Results tagged ‘ Dan Meyer ’

Nunez sprains right ankle

Marlins reliever Leo Nunez was removed in the eighth inning on Tuesday night with a right ankle sprain.

Florida’s primary setup right-hander, Nunez faced two Orioles’ batters, surrendering a home run to Matt Wieters and a single to Robert Andino. Immediately, trainer Sean Cunningham and manager Fredi Gonzalez came to the mound.

Nunez has appeared in 37 games, and he’s been the bridge reliever to closer Matt Lindstrom. Nunez was replaced by left-hander Dan Meyer.

— Joe Frisaro


Meyer maturing on the job

There is still a bit of on-the-job training for Marlins lefty Dan Meyer, but with each passing game he is learning more about himself.

Once a touted prospect as a starter in the Braves system, Meyer is establishing himself as a strong situational lefty coming out of the bullpen.

Saturday night he cleared another personal hurdle. Entering in relief of Leo Nunez in the eighth inning with the potential tying run at third base, Meyer struck out Johnny Damon, who couldn’t hold back on a high fastball.

Damon was the only batter Meyer faced, but the sequence helped secure the Marlins, 2-1, win over the Yankees.

“It just doesn’t get much better as far as being a competitor,” Meyer said. “I got out there early, I was a little nervous. It was funny. Something just kind of hit me. My previous years when I was with Oakland, I would get a little nervous.

“But for some reason, maybe it was the 2-0 pitch or the 2-1 pitch, I said to myself, ‘This is what you play for. To play before 45,000 people, some of them for us, some of them against us. Johnny Damon at the plate. Me versus him. That’s what you play for.’ It was a lot of fun.”

The Marlins claimed Meyer off waivers from Oakland last November, and they’ve developed him in a key bullpen role.

“There is so much more for me to learn in this game, especially coming out of the bullpen,” he said. “Every time I go out there it’s a learning experience.”

Getting Damon at a pivotal moment was another step forward. The previous night the two faced each other in the eighth inning. Meyer threw a slider that Damon slapped into right field for a single.

“I threw a lot of them [sliders] last night, and he had a base hit off me [Friday] night,” Meyer said. “I just said, ‘I wanted to stay with the fastball here.’ I guess I missed my spot by so much that he chased it. For me, that was a lot of fun.”

— Joe Frisaro




Pinto reinstated off DL

For weeks, Renyel Pinto targeted a return to the roster in the series opener with the Yankees.

The scheduling worked out perfectly.

On Friday, the Marlins announced Pinto was returned from his rehab assignment and reinstated on the 25-man roster. Right-hander Cristhian Martinez was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Pinto had been on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to May 23.

Adding Pinto once again gives Florida’s bullpen two left-handers. Pinto joins Dan Meyer.

In 24 games, Pinto is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA. He’s struck out 20 and walked 12 in 21 1/3 innings. Pinto spent this past week pitching in rehab assignments games. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he threw in back-to-back games for Triple-A New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro


Pinto making progress

All signs point to Renyel Pinto returning for the series with the Yankees, perhaps as early as Friday at Land Shark Stadium.

On the disabled list since May 25, retroactive to May 23, with left elbow inflammation, Pinto is in the process of throwing rehab assignments. He threw a scoreless inning for Class A Jupiter on Sunday.

The plan is for him to throw back-to-back days with Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday. If that goes well, he will be off on Thursday.

The Marlins take on the Yankees on Friday. There is a chance he could be reinstated for the weekend series with New York.

When Pinto returns, the Marlins again will have two lefties in their bullpen. Currently, Dan Meyer is the only one.

Less progress is being made with Alfredo Amezaga, who has been out since May 21 with a bone bruise to his left knee. Amezaga still feels discomfort when he does any running exercises.

Because he’s missed so much time, he could be out until the All-Star Break. There is no real timeline.

— Joe Frisaro


Bonifacio back leading off

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez gave serious thought to hitting Chris Coghlan leadoff again on Tuesday, but ultimately opted to go with Emilio Bonifacio.

