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Not in market for third baseman

JUPITER, Fla. — Sending Matt Dominguez down to the Minor Leagues has opened the door for possible trade speculation involving the Marlins.

According to a league source, the Marlins are not actively seeking a trade for a third baseman. The team isn’t initiating talks with other clubs.

There has been speculation linking Texas veteran Michael Young being on the Marlins’ radar, but the club doesn’t have any interest.

A while back, the Marlins did explore what it would take to acquire Young, but Texas’ asking price in terms of prospects was much higher than Florida is willing to part with. It is believed that the Rangers were looking for Dominguez in any possible deal, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

The feeling within the Marlins is that, with some time in Triple-A, Dominguez will eventually be ready to contribute this year. It just may take a month or two, but the Marlins appear to be willing to stay with what they have in camp.

Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio are the main candidates for the job.

Joe Frisaro

Stanton in lineup vs. Red Sox

JUPITER, Fla. — On a day their third base position became unsettled, the Marlins solidified themselves in right field.

For the first time in Grapefruit League play, Mike Stanton is in the lineup, playing right field and batting cleanup on Thursday against the Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium.

Stanton, 21, has been out with a strained right quad, which he suffered on Feb. 27 in a scrimmage against the University of Miami.

“With Michael back, that bottom half of our lineup looks stronger with him in the middle,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Earlier on Thursday, Matt Dominguez was reassigned to Minor League camp. Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio will get looks at third base until the season begins.

Javier Vazquez will pitch for Florida on Thursday, while Clay Buchholz will throw for the Red Sox.

RED SOX

1) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2) Jed Lowrie, SS
3) David Ortiz, DH
4) Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5) Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
6) Mike Cameron, RF
7) Ryan Kalish, LF
8) Drew Sutton, 1B
9) Nate Spears, 2B

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Mike Stanton, RF
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Logan Morrison, LF
7) John Buck, C
8) Donnie Murphy, 3B
9) Javier Vazquez, P

Joe Frisaro

Nolasco polishing up delivery

For Ricky Nolasco, getting season ready is coming in two stages.

First, the 28-year-old had to show he is healthy. He’s done that, recovering from a sprained right thumb, to get back on the mound. The injury caused him to miss the first half of Spring Training. He’s also recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Now, Nolasco is working on getting sharp. The off time set him back in terms of polishing up his delivery and getting hitters out. The rust showed in his first two Grapefruit League starts, where he’s allowed 11 runs on 12 hits in four innings.

Nolasco is back on the mound on Wednesday when the Marlins face the Braves in Lake Buena Vista. Atlanta is starting Tim Hudson.

Between his last start and now, Nolasco has worked with pitching coach Randy St. Claire. The two have watched video and detected some glitches in his delivery.

“Just stuff that Randy and I saw,” Nolasco said. “I felt like I was flying open early, which the video obviously showed. He wanted to point that out to me, to stay closed a little bit longer.”

Nolasco also is looking to get his legs more into his delivery.

“I wasn’t really using my legs as much, which is another thing that we noticed,” he said. “It was causing me, instead of going directly to the plate, I was falling off. Those little things will come with the more that I throw.

“It’s nothing we’re worried about, but it’s something we’re working on. When I’m using my lower half a little more, it helps me stay in line through the ball and through the target.”

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Ozzie Martinez, 2B
3) Logan Morrison, LF
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Donnie Murphy, SS
6) Scott Cousins, RF
7) Brett Hayes, C
8) Matt Dominguez, 3B
9) Ricky Nolasco, 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

Marlins lineup vs. Twins

JUPITER, Fla. — After a day off, the Marlins are back in action on Tuesday afternoon, taking on the Twins at Roger Dean Stadium.

Josh Johnson will face former Marlins right-hander Carl Pavano.

Donnie Murphy will be playing third base.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, C
7) Greg Dobbs, RF
8) Donnie Murphy, 3B
9) Josh Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

Has Dominguez secured a spot?

So far, so good for Matt Dominguez.

The 21-year-old, who is looking to bypass Triple-A and jump from Double-A to the big leagues, is currently passing the audition in terms of winning the Marlins’ third base job. If the season opened today, Dominguez would be in the starting lineup.
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A first-round pick in 2007, Dominguez has lived up to the billing in the field. He is playing third base at a high level, which improves the overall infield defense. The plan is to keep Omar Infante at second base, and Dominguez makes that possible.

What the Marlins really have been looking at is Dominguez’s hitting. A good sign is, at the plate, he hasn’t been overmatched. In his first 11 Grapefruit League games, he’s hit a respectable .269 with two homers and 10 RBIs. He’s seeing pitches, and stringing together quality at-bats.

Another factor — and this also is telling — is body language. In that regard, Dominguez also is handling himself well. Not in a cocky way, but the California native is walking and acting like he belongs.

As an organization, the Marlins are looking at everything before they make their final decision.

There also are indications the Marlins are planning on breaking camp with Dominguez at third base.

