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Marlins to again visit troops

Logan Morrison and Wes Helms will be among the contingent of Marlins traveling overseas to visit the troops in early 2011.

For the second straight year, the Marlins will be spending time and supporting those serving in the armed forces. The trip will be from Feb. 3-11.

A year ago, John Baker and Chris Coghlan were among the group that traveled to Iraq and Kuwait.

Also scheduled to make the trip are Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, David Samson and three Marlins Mermaids.

More details on the upcoming visit will be forthcoming, and will once again provide extensive coverage of the trip.

— Joe Frisaro


Stanton showcases strong arm

Mike Stanton has created plenty of attention with his bat. The 20-year-old rookie right fielder has 20 home runs since arriving to the big leagues on June 8.

During the first two games in Milwaukee, though, Stanton has made an impact with his arm. On Friday night, he threw out two runners, giving him three assists thus far in the series.

In his first 89 big league games, Stanton now leads all Marlins outfielders in assists with nine.

Stanton’s surge moved him past Chris Coghlan, who had seven in 90 games before he was sidelined with season-ending knee surgery.

As a team, the Marlins have had 35 outfield assists this year. Cody Ross had six assists, while Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison each have four. Emilio Bonifacio has three, while Brett Carroll added two.

In terms of team history, Stanton’s nine assists ties him with Todd Dunwoody (1998) for the fourth most by a Marlins’ rookie outfielder.

Stanton is now closing in on Preston Wilson, who is third on the team list with10 in 1999. Jeff Conine is second with 11 in 1993.

Still, don’t look for Stanton to challenge the club rookie record. 

The Marlins all-time mark for rookie outfield assists has stood for 12 years, and it should remain for a while longer. In 1998, Mark Kotsay posted 20 assists, which also is an overall franchise record.

— Joe Frisaro

Sinkbeil recalled from New Orleans

Brett Sinkbeil, the Marlins first-round pick in 2006, has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.

This will mark the Major League debut for Sinkbeil, a 25-year-old right-hander who appeared in 58 games for the Zephyrs.

Formerly a starter, Sinkbeil has been used in relief this year. He posted a 3-3 record with a 5.71 ERA, stricking out 56 while walking 31.

Sinkbeil attended Missouri State, and he was picked in the first round of the same Draft the Marlins selected Chris Coghlan.

— Joe Frisaro


Will Hanley return to hitting third?

When Chris Coghlan went on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee, Hanley Ramirez moved from batting third to leading off.

Now that Cameron Maybin has rejoined the team, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is considering getting Ramirez back to the third spot in the lineup.

If all goes well, it could occur this week. The key, Rodriguez says, is Maybin.

Brought up from Triple-A New Orleans now that Cody Ross is with the Giants, Maybin batted seventh on Tuesday at New York.

If Maybin makes consistent contact, look for him to eventually slide to the leadoff spot.

Rodriguez feels Ramirez is best suited to bat third, ahead of Dan Uggla.

The possible lineup by the end of the week could be Maybin (CF), Logan Morrison (LF), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Dan Uggla (2B), Mike Stanton (RF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Wes Helms (3B), Brett Hayes (C) and then the pitcher.

— Joe Frisaro


Nolasco has torn medial meniscus

Ricky Nolasco has been scratched from his start on Sunday with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

Andrew Miller will get the start in his place in the series finale with the Astros.

As of now, Nolasco isn’t going on the disabled list. The team will see if he will miss just one start.

“We’re going to wait and see, he’s going to miss one start,” manager Edwin Rodriguez told reporters after the game.

There is a chance he could go on the disabled list.

Best case scenario is Nolasco will miss one start and be ready to go on Saturday at Atlanta.

The right-hander is 14-8 with a 4.22 ERA.

In his last start, a win on Aug. 17 at Pittsburgh, Nolasco threw six-plus scoreless innings. In that game, he did some running on the bases as he had an RBI double and a run-scoring single.

Recently, Chris Coghlan underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The medial meniscus is inside the knee. Players commonly have played through the injury, which is to cartilage in the knee.

Miller recently was called up to add a second lefty to the bullpen. The 25-year-old last started in the big leagues on July 19, 2009 against the Phillies.

— Joe Frisaro

Coghlan undergoing surgery

Chris Coghlan’s season is over.

The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The procedure will be performed by Marlins physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, on Wednesday.

Recovery time is four to eight weeks.

Coghlan’s sophomore year in the big leagues ends with a .268 batting average and .335 on-base percentage.

It was a rough season for the 25-year-old, who will be converting from left field to third base when Spring Training for 2011 opens.

Coghlan suffered the knee injury during a postgame celebration after the Marlins beat the Braves on July 25.

Wes Helms delivered the walk-off hit that day, and the team rejoiced.

While Helms was being interviewed, Coghlan leaped to smash a towel full of shaving cream into his teammate’s face. He landed awkwardly on his knee, and went on the disabled list the next day.

Earlier in his season, Coghlan dealt with a sore oblique after making a diving catch against the Reds on April 13. Shortly after the All-Star Break, he bruised his ribs while making a diving catch against the Nationals.

He missed some games after each incident.

The Marlins were planning on switching Coghlan to third base after Jorge Cantu was traded. That transition is expected next year.

— 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

Debut in review

Heckled and a hit all in one night.