So after being given Monday off, Bonifacio was back in his familiar leadoff spot, while Coghlan was slotted eighth.

“Boni’s speed is his weapon,” Gonzalez said. “You put him in the eight hole and you kind of negate that.”

The feeling is Coghlan, a pure hitter, will be able to handle batting in front of the pitcher.

Gonzalez added that Coghlan is a second option to lead off on days Bonifacio doesn’t.

Tuesday’s lineup:

1) Bonifacio, 3B

2) Hermida, RF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Coghlan, LF

9) Miller, P

Gonzalez is hoping to stay away from using relievers Dan Meyer and Matt Lindstrom on Tuesday. Kiko Calero is a candidate to close if Lindstrom isn’t used.

Also of note, Baker’s right leg, below the knee, has huge scrape marks. He had the skin torn off in the area when he was thrown out sliding into home plate on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

— Joe Frisaro

Homecoming of sorts for Meyer

Marlins lefty reliever Dan Meyer, who attended Kingsway Regional High School in South Jersey, remains a die-hard Eagles fan.

As a kid, he attended about five to 10 Phillies games a year at Veterans Stadium.

On Monday, Meyer left about 15 tickets for friends and family members. Additionally, a number of other friends were on hand. It was to the point where Meyer alerted his teammates in the bullpen to brace for some heckling when they were warming up.

Through his experiences at Philadelphia sporting events, Meyer has learned to expect anything.

“I remember when they booed Santa Claus,” Meyer said. “I was 8 and I was watching it on TV.”

Meyer once had a moment when he was younger where he shouted some things he wishes he hadn’t at Randy Johnson. At The Vet, Johnson was warming up and Meyer was seeking an autograph.

“It’s kind of an embarrassing story,” Meyer said. “I was a 9-year-old kid, and I wanted a baseball. I wanted him to sign it for me, and he was doing his work. Now, I can understand. But at time, he was trying to run and stuff, and I went from being the nice kid to yelling at him.”

— Joe Frisaro


Highlights from Monday

Some of the highlights from pregame Monday at Land Shark Stadium:

* Alfredo Amezaga had an MRI on his left knee on Monday. It’s more precautionary, because the same knee was sprained during the World Baseball Classic in March. Manager Fredi Gonzalez feels Amezaga will miss another two or three days.

* Brian Sanches was added to the roster to provide bullpen help. Sanches was at Triple-A New Orleans.

* Reliever Kiko Calero, who has appeared in 22 games, is getting a couple of days to relax. Because he’s been so heavily used, Calero is not available on Monday and Tuesday. He said he should be fine by Wednesday.

* Anibal Sanchez, on the DL with a sprained right shoulder, will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. Sanchez said he feels he could be back in about two weeks, a much brighter forecast than the two months initially feared.

* Hayden Penn and Burke Badenhop remain the frontrunners to get the starting nod on Friday against the Rays. Gonzalez ruled out using lefty Dan Meyer. The next few days will determine who gets the call. If a starter early in the week is unable to go deep into games, then Penn and/or Badenhop might be used in long relief.

* Gonzalez has thought about hitting Dan Uggla in the second hole, where he enjoyed great success early in his career. Uggla has batted there once this year, when the team was at Colorado last week. One reason that hasn’t been done consistently is because the lineup then may stack up three straight left-handed hitters — John Baker, Jeremy Hermida and Chris Coghlan.  

— Joe Frisaro

Breaking down rotation options

Where to turn with Anibal Sanchez hampered by a right shoulder injury?

Well, Pedro Martinez is on the free agent market, but the veteran is believed to be looking for $5 million. So barring a dramatic drop in that figure, the Marlins don’t seem to be a choice. Paul Byrd is on the market, but his asking price has been $3 million.

Considering how cost conscious the Marlins are, those figures would be out of their league.

So the choice to find a replacement in the rotation likely will be internal. Sanchez’s spot comes up on Tuesday at Milwaukee, so there is time to make a decision.

