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Rivera a catching option

Injuries have created a catching need for the Marlins.

Brett Hayes has a separated left shoulder, and on Friday, John Baker is undergoing Tommy John surgery.

To help address the ssituation, Mike Rivera, who has big league experience, has been signed to a Minor League contract. Rivera is at Triple-A New Orleans. He could join the Marlins at any time.

Brad Davis and Chris Hatcher are handling catching duties now for Florida.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hatcher, Sosa called up

The first wave of September call-ups have arrived. Right now, there are only a couple of additions.

On Wednesday, the first day of September call-ups, the Marlins selected the contracts of catcher Chris Hatcher and right-handed reliever Jorge Sosa from Triple-A New Orleans.

Hatcher, who opened the season at Double-A Jacksonville, promises to see some playing time now that Brett Hayes has an injured left shoulder.

Hayes was hurt during a collision at home plate with Nyjer Morgan in the 10th inning of Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Nationals.

Hayes is expected to be out a while, meaning Brad Davis will get a bulk of the starts.

Hatcher enjoyed a 3-for-4 night at the plate on Tuesday night for New Orleans. Overall, he’s appeared in 101 games, and his batting average is .197 with five homers and 36 RBIs. For New Orleans, he appeared in 17 games and was batting .167.

Sosa, meanwhile, was 5-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 23 games, with nine starts, at New Orleans. He has been with the Marlins a couple of times already this season. In 10 big league appearances, he is 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins in market for a catcher

Bullpen won’t be the only area the Marlins plan to address in the offseason.

The organization is strongly considering moving in another direction at catcher. Ronny Paulino recently was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s substance abuse policy.

This year, Paulino made $1.1 million. Through arbitration, he projects to see his salary increase to about $3 million in 2011.

Due to the suspension, he is out for the remainder of the season. The organization is cautious about wanting to pay $3 million to a player coming off a suspension. So they will be exploring other catching options.

If Paulino were to return, it would be at a marked down price.

The other catcher the Marlins expected to have this year faces the strong possibility of arm surgery.

John Baker, projected to get majority of the playing time this season, has been on the disabled list since mid-May. Baker visited a doctor on Monday, and chances are likely that he will be undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

Because of the situations with Paulino and Baker, the Marlins have made finding catching help a high priority. Adding catching help is up there with solidifying the bullpen.

Paulino played in 91 games and he batted .259 with four homers and 37 RBIs.

While he was especially solid in May and June, his numbers dropped significantly as he was playing every day. In June, he batted .287, and followed that up with a .174 batting average in July. In August, he appeared in 12 games, and was hitting .171 in the month when he was suspended.

Rookies Brett Hayes and Brad Davis are currently handling the catching duties.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Braves Sunday lineups

Josh Johnson takes the mound on Sunday as the Marlins look to take the series with the Braves at Turner Field.

The teams split the first two games in Atlanta. Derek Lowe will pitch for the Braves.

Cameron Maybin was given a day off to get Emilio Bonifacio some playing time.

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Eric Hinske, 1B

6) Alex Gonzalez, SS

7) Melky Cabrera, LF

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Derek Lowe, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins open crucial series

After taking two of three from the Mets in New York, the Marlins are two games above .500 as they open a three game series at Atlanta.

The Marlins are 8 1/2 in back of the Braves in the NL East, and they’re six games out in the Wild Card chase.

“The way I see it, and pretty much the way the whole team sees it, every game is important to us, regardless of it we play the Braves or any other team,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “We had a very good series in New York. I think we have the momentum going our way. This is the time, we’re playing the teams that are ahead of us.

“If we have a very good series here, we’re going to start putting some pressure on the teams above us.”

MARLINS

1) Cameron Maybin, CF
2) Logan Morrison, LF
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Dan Uggla, 2B
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Chad Tracy, 3B
7) Emilio Bonifacio, RF
8) Brad Davis, C
9) Chris Volstad, P

BRAVES

1) Omar Infante, 2B
2) Jason Heyward, RF
3) Martin Prado, 3B
4) Brian McCann, C
5) Derrek Lee, 1B
6) Eric Hinske, LF
7) Alex Gonzalez, SS
8) Rick Ankiel, CF
9) Tommy Hanson, P

– Joe Frisaro

Tracy signed as free agent

With doubt that Chris Coghlan will play again for the Marlins this season, the team made a move on Thursday to add depth to their third base position.

Chad Tracy, 30, was signed as a free agent. The veteran infielder, who broke in with Arizona in 2004, appeared in 28 games for the Cubs this season.

Tracy adds another left-handed bat to the lineup. And he can split time at third base with Wes Helms.

The Marlins plan on converting Coghlan to third base. But Coghlan is on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and it is unclear if he will play again this season.

Tracy batted .250 in 44 at-bats with the Cubs this year. He last played in the big leagues on June 24.

To make room for Tracy, outfielder Bryan Petersen was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

In another move that was made official on Thursday, catcher Brett Hayes was re-instated off the disabled list, and catcher Brad Davis was optioned to New Orleans.

– Joe Frisaro

Coghlan back in lineup

Out since the sixth inning on Saturday because of a sore lower back, Chris Coghlan is in the starting lineup for the Marlins on Wednesday.

The Marlins and Rockies play their third of four games at Sun Life Stadium. Ricky Nolasco is getting the start. Catcher Brad Davis is making his MLB debut.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Robertson designated for assignment

A day after his toughest outing of the season, Nate Robertson was designated for assignment.

Coming off a 10-0 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night, Robertson allowed a season most eight runs, with seven earned over five innings.

Robertson was 6-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 19 games, including 18 starts. He threw 100 1/3 innings.

The Marlins acquired Robertson from the Tigers for lefty prospect Jay Voss towards the end of Spring Training.

The Marlins also placed catcher Brett Hayes on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion.

Right-hander Jorge Sosa and catcher Brad Davis each had their contracts selected from Triple-A New Orleans.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Roster moves

Three more players were sent down on Friday.

Reassigned to Minor League camp were reliever Henry Owens, outfielder John Raynor and catcher Brad Davis.

With Davis being sent down, that leaves three catchers in camp.

John Baker will handle the starting role. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the backup position remains wide open. Mike Rabelo and Brett Hayes are in contention.

– Joe Frisaro

Cousins' cannon

Remember the name: Scott Cousins.

The Marlins outfield prospect is a left-handed thrower and hitter. In the system, his throwing arm is considered to be on par with Brett Carroll as the strongest in the organzation.

Cousins showed off his arm in the first inning on Thursday against the Orioles. With the bases full and one out, Lou Montanez lifted a fly ball to right field. Getting in good throwing position, Cousins made the catch and then uncorked a seed to home plate. His one-hop throw was handled by catcher Brad Davis, who applied an easy tag on Luke Scott, who was out by a wide margin trying to tag from third.

Cousins showed some speed in the second inning, stealing second base.

– Joe Frisaro

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