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Camping out Wednesday

Some things of note on Wednesday:

* The Marlins clearly are looking for a lefty bat off the bench. Geoff Jenkins is a possibility.

* Manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed that Emilio Bonifacio will be the starting third baseman now that Dallas McPherson has been released. The move was anticipated for more than a week.

* Even though Ricky Nolasco was scratched from his start on Wednesday, Josh Johnson remains in line to start on Thursday against the Cardinals in Jupiter. Gonzalez said he is leaning towards starting catcher Ronny Paulino on Tuesday against the Nationals. Johnson is slated to pitch that day. Paulino is set to start on Thursday against the Cardinals. So he can get a trial run working with Johnson.

Johnson is expected to throw 45-50 pitches on Thursday.

* Alfredo Amezaga continues to make progress, but it is unclear if he will be ready for Opening Day. Recovering from a sprained left knee, the Marlins are being careful with Amezaga.

* Bonificio likely will lead off more against right-handed pitchers than left-handed pitchers.

* One reason McPherson was released was because the team wasn’t sure he would accept a reserve role. Gonzalez noted that was a factor, but he wouldn’t elaborate more on the subject. 

— Joe Frisaro



McPherson released

After the Marlins lost 9-2 to the Mets on Tuesday, the Marlins announced they’ve released third baseman Dallas McPherson, whom the team had been shopping around in trade speculation recently.

In other moves, outfielders Mike Ryan and Alejandro De Aza and lefty pitcher John Koronka were reassigned to Minor League camp.

— Joe Frisaro

Roster options and Andino

The final week before the regular season begins should produce a lot of activity and speculation.

Infielder Robert Andino remains on the radar of the Pirates, who have shown interest in him since the 2008 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Brian Bixler is a name that popped up as a possible trade candidate for Andino, and that still could be a deal that is made before Opening Day.

Bixler, however, has shown improvement in Spring Training, and he may have a future with the Pirates.

Andino is out of options, and if he is placed on waivers, Andino could be claimed by the Pirates, without them giving up anyone. The Marlins still are deciding if they want to retain Andino as an insurance policy for Hanley Ramirez.

There also are indications that the Marlins are shopping third baseman Dallas McPherson, who also is out of options. The team is exploring a left-handed bat off the bench.

Now the Marlins may opt to keep both Andino and/or McPherson. There are a number of possibilities that are being explored as teams look to finalize their rosters.

The Marlins are looking for lefty relief help. Pittsburgh’s Sean Burnett could be a possibility. And veteran Ron Villone was recently released by the Mets.

— Joe Frisaro

Injury updates

Dallas McPherson was back in the lineup on Thursday, seeing action as the designated hitter.

McPherson had been nursing a strained right oblique. He had five at-bats in a Triple-A game on Wednesday, and he is ready to play the field as well.

Gaby Sanchez (left knee) had three at-bats in a Minor League game on Wednesday, and he made the trip to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

Matt Lindstrom will throw off the mound for five minutes on Friday, as he recovers from a right rotator cuff strain.

Scott Proctor is in no-throw status for two more weeks as he deals with the scar tissue proble in his right elbow.

Alfredo Amezaga (left knee) was examined by the doctors on Thursday, as they decide how to begin his rehab.

— Joe Frisaro

McPherson, Sanchez working out

A couple of wounded Marlins were back on the field doing drills on Tuesday morning.

Dallas McPherson, who has been dealing with a slight right oblique strain, was working at first base. And first baseman Gaby Sanchez, hampered by a sore left knee, was fielding grounders at first base.

Before getting back into Grapefruit League games, McPherson will play in a Minor League Triple-A game, where he will bat third and get about five at-bats.

Sanchez will need a couple of more days to be ready for games.

In other injury-related news, Alfredo Amezaga will see the doctor on Thursday. He is recovering from a left knee injury, and he is currently wearing a brace. He will be re-evaluated after seeing the doctor.

Reliever Scott Proctor remains on a no-throw status.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins on the mend

Some quick injury information. Foremost, Hanley Ramirez took batting practice, crushed a few balls, and took grounders at shortstop, making strong throws to first base.

Ramirez has been bothered by a sore shoulder. He was back in the lineup at shortstop, hitting third against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Ramirez said he felt good.

