coghlan’s workload as he gets into playing shape after missing the second half of 2010 with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

* Closer Leo Nunez continues to impress. Rodriguez said that Nunez’s slider is becoming a plus pitch, to go along with his fastball and changeup.

* The pitching rotation for the next few days: Elih Villanueva will be starting against the Tigers in Lakeland on Tuesday. Javier Vazquez will face the Nationals on Wednesday in Jupiter. The Marlins play in the day and night on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. Anibal Sanchez will pitch in the afternoon against the Mets, and Sean West will make his first start at night against the Tigers.

* Rodriguez on Matt Dominguez, the frontrunner for the starting third base job: “He is walking and playing like he belongs here. That’s good to see.”

Joe Frisaro

Still weighing rotation options

JUPITER, Fla. — Javier Vazquez pitched effectively on Friday, but did the veteran secure the No. 3 spot in the Marlins’ rotation?

It’s still too early to tell.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says the team has an idea on how they will line up their starting five, but the exact order is still subject to change.

Aside from Josh Johnson pitching on Opening Night against the Mets, there still is uncertainty.

Ricky Nolasco projects to be the No. 2 starter, going on April 2 at Sun Life Stadium. But Nolasco has yet to pitch in a Grapefruit League game because of a bruised right thumb. The right-hander threw off the mound on Friday, and the session went well. He next will have a bullpen session on Sunday.

The target date for Nolasco to be in a game is March 13 versus the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. If he makes that start, he would be lined up to pitch on April 2.

Should Nolasco not be ready to open the season, then Vazquez appears to be the frontrunner to pitch the second game. Otherwise, Vazquez and Anibal Sanchez are choices for the third and fourth spots, with Chris Volstad as the fifth starter.

If Johnson and Nolasco line up one and two, then Vazquez is the likely candidate to pitch the third game.

“We’re going to wait and see,” Rodriguez said. “We keep saying we have an idea. But we’re going to wait and see how everything develops in Spring Training. Right now, we have an idea. We haven’t seen Ricky on the mound yet. As soon as we see Ricky on the mound and how he feels, we’ll have a better idea.”

Joe Frisaro

Starting pitching stepping up

It’s hard to draw too much from early exhibition game starts. But so far, so good when it comes to Florida’s starting pitchers.

Anibal Sanchez was effective in his two-inning stint on Monday in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Sanchez gave up a solo homer to Lance Berkman, but the way he was throwing the ball was encouraging. His fastball was regularly at 92 mph, and he topped out at 93 mph at a time pitchers are building up arm strength.

“Anibal Sanchez threw some very good pitches,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “I think he hung two breaking balls. But other than that, Anibal Sanchez was very good. He was hitting his spots.”

Sanchez said he objective was to concentrate on first-pitch strikes.

“I got behind a couple of batters,” the right-hander said. “I was just working on keeping the ball down. My changeup was working good today. My curveball was a little bit off. My fastball had good location.”

Sanchez’s solid start followed up a strong two-inning performance on Sunday by Javier Vazquez, who retired all six batters he faced against the University of Miami.

Because Vazquez’s velocity dipped in 2010 when he was with the Yankees, his arm strength is being closely monitored in Spring Training.

Vazquez was clocked at 88 mph on Sunday, and that’s where he was regularly throwing a year ago in New York.

The team has no cause for alarm because Vazquez is still building up his arm strength, which takes several weeks in Spring Training. 

More than velocity, the team was impressed with the movement on his pitches, and the veteran’s ability to change speeds. In his 14th big league season, Vazquez likely will rely on pitching savvy in 2011.

Vazquez needed 21 pitches, with 15 strikes to retired the side in order twice on Sunday. To get some extra work, he threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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