Internally, Hayden Penn and Burke Badenhop have been used in long relief. Both have extensive experience starting.

In Penn’s case, there would be a question as to whether he is stretched out enough. Penn joined the Marlins in a trade from Baltimore late in Spring Training, and he hasn’t had a chance to starter either in a Grapefruit League or regular season game.

Penn’s longest stint has been three innings, at Chicago on May 2, when he threw 44 pitches.

Badenhop opened the season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he made two starts before being promoted to replace Andrew Miller when the left-hander went on the disabled list on April 20 with a right oblique strain. Badenhop threw two innings on Thursday, and the team would have to see if he is stretched out to throw 80-100 pitches.

Lefty Dan Meyer has been pitching out of the bullpen, and he’s been dependable. Meyer has started in the past, and he could be a choice. Chances are, however, the team will keep him as is.

Miller is on schedule to rejoin the rotation on May 16, so there isn’t a great need for a second lefty at the expense of removing a left-hander from the bullpen.

At the Minor League level, lefty Graham Taylor struggled in three big league starts, and he was sent down to Double-A Jacksonville.

A name to watch is Daniel Barone, who started for Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. Barone would be lined up to pitch on Tuesday. He could be a short-term option. Barone has some big league experience. He’s not on the 40-man roster, however.

At Double-A, lefty prospect Sean West has been inconsistent, and the team is being careful not to rush his development. Same with Aaron Thompson.

— Joe Frisaro


Final roster set

Barring anything not on the immediate horizon, the Marlins’ 25-man roster is set.

It’s actually the exact 25 I named last night in an earlier blog.

The new developments on Friday were the roster moves to get the team down to 25,

Reliever Carlos Martinez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and reliever Brian Sanches was reassigned to Minor League camp.

The bad news of the night was right-hander Rick VandenHurk is going on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. VandenHurk last pitched on March 28 against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, and he tossed a a scoreless inning of relief, walking two and striking out one.

VandenHurk missed time with the Marlins during Spring Training because he pitched for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

VandenHurk is going on the disabled list, retroactive to March 29.

The Marlins also are placing utility player Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list with a sprained left knee. And reliever Scott Proctor will go on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. Amezaga and Proctor are on the DL, retroactive to March 27.

Chances are Amezaga could be activated within seven to 10 days after Florida opens on Monday against the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The earliest he can be reinstated is April 11.

Unless some other moves are made before Monday, the contracts of infielder Andy Gonzalez and right-handed reliever Kiko Calero will be selected.

Florida will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Emilio Bonifacio, John Baker, Jeremy Hermida, Cameron Maybin, Cody Ross, Wes Helms, Ross Gload, Brett Carroll, Ronny Paulino and Gonzalez.

The rotation will feature, in order, Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller.

Because of two early off days, Florida will go with a four-man rotation until April 15. At that point, Miller will be slotted in. Until then, Miller will pitch out of the bullpen.

The rest of the relievers will be closer Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Logan Kensing, Calero, Hayden Penn, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

— Joe Frisaro

Paulino, lefty bullpen help?

Ronny Paulino has a track record of being a starting catcher, which is one reason why the Marlins aren’t discounting bringing the veteran in as an insurance policy for John Baker.

Word out of the Phillies camp is Paulino will be the odd man out in their catcher mix. So he could come at a cheap price.

For now, his name is being considered. Whether he is the right fit the team will ultimately decide. With the Pirates in 2007, he appeared in 133 games and had 11 homers, 55 RBIs and hit .263.

The Marlins are ready to go with either Mike Rabelo or Brett Hayes as the backup.

Adding catching depth is an organizational priority, but so is attracting left-handed relief help.

Dan Meyer, Renyel Pinto and John Koronka are in the mix. Two of the three will make the team, unless the Marlins look elsewhere. Odds are, they will.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez on Friday didn’t rule out looking at the waiver wire.

— Joe Frisaro