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Nolasco begins light throwing

Ricky Nolasco is not yet ready to throw off the mound, but the past two days, the right-hander has played catch.

The plan is to continue doing so, while not yet pushing the sore thumb that has set him back since the start of Spring Training.

Nolasco began a light tossing routine on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was throwing at 60 feet.

“I’m being optimistic,” said Nolasco, who hopes to throw at 100 feet in the next day or so. “I have a little bit more to go.”

Nolasco jammed his thumb about three weeks ago while doing some conditioning.

Expected to be Florida’s No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson, Nolasco is hopeful to throw off the mound sometime next week. The team isn’t pushing it.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says that as long as Nolasco is ready to pitch by mid-March, he should be fine to open the season.

Here’s a run down of what took place at camp on Wednesday.

* Donnie Murphy took live batting practice for the first time. Recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, Murphy faced Tom Koehler, and he said his wrist was fine. On Tuesday, Murphy stepped in against a pitcher, but he was tracking pitches and not swinging. He plans on continuing to take live BP.

* A few pitchers have already caught the eye of their manager. Rodriguez noted that relievers Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn and Edward Mujica have all looked impressive while facing hitters.

* The plan is to have Josh Johnson throw in a Grapefruit League game sometime next week. Johnson will not pitch the exhibition opener on Sunday against the University of Miami. Javier Vazquez will pitch two innings on that day. Also on Sunday, Johnson will throw in a simulated game on a back field, but he won’t face UM. JJ’s first Grapefruit League game will be either March 2 or March 3. If he starts on March 2 against the Nationals at Viera, he would be lined up throwing every fifth day up until Opening Day.

— Joe Frisaro


Stanton puts on a show

JUPITER, Fla. — Josh Johnson faced Hanley Ramirez. Matt Dominguez ran with the first team in a number of infield drills, and Chris Coghlan got his first taste of playing center field.

stanton2-22.jpgThere were plenty of storylines to follow in the Marlins first full-squad workouts on Tuesday afternoon at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

But the most jaw-dropping part of the day came on a back field during batting practice. Mike Stanton launched a number of mammoth drives well past the left field wall and near the town homes across the street.

In a group with Logan Morrison and Coghlan, Stanton put on a show for a small gathering. A couple of fans positioned outside the walls ran down the baseballs. One fan had at least three baseballs in each hand as he ran to gather even more Stanton drives.

Catcher Brett Hayes, who was in the group that followed Stanton, joked: “Save some baseballs for us, Mike.”

Other notable moments from Day One:

* In live batting practice, Johnson pitched to a group that included Ramirez. The two All-Stars faced each other, but it was pretty basic stuff as Johnson is working on his pitches, and Ramirez is getting his timing down. Johnson, like all the pitchers, was throwing behind a screen, while the hitters were under the “turtle” batting cage.

* Former Marlins bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault is now a scout in the organization. Arsenault, who was on Florida’s staff from 2002-10, watched Tuesday’s workouts.

* During infield drills, the starting unit was Gaby Sanchez at first, Omar Infante at second, Ramirez at short and Dominguez at third. Backing up at each position were Wes Helms (first), Emilio Bonifacio (second), Donnie Murphy (shortstop) and Greg Dobbs (third).

* Johnson, Chris Volstad and Javier Vazquez all threw live batting practice on Tuesday.

* Murphy, who is recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, participated in field drills, and he faced live pitching. The team still plans on not overload Murphy in hitting too much early in camp.

* John Baker, returning from Tommy John surgery to his throwing arm, took part in live batting practice. Baker is on a throwing program, tossing off flat ground at 90 feet, and he is building up to 120 feet.

* Wednesday’s workouts begin at 10 a.m. ET, and they are open to the public.

— Joe Frisaro

Back to basics for Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Perfect the basics is the way the youthful Marlins plan on competing in the competitive NL East.

With such a young squad, manager Edwin Rodriguez is stressing the obvious in Spring Training.

“Master the obvious,” Rodriguez said on Thursday morning. “We’ve got to throw strikes and make the routine plays.”

Marlins pitchers and catchers begin their Spring Training workouts about 1 p.m. ET on Friday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. The first day of camp is open to the public.

For eight seasons, Rodriguez was a Minor League instructor and manager in the Marlins’ organization. In his first Spring Training as a big league manager, Rodriguez is emphasizing the little things.

Also, the routines that will be in big league camp will also filter down to the Minor League levels.

Another objective in Spring Training is to teach players how to win close ballgames. Rodriguez said about 80 percent of all big league games last year were decided by one or two runs.

“Aggressive baserunning. Good situational hitting. Pitchers understanding the game situations,” Rodriguez said.”The outfielders throwing to the right bases. Keeping the double play in order.”

Rodriguez also said he has given all the coaches in the organization some homework over the next few days. He is asking them to write down ways to win ballgames.

“We want everybody on the same page,” Rodriguez said. “Especially playing in a division that is loaded with good pitching. You’re not going to see those guys in Philadelphia allowing a three-run home run too often. So whenever they give us a chance, we’ve got to score runs. A big inning off those guys is two runs.”

