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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
JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton will once again be in Minor League games on Sunday as they move closer to being ready for the season opener.
Coghlan (sore right shoulder) is expected to play seven innings in center field and get five plate appearances.
Stanton (strained right quad) will again be used as a designated hitter, but he is moving closer to being ready to play the outfield. In recent days, the 21-year-old right fielder has been doing running and agility drills with no discomfort.
He could be playing in the outfield in Minor League games as early as Tuesday. If that goes well, Stanton may be playing in a Grapefruit League game as soon as Thursday against the Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium.
An important date for injured players is Tuesday (March 22), because that’s the day that factors into when a player is placed on the disabled list retroactively. So the Marlins will ask themselves whether they should keep Coghlan playing in Minor League games after Tuesday, because that gives them flexibility.
If a player opens the season on the DL retroactively to March 22, he can be eligible for reinstatement as early as April 7, instead of missing the first 15 days of the season.
To be on the DL retroactively, a player can play in Minor League games, but he can’t appear in Grapefruit or Cactus League games after March 22.
A year ago, the Marlins faced the same situation with Cody Ross, who had a hamstring injury. Ross played in Minor League games until the end of Spring Training, and the team then determined he was ready to play on Opening Day.
If he wasn’t, he could have been placed on the DL retroactively, and missed about five or six games.
– Joe Frisaro
JUPITER, Fla. — There are no real openings in the Marlins rotation. But the order of the five starters may not yet be set in stone.
Aside from Josh Johnson starting on Opening Night (April 1) against the Mets, the rest of the order is subject to change.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Saturday morning that Johnson is locked in at No. 1, but the team wants to make sure Ricky Nolasco is ready to pitch the second game.
Key for Nolasco is how he does in his third start, which is March 23 against the Braves.
“If Ricky feels good after his third outing, he should be ready to go,” Rodriguez said.
Nolasco is recovered from a sprained right thumb and surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The right-hander has had two rough outings, including giving up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings on Friday to the Astros.
Nolasco feels fine, health wise. Rodriguez noted that it isn’t the health of his 28-year-old right-hander, “it’s the quality of his pitches.”
The Marlins would like their rotation to be Johnson, Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.
Rodriguez says more will be known on the order of the rotation after Nolasco’s next start.
– Joe Frisaro
Marlins second baseman Omar Infante received a scare in the seventh inning on Thursday when he was struck in the left elbow by a fastball.
Infante was plunked by St. Louis right-hander Jason Motte, and he left the game.
It appears that the second baseman will be fine. He was hit on the protective elbow pad that covered his elbow.
Although Infante immediately left the game, he could be back in the lineup on Friday. Manager Edwin Rodriguez noted that the second baseman was going to be lifted for a pinch runner that inning anyway.
If Infante gets Friday off, Rodriguez said, it likely will be because he was just being given a breather.
Outfielder Dewayne Wise, a non-roster invitee, informed Rodriguez on Thursday that he has a minor toe bruise. It’s nothing serious, and chances are he will be available on Friday.
Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday.
The Marlins have Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton playing in Minor League games as they recover from their ailments.
Both had five at-bats. Stanton (right quad strain) had three hits, including a double, and he didn’t play the field. Stanton was pinch-run for after reaching base.
Coghlan (right shoulder tendinitis) played center field and had three fly balls hit to him. He didn’t do any strenuous throwing. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a walk.
– Joe Frisaro
JUPITER, Fla. — Claiming that his right shoulder isn’t fully healthy, Chris Coghlan will be playing center field in Minor League games for at least a little while.
Coghlan has been dealing with inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff, and he was attempting to play in back-to-back games in Grapefruit League action.
Beginning on Thursday, Coghlan was set to play in center on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. He will still work on the timing of his jumps and reads on balls in the outfield. But he’s been instructed not to make any strenuous throws.
Whether Coghlan will be ready for Opening Night on April 1 remains to be seen. But playing in Minor League games would give the Marlins the option to retro-active the 25-year-old on the disabled list, should he not be ready for the season opener.
“We’re going to be able to play the outfield down there,” Coghlan said. “I can still play the field, but I told [manager Edwin Rodriguez], ‘I can’t keep going out there and babying my arm.’ I’ve got to get healthy.”
Coghlan said he had an MRI on his shoulder about 10 days ago. On Wednesday, in a Grapefruit League game with Tampa Bay, there was a play that could have tested Coghlan’s shoulder.
It came in the sixth inning on Matt Joyce’s fly ball to center with Elliot Johnson on third.
Johnson didn’t tag and go, and Coghlan simply threw the ball back to the infield instead of throwing all the way to the plate.
That throw as telling, showing that Coghlan’s shoulder isn’t right.
“I could have probably made a little bit [stronger throw], but I’m not 100 percent,” Coghlan said. “I couldn’t throw it all the way home and try to throw that guy out. I told [Rodriguez], ‘I can’t just keep on going out there and doing that.’ He said, ‘I totally understand.’ “
Coghlan also is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. His knee is doing fine, as evident by the triple he hit on Wednesday.
Right now, it’s getting his arm strength ready for the season.
Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals.
– Joe Frisaro
JUPITER, Fla. — Jeffrey Loria on Wednesday sat through the Marlins’ ninth-straight loss, and the team owner isn’t happy.