With that said, these final 2 1/2 weeks are crucial for Dominguez. As Opening Day approaches, so does the intensity level, especially from veteran players.

Pitchers, who spent the first half of camp working on things, start to game plan. It still remains to be seen if Dominguez will be able to handle the breaking and off-speed pitches.

It’s easy to be deceived in Spring Training, and the Marlins’ front office will be carefully watching to make sure Dominguez isn’t rushed too fast. As an organization, there is the danger of demoralizing a young player.

If the team decides Dominguez needs some Triple-A seasoning, Donnie Murphy, Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs are options to fill in at third. Or the club could explore a trade.

So while Dominguez may be earmarked to be the third baseman today, these next few weeks will ultimately decide if he wins the job.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Nationals lineups

Chris Coghlan will be the designated hitter, and Ricky Nolasco will make his first Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jordan Zimmerman is pitching for Washington in the 1:05 p.m. contest.

NATIONALS

1) Nyjer Morgan, CF
2) Alex Cora, SS
3) Jayson Werth, RF
4) Adam LaRoche, 1B
5) Rick Ankiel, LF
6) Roger Bernadina, DH
7) Danny Espinosa, 2B
8) Jesus Flores, C
9) Alberto Gonzalez, 3B

MARLINS

1) Chris Coghlan, DH
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) Donnie Murphy, 3B
7) Dewayne Wise, CF
8) Bryan Petersen, RF
9) Brad Davis, C

Joe Frisaro
 

JJ to get first Spring swings

There will be no designated hitter in Monday’s Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium. So that means, Josh Johnson will be taking his first swings of Spring Training.

The Marlins are starting Johnson, and looking to throw him three or four innings. Atlanta is countering with Tim Hudson in the 1:05 p.m. ET start.

Before Johnson was shut down last year due to a back injury and sore right shoulder, he was instructed only to swing the bat when necessary. So frequently, he would take pitches rather than risk tweaking his back.

The Marlins pitchers have been hitting in the cages of late.

Monday is an exception on the Marlins’ pitchers hitting. The team plans on having them hit regularly beginning on March 22.

Marlins lineup:

1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Omar Infante, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) John Buck, C

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) Wes Helms, 1B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Donnie Murphy, 3B

9) Josh Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

 

Stanton out at least 2 weeks

The good news is Mike Stanton came into camp on Monday morning feeling better. But time will tell how long the Marlins right fielder will be out with a strained right quad.

Stanton suffered the injury while sprinting to first base on a ground out on Sunday in Florida’s 9-8 loss to the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

In the afternoon, Stanton told reporters he will miss at least two weeks.

“It’s night and day better than yesterday,” the outfielder said.

“He came in today, and he felt better,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “But still, it’s too early to tell. The trainers are going to wait two or three more days to see how he feels. Then, he will have a better idea of how serious the injury is.”

It’s encouraging that Stanton is feeling better, but it will be several days, if not a week or more before he is expected back.

The team is being extra cautious.

Items of note from Rodriguez’s morning session with the media:

* Donnie Murphy is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist. If he continues to show he is healthy, Murphy has a strong chance to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. Rodriguez said he would like to keep both Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio.

* Gaby Sanchez is batting cleanup in place of Stanton.

* Bryan Petersen is getting the starting nod in right field on Monday. Dewayne Wise is playing center field as Chris Goghlan gets the day off. Wise is getting an opportunity now that Stanton is out for a little while. Petersen, Scott Cousins and Josh Kroeger also will see time in right field.

* John Baker took some swings in a simulated game on Monday morning. Omar Poveda and Alex Sanabia each threw in the sim game.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

JJ-Koehler pitching in simulated game

Some highlights from manager Edwin Rodriguez’s morning press session:

* Josh Johnson and prospect Tom Koehler are throwing a two-inning simulated game at 10:20 a.m. on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium.

* Matt Dominguez likely will get three at-bats in the exhibition against the University of Miami, while most of the regulars will each get two. The plan is to play Dominguez as much as possible in Spring Training games. Look for him to go full games well before the rest of the regulars.

* Rodriguez says the team is pulling for Dominguez to win the third base job, because “I really believe if he makes the club that we will be a better team. Then we can keep [Omar] Infante at second base.” The preference is for Infante to play second, not third.

* Ricky Nolasco continues to throw on flat ground. The team is hopeful he can throw off the mound sometime next week. Nolasco is nursing a sore right thumb.

* After Johnson pitches his sim game on Sunday, the Marlins’ Opening Day starter will throw his first Grapefruit League game on Wednesday at Viera against the Nationals. Javier Vazquez, who is pitching against UM on Sunday, is slotted to throw again on Friday against the Mets.

* Donnie Murphy will be backing up Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. The hope is to play Emilio Bonifacio mostly in the outfield and second base in Spring Training games.

* The upcoming rotation: Vazquez (Sunday), Anibal Sanchez (Monday), Chris Volstad (Tuesday), JJ (Wednesday), Alex Sanabia (Thursday), Vazquez (Friday).

– Joe Frisaro

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