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Carroll strains left oblique

In batting practice, Brett Carroll felt some discomfort.

Not wanting to give up a start in right field, however, the Marlins outfielder stayed in the game. But after it was clear that something was wrong during his at-bat in the second inning, Carroll was replaced.

Shortly afterwards, the team announced that Carroll is hampered with a left oblique strain.

091209carroll1_t300.jpgThe injury actually occurred in batting practice before the Marlins lost, 4-1, to the Twins at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

“In my last round of BP, I just felt a little aching,” Carroll said. “My first swing of my first at-bat, I fouled the ball off and I didn’t feel right.”

Carroll ended up striking out, and before the bottom of the second inning started, Bryan Petersen went to right field.

“I’d never experienced this before,” Carroll said. “I’ve never experienced an oblique. It’s mild. We’ll see. It’s one of those things I can’t control.”

With Opening Day slated for April 5, the timing of Carroll’s injury jeopardizes his chances of being on the team when camp concludes.

Carroll is in the mix for an outfield reserve job. A terrific defender, with one of the strongest outfield throwing arms in the game, Carroll has not been a lock to make the club.

For a while the team has considered carrying both Emilio Bonifacio and Brian Barden. Both are natural infielders who can play outfield. Bonifacio will make the team as a super utility player, capable of playing infield and center field.

Barden has enjoyed a strong Spring Training, and he is a candidate to be a backup infielder who also can play corner outfield.

Carroll, meanwhile, his batting .267 with three home runs and six RBIs in 30 Grapefruit League at-bats.

“It’s not near the rib, which is supposed to be ok,” Gonzalez said. “It’s still going to be a couple of days. I wouldn’t know until that thing settles down.”

— Joe Frisaro


Lineups vs. Braves on Wednesday

The Marlins will face the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Back in the lineup for the first time since March 7 is Cameron Maybin, who is slated to play center field. Maybin has been out with a strained left groing. Jorge Cantu, out since Saturday with flu-like symptoms, also is scheduled to play.

Today’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Florida.








1) Nate McLouth, CF

2) Martin Prado, 2B

3) Chipper Jones, 3B

4) Troy Glaus, 1B

5) Brian McCann, C

6) Yunel Escobar, SS

7) Jason Heyward, RF

8) Matt Diaz, LF

9) Tommy Hanson, P







1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Logan Morrison, 1B

6) Hector Luna, 2B

7) Bryan Petersen, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Andrew Miller, P

— Joe Frisaro


Ross, Maybin play catch

When the Marlins took the field for morning workouts at Roger Dean Stadium, among the group stretching were Cameron Maybin and Cody Ross.

That’s an encouraging sign considering both are dealing with left groin strains.

codycam1a.jpgAt this point, neither of them are running. But they will do some throwing. The hope, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, is they will miss “five or six days” and not five or six weeks.

Maybin was injured on Sunday while rounding third base and scoring a run against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Ross, meanwhile, tweaked his groin during warmups on Monday before the Marlins faced the Mets. The right fielder had been nursing a sore right thumb, which is feeling considerably better.

Ross took batting practice on the field and then hit in the cage. Maybin, meanwhile, threw but didn’t bat. He says he will do some batting on Wednesday.

Ross may test his legs by doing some light jogging on Wednesday.

With Ross and Maybin out, the Marlins are giving plenty of outfield opportunity to prospects in camp. Jai Miller started in center field on Tuesday against the Red Sox, and Bryan Petersen was in right field.

Catcher John Baker is expected to begin throwing on Wednesday. He’s been out with a right forearm muscle strain. On Monday, Baker took some swings off a tee on Monday.

Derrick Turnbow, out with a sore right shoulder, threw 33 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

Hampered by some tendinitis, the veteran right-hander is hoping to play in a game either on Friday or Saturday. He says he needs about seven or eight innings of work in Spring Training to be ready for the season.

Signed to a Minor League contract, Turnbow has an out clause that kicks in on April 1. If he feels he isn’t part of the team’s plans by that date, he could opt out and become a free agent.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo credit to Kelly Gavin/Florida Marlins)



Lineup vs. Red Sox

The Marlins will face the Red Sox today at 1:05 p.m. ET, with Anibal Sanchez taking the mound for Florida against Tim Wakefield.