Logan Morrison achieved a couple of firsts in the Marlins 6-4 loss on Tuesday night to the Giants.

The 22-year-old, who is one of the highest ranked players in the game, made his Major League debut. 

With one out in the fourth inning, Morrison delivered his first MLB hit, slapping a single to center field off Matt Cain. As is tradition, the ball was tossed into the Marlins dugout as a souvenir. 

Morrison plans on giving the ball to his father.

“I’ll give it to my dad, he’s helped me a lot through the years,” Morrison said.

Morrison is making a quick adjustment to the big leagues, taking over in left field on a full-time basis now that Chris Coghlan is on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

A natural first baseman, Morrison has been on a crash course learning to play the outfield because Gaby Sanchez has secured first base.

As part of his transition to the outfield, Morrison worked in previous weeks with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. He also worked with team special assistant Jeff Conine, and Tarrik Brock, now the Marlins outfield coach.

Morrison said he didn’t think about keeping the bat he used for his first hit. On his third plate appearance, his bat broke, and he gave it to a kid in the stands.

The Marlins now have three rookies in their every day lineup — Morrison, Sanchez and Mike Stanton.

On his first day in the big leagues, Morrison still had a blue New Orleans Zephyrs bag. 

The fact that it took him two at-bats to get his first hit was a bit of a relief.

“To get that out of the way was nice,” Morrison said. “Maybe I can trade [my Zephyrs bag] in for a Marlins’ bag. That will be sweet.”

In left field, Morrison has already endured some heckling from fans, which is common for outfielders in visiting ballpark.

Morrison said the fans at AT@T Park had a chant for him.

“They’d yell — What’s wrong with Morrison? He’s a bum,” Morrison said.

Some fans greeted him with: “Go back to Triple-A.”

— Joe Frisaro




Marlins revamped lineup

With Chris Coghlan on the disabled list, the Marlins lineup has been reshuffled.

Hanley Ramirez is leading off on Tuesday, for the second time this season. Ramirez led off previously on June 6 at New York Mets. Logan Morrison, who is making his MLB debut, is batting second, and Gaby Sanchez is assuming the third spot.

The Marlins will send Josh Johnson to the mound against San Francisco’s Matt Cain.







1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Wes Helms, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Josh Johnson, P









1) Andres Torres, RF

2) Freddy Sanchez, 2B

3) Aubrey Huff, LF

4) Buster Posey, C

5) Juan Uribe, 3B

6) Travis Ishikawa, 1B

7) Aaron Rowand, CF

8) Edgar Renteria, SS

9) Matt Cain, P


— Joe Frisaro


Celebration gone sour

A simple jump for joy has landed Chris Coghlan on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career.

coghlaninjury.jpgThe Marlins 25-year-old left fielder was placed on the 15-day DL following Monday night’s win at San Francisco with a torn meniscus in his left knee. If surgery is required, Coghlan will be out six to eight weeks. So being lost for the remainder of the season is possible, but that has yet to be determined.

The frustration of the injury stems from the fact it occurred during a postgame celebration. After Wes Helms’ walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning beat the Braves on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, Helms was doing a postgame TV interview on the field.

As has become a tradition of late, the hero of the game gets a good-natured shaving cream pie to the face. Coghlan made a high leap in the air to get Helms, and he went landed, he hurt his knee.

“As I jumped, I landed on my knee wrong, and that’s how I got injured,” Coghlan said. “Surgery is a possibility. We haven’t gone that path yet.”

The Marlins won four games during their homestand in walk-off fashion. They were so common that the team had a can of shaving cream ready in the storage room behind the dugout. In the room is a batting tee and players commonly go there to get ready for at-bats.

“It’s just one of those freak things,” Helms said. “You kind of take it hard. I know he does for it to happen that way. It’s one of those things, where you’re kind of like in the wrong place at the wrong time. It just happened. I don’t think it even sunk in to everybody yet.”

The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, Coghlan is one of the most respected and liked players on the team. Since he broke into the big leagues a year ago, Helms has taken him under his wing.

Coghlan and outfielder Brett Carroll, who is now in Triple-A New Orleans, began calling Helms, “Uncle Wes” because he is a veteran leader on a young squad.

It’s not the first time Coghlan has gotten Helms with shaving cream to the face. After a walk-off win in ’09, Coghlan and Carroll each shared the honors in a postgame celebration.

After Coghlan’s injury, manager Edwin Rodriguez addressed the team, saying that post-game pie celebrations are now off limits.

“He’s a very important part of this team,” pitcher Ricky Nolasco said of Coghlan. “All you can do is hope for a speedy recovery. It’s just unfortunate that something like that happens after your spirits are so high after a game. It’s just real unfortunate.”

Coghlan hopes his injury serves as a lesson to other players.

“We need to be a little bit more aware,” Coghlan said. “This is a game of emotions. There is nothing wrong with that. You just need to be a little smarter when you celebrate.

“I’ve been very blessed to not go on the DL before or not have too many injuries in my life. That’s why this is humbling. I’ve played through things. I’ve always prided myself on going out there and continuing to play, and help the team win, if I can play. But this is something I can’t play on.”

As satisfying as it is to win in dramatic fashion, the Marlins are now braced to be without a key player for at least a couple of weeks, and likely longer.

“If you look back at it, you’re glad you had the celebration, but you wish it could have been different,” Helms said.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo courtesy of Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins)