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Coghlan DH vs. Mets

As expected, Chris Coghlan is back in the lineup, batting leadoff against the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Wednesday that he planned on using Coghlan as the designated hitter on Thursday and then in center field on Friday, when Florida faces the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Anibal Sanchez will get the start for the Marlins in the 1:05 p.m. contest.

MARLINS

1) Coghlan, DH

2) Bonifacio, 2B

3) G. Sanchez, 1B

4) Helms, 3B

5) Lubanski, LF

6) Petersen, CF

7) Torres, RF

8) Hayes, C

9) Martinez, SS

Joe Frisaro

Short takes from morning workout

It looks like it may take at least another week before Mike Stanton is game ready. Even then, the Marlins’ slugger won’t necessarily be playing in Grapefruit League contests.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Wednesday morning that Stanton likely will play in some Minor League games before facing big league pitchers.

“He took BP [Tuesday] and he did a little bit more,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t know when he will be in a Spring Training game for us.”

Asked if he would be surprised if Stanton played in games next week, Rodriguez said: “I’d be surprised.”

Stanton strained his right quad in the Feb. 27 exhibition against the University of Miami. Initially, he estimated two weeks to recover. So it looks like it will be at least three before he is back in games.

If Stanton can play in the final seven to 10 Grapefruit League games, he should be ready for the April 1 opener with the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

* Ricky Nolasco remains on schedule to pitch on March 13.

* Josh Johnson’s velocity is increasing. On Monday, the Marlins’ ace reached 93 mph in the first inning, and his fastball topped at 95 mph. His slider was at 88 mph. “Sounds like I’m getting pretty close,” Johnson said.

* Matt Dominguez continues impress after hitting a home run on Tuesday against the Tigers. Dominguez is back in the lineup at third base on Wednesday, and he thus far is in strong position to make the team.

Joe Frisaro

Short takes from Edwin

From manager Edwin Rodriguez’s morning media session:

* Mike Stanton is taking live batting practice on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium. Stanton still isn’t doing any running drills, as he recovers from his strained right quad.

* Chris Coghlan is making his first back-to-back start of Spring Training, as he was in center field for the second straight day. The team is in the process of increasing Coghlan’s workload as he gets into playing shape after missing the second half of 2010 with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

* Closer Leo Nunez continues to impress. Rodriguez said that Nunez’s slider is becoming a plus pitch, to go along with his fastball and changeup.

* The pitching rotation for the next few days: Elih Villanueva will be starting against the Tigers in Lakeland on Tuesday. Javier Vazquez will face the Nationals on Wednesday in Jupiter. The Marlins play in the day and night on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. Anibal Sanchez will pitch in the afternoon against the Mets, and Sean West will make his first start at night against the Tigers.

* Rodriguez on Matt Dominguez, the frontrunner for the starting third base job: “He is walking and playing like he belongs here. That’s good to see.”

Joe Frisaro

Edwin and Fredi reunite

Last June, Edwin Rodriguez was placed in the difficult position of replacing Fredi Gonzalez as manager of the Marlins.

Even after the decision was made, Rodriguez and Gonzalez have maintained a close friendship.

On Monday morning, before the Marlins faced the Braves at Roger Dean Stadium, Rodriguez shed some light on how the transition period went.

“I think it was the first three or four mornings, he was calling me every day,” Rodriguez said. “Obviously, he was trying to help me out about the whole situation. He did call me for those three or four first days.

“It was mainly about how to use the bullpen and the lineup, and all that. He was more asking me, if I needed any help. He wasn’t trying to tell me anything. He was asking me if I had any problems with anything. It was very nice of him. He understood what this situation was that I was coming into.”

Gonzalez, now the Braves manager, and Rodriguez more recently kept in touch during the NFL playoffs, courtesy of a Spanish-language radio show in Miami.

For a few weeks, the two managers made NFL playoff picks on Jerry Del Castillo’s show on AM 670.

Rodriguez, who doesn’t watch much of the NFL, agreed to go on with the current Braves manager.

It was all in good fun, and Rodriguez played along that he was an NFL expert, even though he didn’t follow the season. In fact, Rodriguez said he didn’t watch the Super Bowl.

But he agreed to do the radio show because he didn’t want to appear like he was ducking the challenge of picking the games.

Joe Frisaro
 

Still weighing rotation options

JUPITER, Fla. — Javier Vazquez pitched effectively on Friday, but did the veteran secure the No. 3 spot in the Marlins’ rotation?

