Results tagged ‘ Chris Coghlan ’

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

Dominguez has stomach virus

JUPITER, Fla. — The stomach virus that has gone around Marlins camp has caught up to Matt Dominguez.

The 21-year-old third baseman was sent home on Tuesday morning. In recent days, Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez, Brett Hayes and John Baker each have dealt with flu-like symptoms.

Dominguez is battling for the third base job, and he’s been struggling of late.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said a decision should be made on the third base job by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Dominguez is scheduled to make the trip to Lake Buena Vista on Wednesday to face the Braves.

While the Marlins would like to see Dominguez’s defense in the lineup, Rodriguez said: “We’re not going to force the situation.”

Other items of note from Edwin’s morning media session:

* Mike Stanton and Chris Coghlan are both playing the outfield in Minor League games on Tuesday. Both are expected to play for the Marlins on Thursday against the Red Sox.

Rodriguez sounds confident that both will be ready for the April 1 Opening Night game with the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

* Josh Johnson should throw 85-90 pitches on Tuesday against the Twins. Ryan Webb, Leo Nunez and Mike Dunn also are expected to pitch.

* Greg Dobbs is making his first start in the outfield on Tuesday, getting action in right field. Dobbs is a frontrunner to win the lefty bat off the bench job.

* Emilio Bonifacio, while a candidate to play either second or third base if Dominguez doesn’t make the team, also is an option in center field if Coghlan isn’t ready for Opening Day.

* Donnie Murphy is certainly in the mix to play third base.

* Rodriguez added that the final days of camp should be interesting because cuts made by other clubs could impact the Marlins. For instance, Florida may look to pick up a player or two who are released from other camps.

Joe Frisaro

Stanton, Coghlan updates

JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton will once again be in Minor League games on Sunday as they move closer to being ready for the season opener.

Coghlan (sore right shoulder) is expected to play seven innings in center field and get five plate appearances.

Stanton (strained right quad) will again be used as a designated hitter, but he is moving closer to being ready to play the outfield. In recent days, the 21-year-old right fielder has been doing running and agility drills with no discomfort.

He could be playing in the outfield in Minor League games as early as Tuesday. If that goes well, Stanton may be playing in a Grapefruit League game as soon as Thursday against the Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium.

An important date for injured players is Tuesday (March 22), because that’s the day that factors into when a player is placed on the disabled list retroactively. So the Marlins will ask themselves whether they should keep Coghlan playing in Minor League games after Tuesday, because that gives them flexibility.

If a player opens the season on the DL retroactively to March 22, he can be eligible for reinstatement as early as April 7, instead of missing the first 15 days of the season.

To be on the DL retroactively, a player can play in Minor League games, but he can’t appear in Grapefruit or Cactus League games after March 22.

A year ago, the Marlins faced the same situation with Cody Ross, who had a hamstring injury. Ross played in Minor League games until the end of Spring Training, and the team then determined he was ready to play on Opening Day.

If he wasn’t, he could have been placed on the DL retroactively, and missed about five or six games.

Joe Frisaro

Infante is fine, Wise ready for Friday

Marlins second baseman Omar Infante received a scare in the seventh inning on Thursday when he was struck in the left elbow by a fastball.

Infante was plunked by St. Louis right-hander Jason Motte, and he left the game.

It appears that the second baseman will be fine. He was hit on the protective elbow pad that covered his elbow.

Although Infante immediately left the game, he could be back in the lineup on Friday. Manager Edwin Rodriguez noted that the second baseman was going to be lifted for a pinch runner that inning anyway.

If Infante gets Friday off, Rodriguez said, it likely will be because he was just being given a breather.

Outfielder Dewayne Wise, a non-roster invitee, informed Rodriguez on Thursday that he has a minor toe bruise. It’s nothing serious, and chances are he will be available on Friday.

Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday.

The Marlins have Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton playing in Minor League games as they recover from their ailments.

Both had five at-bats. Stanton (right quad strain) had three hits, including a double, and he didn’t play the field. Stanton was pinch-run for after reaching base.

Coghlan (right shoulder tendinitis) played center field and had three fly balls hit to him. He didn’t do any strenuous throwing. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a walk.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup vs. Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. — Plans to start Chris Coghlan in center field in back-to-back Grapefruit League have been scrapped.

Due to tendinitis and inflammation in his right shoulder, Coghlan will be playing in Minor League games for at least a while. Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Initially, manager Edwin Rodriguez was set to go with another lineup, which included a number of backups. But Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez all approached the manager and said they wanted to play, and an adjustment was made.