* From an injury standpoint, no Marlins are entering Spring Training with restrictions. Center fielder Chris Coghlan, who is recovering from surgery to his left knee, is full-go. But because he missed half of the 2010 season, he will be closely monitored.

“We have to be very careful,” Rodriguez said. “He’s in very good shape. But then again, it’s not the same as being in the game for six, seven, eight innings.”

John Baker (Tommy John surgery) will be active hitting in Spring Training, but he may not be ready to catch until sometime in May, Rodriguez said.

Brett Hayes (separated left shoulder) is fully ready to go. Donnie Murphy (dislocated right wrist) has been fielding, running and hitting. “We don’t want to overload him [hitting] early in the spring,” Rodriguez said.

* Being manager has its perks. Rodriguez now has two parking spaces. “I have two parking spots, and I only have one car,” he said. As a Minor League manager last year, he would get rides to camp.

— Joe Frisaro

Baker to have Tommy John surgery

The injury news isn’t getting any better for the Marlins.

On Friday, catcher John Baker will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The procedure will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Baker, who hasn’t played since May, may need about a year to recover.

Also, on Thursday, infielder Donnie Murphy, who dislocated his right wrist on Wednesday night, underwent surgery.

Murphy, who started at second base in the Marlins’ 16-10 win over the Nationals, dislocated his wrist while making a catch on Ian Desmond’s short fly ball into shallow center field in the fourth inning.

Sometime next week, pitcher Ricky Nolasco will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Nolasco is out for the season.

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley exits feeling light-headed

Hanley Ramirez was removed from the game in the top of the third inning on Sunday after  feeling light headed on the field.

The Marlins All-Star shortstop singled to open the third inning off Atlanta’s Derek Lowe. After Dan Uggla reached on a check-swing infield single, when his head-first slide was ruled to be ahead of Eric Hinske’s foot reaching the base. Ramirez stopped at second base.

But as Lowe was getting ready to pitch to Gaby Sanchez, Ramirez motioned to the dugout. His right hand was over his chest as he walked towards manager Edwin Rodriguez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak. While being checked out, Ramirez doubled over a second before walking to the dugout.

It was 82 degrees at Turner Field.

Donnie Murphy replaced Ramirez at shortstop.

In the first inning, Ramirez belted a three-run homer off Lowe. It was his 18th of the season, giving him 67 RBIs.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Nationals Thursday lineups

Winners of three straight, the Marlins go for a sweep at Nationals Park on Thursday night.

Ricky Nolasco gets the nod for Florida, while Washington is going with Livan Hernandez.









1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Donnie Murphy, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P









1) Roger Bernadina, CF

2) Ian Desmond, SS

3) Adam Dunn, 1B

4) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5) Michael Morse, RF

6) Adam Kennedy, 2B

7) Ivan Rodriguez, C

8) Willie Harris, LF

9) Livan Hernandez, P

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins lineup for Wednesday

The Marlins started off their 10-game road trip on a winning note, beating the Nationals, 8-2, on Tuesday night.

The lineup had a slight change on Wednesday as Donnie Murphy got the start at third base in place of Wes Helms.

Chris Volstad gets the starting nod on the mound. The Nationals are going with former Marlin, Scott Olsen.








1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Donnie Murphy, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley gets day off

The Marlins wrap up their four-game set with the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. The start time is 12:10 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium.

All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is getting the day off.







1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Donnie Murphy, SS

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

— Joe Frisaro


Murphy added, Barden designated

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said he plans on using his bench more.

A different part was added to the roster on Saturday. Before facing the Braves at Turner Field, the team selected the contract of infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A New Orleans.

Infielder Brian Barden was designated for assignment.

Rodriguez has more familiarity with Murphy, having managed him at New Orleans.

Barden, meanwhile, had the backing of former Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez, who was dismissed on June 23. Former Marlins bench coach Carlos Tosca, who also was let go that day, was high on Barden since they both were in the Arizona system.

A defensive specialist, Barden can still remain in the organization, if he isn’t traded, clears waivers and accepts the assignment.

Barden was regarded as the Marlins best defensive player. He can play shortstop, as well as all the infield spots.

But at the plate, Barden struggled, going 5-for-28 (.179) with 12 strikeouts. His last hit was on May 18. He was 0-for-9 after striking out in a pinch-hit appearance on Friday night since his two-run single on May 18.

Murphy, meanwhile, batted .277 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 57 games. In Spring Training, Murphy batted .351 in 18 games. He almost made the roster, but that selection went to Barden.

Both can play shortstop, which is something the Marlins look for in their super utility player.

Murphy last was in the big leagues with the A’s in 2008.

— Joe Frisaro




McClung released

The Marlins bullpen situation is almost figured out.

On Tuesday, veteran Seth McClung, who was in camp on a Minor League deal, was released.

The move narrows down the final bullpen spot to either Tim Wood or Rick VandenHurk, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The last bench reserve spot is between Brian Barden, Donnie Murphy or Hector Luna.

— Joe Frisaro