With the season set to open in 2 1/2 weeks, Loria says it is time for the team to play with more urgency.
“It’s time to kick it into gear, because the switch doesn’t turn on the first day of the season,” Loria told MLB.com after Florida lost 6-3 to the Rays at Roger Dean Stadium. “I’m here 10 days and I haven’t seen us win one game.”
The Marlins made 11 roster moves prior to Wednesday’s game, getting the number down to 41 in camp. The plan is for the regulars to see more playing time in the two-plus weeks before the opener.
“I see a lack of energy at the moment, and it doesn’t make me happy,” Loria said. “We have some extremely skilled athletes here, and hopefully they’ll come out of it when the season starts. … Our players are not ready to play yet.”
– Joe Frisaro
No matter what time of year it is, losing eight straight is disappointing.
Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez, who is handling the rough spell with care, notes that if he had a more veteran club, he would be more vocal.
But with a young team, he is watching his tone because a number of players are still learning. Keeping his sense of humor, Rodriguez said he’s often collected himself by counting to 10 before addressing a player.
“As a manager, you have to pick your spots,” Rodriguez said on Wednesday morning. “Then again, I have to realize, I consider this whole situation like ‘growing pains.’ We have a very young team. I think they’re learning, and they’re maturing from this whole situation.
“I don’t want to give them the impression that there is panic. So if I say something, I really have to watch what I say, because if I say something, they might take it the wrong way. I want them to perform the way they should be performing, but I have to be very careful in how I say all that. And the tone.”
Some other items of note from Rodriguez’s morning session with the beat reporters:
* Chris Coghlan is expected to start back-to-back games in center field on Wednesday and Thursday.
* Mike Stanton continues to do only light jogging, and the hope is he can play the final seven-to-10 Grapefruit League games. So as of now, the team is cautiously optimistic Stanton will be ready for Opening Night.
* Javier Vazquez is throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday, and he should be ready for Saturday.
* Anibal Sanchez is throwing a bullpen session on Thursday, and he should be ready for Sunday.
* Wednesday’s game will be the first of five straight Marlins games on 790 The Ticket.
– Joe Frisaro
JUPITER, Fla. — Javier Vazquez has been scratched from pitching Monday due to mild elbow soreness, and Chris Coghlan is dealing with a sore right shoulder.
Mild injuries are piling up for the Marlins.
Vazquez was scheduled to face the Twins on Monday in Fort Myers. Alex Sanabia will make the start, and he is expected to throw one inning. To add pitching depth for the trip, Brad Hand and Dan Jennings are making the trip and will pitch. Both left-handers were recently sent down to Minor League camp.
Clay Hensley also is expected to pitch.
“He has mild elbow soreness, but he should be ok for his next start,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “He said he wanted to make sure that he would be ready for the regular season. He will have three more starts before the season starts, so he should be fine.”
Vazquez would be lined up to pitch on Saturday against the Cardinals.
“If something is going to happen, this is a good time to deal with that,” Rodriguez said. “At this point, we just want to make sure everybody is going to be alright for Opening Day. So that’s why we’re not taking any chances.”
As for Coghlan, the center fielder is a sore right shoulder.
It’s been bothering him for a little while, and it was made public on Sunday.
“His shoulder is not 100 percent,” Rodriguez said. “That’s normal because he didn’t have the chance to get in very good shape, throwing-wise when he was rehabbing.”
– Joe Frisaro
JUPITER, Fla. — Ricky Nolasco will make his first Spring Training start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Grapefruit League game is set to start at 1:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MLB.TV and it is the first of four games being aired by Fox Sports Florida.
Before the game, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met briefly with the beat writers to preview the day.
Nolasco is expected to throw about 55-60 pitches, or three innings. If all goes well, he remains on pace to be the No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson.
The Marlins open on April 1 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium. Nolasco is on pace to pitch on April 2.
* Anibal Sanchez threw his bullpen session on Saturday, and all went well with his bruised right shin/calf area. Sanchez was struck by a comeback grounder on Thursday. Initially, he was supposed to test the leg on Sunday, but he threw on Saturday instead.
Sanchez has been cleared to start against the Rays on Tuesday in Port Charlotte. If for some reason he can’t make the start, Sean West is a likely fallback option. But the team fully expects Sanchez to be ready to go.
* Mike Stanton did some light running with the team on Sunday morning. He still isn’t pushing his strained right quad. The hope is Stanton can be used as a designated hitter later this week in Minor League games. Rodriguez is hopeful Stanton can play in Grapefruit League games the final week of Spring Training. So it may be doubtful the 21-year-old is playing with the big league club before March 26.
* Wes Helms (sore shoulder) is available to be a designated hitter, but he isn’t doing much throwing.
– Joe Frisaro
Veteran Wes Helms, who made the trip to Port St. Lucie on Friday, was scratched due to a sore right shoulder.
Helms initially was scheduled to play third base and hit fifth. He was replaced by Ruben Gotay.
Also before the game, manager Edwin Rodriguez noted that the team would know more on Sunday if Anibal Sanchez will make his next start.
Sanchez suffered a bruise to the side of his right shin after he was hit with a comeback liner on Thursday afternoon.
– Joe Frisaro