“The regular players all came in and said they wanted to play,” Rodriguez said. “That was good to see.”

Josh Johnson will be making the start for the Marlins. Jake Westbrook is throwing for the Cardinals.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, DH
7) Matt Dominguez, 3B
8) Brett Hayes, C
9) Scott Cousins, RF

CARDINALS

1) Matt Carpenter, DH
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Lance Berkman, RF
6) David Freese, 3B
7) Dan Descalso, 2B
8) Gerald Laird, C
9) Tyler Greene, SS

Joe Frisaro

Coghlan to play Minor League games

JUPITER, Fla. — Claiming that his right shoulder isn’t fully healthy, Chris Coghlan will be playing center field in Minor League games for at least a little while.

Coghlan has been dealing with inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff, and he was attempting to play in back-to-back games in Grapefruit League action.

Beginning on Thursday, Coghlan was set to play in center on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. He will still work on the timing of his jumps and reads on balls in the outfield. But he’s been instructed not to make any strenuous throws.

Whether Coghlan will be ready for Opening Night on April 1 remains to be seen. But playing in Minor League games would give the Marlins the option to retro-active the 25-year-old on the disabled list, should he not be ready for the season opener.

“We’re going to be able to play the outfield down there,” Coghlan said. “I can still play the field, but I told [manager Edwin Rodriguez], ‘I can’t keep going out there and babying my arm.’  I’ve got to get healthy.”

Coghlan said he had an MRI on his shoulder about 10 days ago. On Wednesday, in a Grapefruit League game with Tampa Bay, there was a play that could have tested Coghlan’s shoulder.

It came in the sixth inning on Matt Joyce’s fly ball to center with Elliot Johnson on third.

Johnson didn’t tag and go, and Coghlan simply threw the ball back to the infield instead of throwing all the way to the plate.

That throw as telling, showing that Coghlan’s shoulder isn’t right.

“I could have probably made a little bit [stronger throw], but I’m not 100 percent,” Coghlan said. “I couldn’t throw it all the way home and try to throw that guy out. I told [Rodriguez], ‘I can’t just keep on going out there and doing that.’ He said, ‘I totally understand.’ “

Coghlan also is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. His knee is doing fine, as evident by the triple he hit on Wednesday.

Right now, it’s getting his arm strength ready for the season.

Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals.

Joe Frisaro

Manny in lineup vs. Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Manny Ramirez is among the Rays regulars on the travel roster to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins look to snap their eight-game Grapefruit League losing streak. Chris Volstad takes the mound for Florida, while Tampa Bay is going with Cory Wade.

RAYS

1) John Jaso, C
2) Elliot Johnson, CF
3) Manny Ramirez, DH
4) Matt Joyce, RF
5) Felipe Lopez, 3B
6) Casey Kotchman, 1B
7) Sean Rodriguez, 2B
8) Reid Brignac, SS
9) Sam Fuld, LF

MARLINS

1) Chris Coghlan, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, C
7) Wes Helms, DH
8) Matt Dominguez, 3B
9) Emilio Bonifacio, RF

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

Vazquez, Coghlan dealing with ailments

JUPITER, Fla. — Javier Vazquez has been scratched from pitching Monday due to mild elbow soreness, and Chris Coghlan is dealing with a sore right shoulder.

Mild injuries are piling up for the Marlins.

Vazquez was scheduled to face the Twins on Monday in Fort Myers. Alex Sanabia will make the start, and he is expected to throw one inning. To add pitching depth for the trip, Brad Hand and Dan Jennings are making the trip and will pitch. Both left-handers were recently sent down to Minor League camp.

Clay Hensley also is expected to pitch.

“He has mild elbow soreness, but he should be ok for his next start,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “He said he wanted to make sure that he would be ready for the regular season. He will have three more starts before the season starts, so he should be fine.”

Vazquez would be lined up to pitch on Saturday against the Cardinals.

“If something is going to happen, this is a good time to deal with that,” Rodriguez said. “At this point, we just want to make sure everybody is going to be alright for Opening Day. So that’s why we’re not taking any chances.”

As for Coghlan, the center fielder is a sore right shoulder.

It’s been bothering him for a little while, and it was made public on Sunday.

“His shoulder is not 100 percent,” Rodriguez said. “That’s normal because he didn’t have the chance to get in very good shape, throwing-wise when he was rehabbing.”

Joe Frisaro

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