Matt Lindstrom said on Friday he was planning on throwing Sunday. He was a day off. Lindstrom admitted he was trying to push it. Now, he is slated to throw off flat ground on Monday, which is seven days from the time he took the MRI on his strained right rotator cuff.

Dallas McPherson’s right oblique is not considered serious. He hopes to hit off the tee on Sunday, and be back by a few days after that. Gaby Sanchez’s bruised left knee is on the mend. He could be back by Tuesday or Wednesday.

— Joe Frisaro

Roster scenarios

Anyone thinking the Marlins roster is set should think again.

For now, I will take a look at the position players, and here are some scenarios that may happen to improve the club defensively. Let’s say Gaby Sanchez isn’t ready to secure first base, and he opens the season in the Minor Leagues.

If that happens, look for Jorge Cantu to move to first base, and Alfredo Amezaga could become a starter at third base. If the team got really bold, it could consider switching Hanley Ramirez to third base and using Amezaga at shortstop. That move may actually make the most sense, but selling Hanley on the idea could be tough.

So let’s say Ramirez stays at shortstop — which probably would be what happens — then Amezaga and Wes Helms could be a platoon option at third base. That scenario would arise if Dallas McPherson isn’t on the team.

For the team to improve defensively, it makes sense for its best defensive player — Amezaga — to see more playing time.

If Amezaga becomes a starter in the infield, then look for Robert Andino to make the team, filling in the utility role that has belonged to Amezaga. Andino is out of options, and many believe he will not make the team. I am not convinced Andino will be packing his bags before Opening Day. 

Just some things to think about.

— Joe Frisaro 

Camping out Thursday

Observations from Thursday at Fort Lauderdale:

* Reliever Scott Proctor, who had surgery on his elbow last October, is experiencing a bout of scar tissue. The veteran is back in Jupiter, doing a long-toss program. The team is hopeful he will be back in games next week.

* Dallas McPherson was batting cleanup and playing third, while Gaby Sanchez was at first base on Thursday, hitting eighth.

* Don’t immediately discount Robert Andino’s chances of making the team. Because he is out of options, many believe it is a given that he won’t be on the Opening Day roster. That may not be the case, as the team is weighing whether to keep him as Hanley Ramirez’s backup.

* Keep an eye on Chris Coghlan. The third base/second base prospect is getting closer to being big league ready.

* Anibal Sanchez, who was pitching in relief on Thursday after Andrew Miller in Fort Lauderdale, will next pair up with Chris Volstad, who is pitching on Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

— Joe Frisaro


Lineup unveiled

Noting that nothing is etched in stone, manager Fredi Gonzalez did say that the batting order unveiled on Wednesday could pretty much mirror the team’s Opening Day look.

No real surprises were revealed in the order that faced the Cardinals in the Grapefruit League opener. The batting order was: Cameron Maybin (CF), John Baker (C), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Jorge Cantu (3B), Dan Uggla (2B), Jeremy Hermida (LF), Cody Ross (RF), Dallas McPherson (DH) and Gaby Sanchez (1B).

The most significant switch from last year is Ramirez moving from leadoff to third in the order. Maybin now takes over batting first.

Gonzalez said he considered dropping Ramirez to a power spot dating back to the Winter Meetings.

There still are questions regarding some spots. Sanchez has to make the team and win the first base job. If Emilio Bonifacio makes the team, he is more of a prototypical leadoff hitter. Maybin gives more of the same look that Ramirez showed the past three seasons.

Maybin is a power/speed threat.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Saturday

Here’s what happened on Saturday:

* Andrew Miller continues working on his new delivery. The aim is to speed up his tempo, and basically the lefty is throwing more than the other starters. For example, when say, Ricky Nolasco and Miller are throwing live batting practice, each is going for about eight minutes. But Miller is working at a faster tempo, so he is throwing more total pitches.

* Cody Ross was back doing drills, and getting some work in later in the day, after he was away two days because his wife had a baby.

* Jose Ceda continues to play catch and do fielding drills. Because of some right shoulder discomfort, he has yet to be cleared to throw off the mound.

* Catcher John Baker is crushing some balls in batting practice.

* Dallas McPherson worked at first base with Gaby Sanchez on fielding drills.

— Joe Frisaro