The game at Roger Dean Stadium is sold out.


hanley1.jpg1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Bryan Petersen, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Jai Miller, RF

7) Mike Lamb, 1B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P


josh-beckett5.jpg1) Jacoby Ellsbury, DH

2) Bill Hall, 3B

3) Jeremy Hermida, LF

4) Lars Anderson, 1B

5) Josh Reddick, RF

6) Ryan Kalish, CF

7) Jed Lowrie, 2B

8) Dusty Brown, C

9) Yamaico Navarro, SS

Tim Wakefield, P

— Joe Frisaro


Maybin exits with groin strain

Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin suffered a left leg groin strain while running the bases in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon.

Maybin was injured while racing from first to home on Donnie Murphy’s two-run double in the eighth inning against the Cardinals.

maybinhurt.jpgProjected as the Marlins center fielder, Maybin pulled up close to home plate, and hobbled across the plate.

Scott Cousins replaced Maybin in center field.

The 22-year-old Maybin is projected to bat second in the regular season. He was hitting leadoff on Sunday.

“The next couple of days I’m definitely going to be in here early,” Maybin said of getting treatment. “I feel good, and I have to keep that good timing. My timing feels good. I need to be in that lineup to get those at-bats.

“I guess we’re going to wait and see. I don’t think it’s that big to get an MRI. I pulled up, I think on time, where it didn’t really pop. It was more of a pull than a pop. I hope, two, three, four days, I’ll be fine.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he likely will keep Cody Ross in right field, instead of move him to center field to replace Maybin. The Marlins have a number of prospects who can play center, like Cousins, Jai Miller and Bryan Petersen.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo courtesy: Denis Bancroft/Florida Marlins)


Sunday lineup vs. Cardinals

Cameron Maybin will be leading off for the first time in Spring Training, as manager Fredi Gonzalez shuffles his roster.

The Marlins face the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium.

Still not ready for game action are Cody Ross (sore right thumb) and John Baker (strained forearm muscle). Ross expects to take batting practice on Sunday. Baker is on no throw schedule and likely won’t play in a game at least until mid week.


Florida_Marlins_logo.gif1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Donnie Murphy, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Brett Carroll, RF

7) Bryan Petersen, LF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Sean West, P


cardinalslogo1a.gif1) Julio Lugo, SS

2) Felipe Lopez, 2B

3) Ryan Ludwick, RF

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Yadier Molina, C

6) David Freese, 3B

7) Nick Stavinoha, DH

8) Joe Mather, 1B

9) Shane Robinson, CF

Pitching — Kyle McClellan

— Joe Frisaro


Recap from Thursday

The opening of their Grapefruit League season was an eventful one for the Marlins.

On a chilly 61-degree afternoon, the Marlins defeated the Nationals, 10-4, at Roger Dean Stadium.

anibal3aa.jpgAnibal Sanchez pitched two innings, giving up one run, while throwing 41 pitches. A radar gun reading had the 26-year-old right-hander topping out at 90 mph. For this time of year, before pitchers build up more arm strength, that’s pretty good.

A native of Maracay, Venezuela, Sanchez grew up playing in extremely hot conditions. A typical day would be pitching in 98 or more degree weather.

Thursday’s chilly conditions reminded Sanchez of when he pitched in Portland, Maine, in the Red Sox system in 2005.

“In ’05, I pitched in Portland, Maine,” Sanchez said. “Cold. We made it to the finals, and it was really cold.”

These chilly days may end up helping the Marlins prepare for their first series of the season. Florida opens at the Mets in Citi Field on April 5.

Trip to Port St. Lucie:  On Friday, the Marlins face the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Not making the trip will be Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla. Some of the players who are traveling are Chris Coghlan, Jorge Cantu, John Baker, Cameron Maybin, Jorge Jimenez, Matt Dominguez, Bryan Petersen and Mike Stanton.

High on Jimenez: Manager Fredi Gonzalez repeated on Thursday what he’s said for a while, Jimenez could make the club as the regular third baseman, if he surprises in Spring Training. The Rule 5 pickup, was obtained by the Marlins in December to complete the Matt Lindstrom trade to Houston.

If Jimenez shows he can hit, and no winner emerges in the first base competition between Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez, the Marlins may use another option. In that scenario, Cantu would flip back to first base, and Jimenez could go to third.

“Who knows, Jimenez might win the job, we have that kind of flexibility,” Gonzalez said. “Let’s not put it out of the realm of possibility. If he plays well, we could put him at third and Jorge at first. It fits.”

Maybin’s area for improvement:  Asked to rate Cameron Maybin’s defense, Gonzalez said: “Average.”

Noting that Maybin is not a finished product, Gonzalez says the 22-year-old needs more work on his throwing and getting better reads on fly balls.

“Right now, his breaks on balls, he catches up because of his speed,” Gonzalez said. “You want him to be able to read balls, and then the speed is there. For example, [Brett] Carroll and Cody Ross not as fast as Maybin, but they’re pretty fundamentally sound, and they get [good] breaks and reads on balls.”

Odds and ends:  Donnie Murphy had two hits and four RBIs in Thursday’s win. Bryan Petersen went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. The Marlins were held hitless through three innings before Petersen opened the fourth with a homer. … During his start against the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday, Ricky Nolasco’s fastball reached 91 mph. He mainly in the 88-90 range, normal for now. … Outfield prospect Jai Miller is someone to keep an eye on as Spring Training progresses. He has upside and terrific athletic ability.

— Joe Frisaro





Lineup vs. Nationals

The Marlins are opening their Grapefruit League schedule on Thursday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

The Marlins lineup:

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

Florida_Marlins_logo.gif2) Bryan Petersen, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Logan Morrison, 1B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P


Prezraces.jpg1) Willie Harris, 2B

2) Ian Desmond, SS

3) Ivan Rodriguez, C

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Mike Morse, LF

6) Justin Maxwell, CF

7) Eric Bruntlett, 3B

8) Jerry Owens, RF

9) J.D. Martin, P


On Friday, the Marlins travel to Port St. Lucie to take on the Mets. Jorge Cantu, who didn’t start on Thursday, likely will be heading to Port St. Lucie.

— Joe Frisaro


Petersen, Dominguez in All-Star Game

A couple of potential future stars — or at least big league contributors — will be showcased on Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League.

Third baseman Matt Dominguez and outfielder Bryan Petersen have been selected to the East squad in the Rising Stars Showcase, which will be played at Surprise Stadium in Arizona.

The game, which starts at 8:15 p.m. ET, will be televised on the MLB Network. A live video feed also will be available on

In all 50 prospects will be on the two rosters.

All the Marlins prospects in Arizona are playing for the Mesa team.

Dominguez, 20, was the Marlins first-round pick in 2007. Petersen was selected in the fourth round that year.

Dominguez and Petersen were part of Double-A Jacksonville’s Southern League championship squad. Most likely, both will be in Spring Training with the Marlins.

Nationals prize prospect, Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, will also be on the East team.

The compete rosters are here:

— Joe Frisaro


White Sox claim De Aza

With so many outfield prospects in their system, Alejandro De Aza got caught in a numbers game.

The Marlins didn’t have a priority to retain the 25-year-old, who now will be getting an opportunity to play elsewhere.

The White Sox on Wednesday claimed De Aza off waivers.

At Triple-A New Orleans, De Aza batted .300 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. He also appeared in 22 games for the Marlins, and he had 20 at-bats, batting .250 with a double and three RBIs.

Injuries hurt De Aza in recent years.

De Aza won the starting center field job in Spring Training of 2007, but early in the season he suffered an ankle injury that limited him to 45 games that year. He missed all of 2008 due to injury.

The Marlins are projecting Cameron Maybin will be their Opening Day center fielder. The team also has Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Coghlan in left field.

The Marlins also have outfield prospects John Raynor, Scott Cousins, Jai Miller and Bryan Petersen, who is in the Arizona Fall League.

Florida’s top prospect is outfielder Michael Stanton, a 19-year-old also getting some extra work this fall in Arizona.

— Joe Frisaro