It’s still too early to tell.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says the team has an idea on how they will line up their starting five, but the exact order is still subject to change.

Aside from Josh Johnson pitching on Opening Night against the Mets, there still is uncertainty.

Ricky Nolasco projects to be the No. 2 starter, going on April 2 at Sun Life Stadium. But Nolasco has yet to pitch in a Grapefruit League game because of a bruised right thumb. The right-hander threw off the mound on Friday, and the session went well. He next will have a bullpen session on Sunday.

The target date for Nolasco to be in a game is March 13 versus the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. If he makes that start, he would be lined up to pitch on April 2.

Should Nolasco not be ready to open the season, then Vazquez appears to be the frontrunner to pitch the second game. Otherwise, Vazquez and Anibal Sanchez are choices for the third and fourth spots, with Chris Volstad as the fifth starter.

If Johnson and Nolasco line up one and two, then Vazquez is the likely candidate to pitch the third game.

“We’re going to wait and see,” Rodriguez said. “We keep saying we have an idea. But we’re going to wait and see how everything develops in Spring Training. Right now, we have an idea. We haven’t seen Ricky on the mound yet. As soon as we see Ricky on the mound and how he feels, we’ll have a better idea.”

Joe Frisaro

Stanton swinging off the tee

Mike Stanton is doing some limited baseball activities.

The past two days the Marlins’ right fielder has taken swings off the tee in the batting cages.

“Everything is fine,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Stanton strained his right quad in the exhibition opener against the University of Miami last Sunday. He expects to miss at least two weeks of games, but that time table is tentative.

Stanton began taking some swings on Thursday, and he was back in the cages on Friday morning. The next step is to take batting practice on the field, which could be on Sunday.

For now, he isn’t doing any running drills.

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

* John Baker is in the lineup on Friday as the designated hitter. It’s his first game action of the spring. Baker is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

* Greg Dobbs (knee) also took swings in the cages on Friday, and he could be game ready by Sunday.

* Chris Coghlan was in the starting lineup playing center field on Friday. But Coghlan is not making any long bus rides until the middle of Spring Training. He won’t be traveling to Fort Myers on Saturday.

* Ricky Nolasco is throwing another bullpen session on Friday.

* On Sunday, the Marlins will play Italy in a scrimmage on Field 2 at Roger Dean Stadium. Mike Piazza is a coach on the Italian staff. The start time is 10:30 a.m., before the team plays the Cardinals on the main field.

Joe Frisaro

Nolasco likely No. 2 starter

VIERA, Fla. — All signs are pointing to Ricky Nolasco being ready to be Florida’s No. 2 starter when the season opens.

Nolasco has been nursing a sore right thumb, but the right-hander still projects to be ready for the April 2 game against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

Josh Johnson will be pitching on Opening Night on April 1.

Nolasco threw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, and he is expected to throw off the mound again on Friday. The plan is two more bullpen sessions, a live batting practice and a simulated game before he takes the mound in a Spring Training game.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says Nolasco likely will be throwing in a game on March 13.

“[Game Two] is very realistic if everything stays in order,” Rodriguez said. “He should be fine for that.”

Rodriguez says Nolasco’s body language of late has shown he is ready to pitch.

“He’s been bouncing around, and he was having fun, which is always good,” Rodriguez said.

Other items of note from Rodriguez’s morning press briefing:

* Mike Stanton continues to feel better and walk with limited discomfort. But the right quad will keep him out at least two weeks.

* Greg Dobbs was shaken up after being in a mild collision at first base on Tuesday. Dobbs bruised his knee. He was to be the designated hitter on Wednesday, but he was scratched from the lineup.

* Josh Johnson will throw 55 pitches or three innings on Wednesday.

* The Marlins renewed the contracts of Stanton, Logan Morrison, Ryan Webb and Gaby Sanchez.

Joe Frisaro

Nolasco throws off mound

After talking his situation over with the Marlins medical staff, Ricky Nolasco was cleared to throw his first bullpen session of Spring Training on Tuesday morning.

The right-hander threw a pain-free 55-pitch bullpen session. He threw all of his pitches, and is next scheduled to throw off the mound on Friday.

“It’s not getting any worse. I’ve been doing some pretty aggressive stuff with it,” Nolasco said. “So we just sat down and went over my schedule. I said, ‘It’s not going to matter if I go [Wednesday], Thursday, Friday or Saturday.’ So I just wanted to do it today and see how it felt.”

If all goes well, the tentative plan is to have Nolasco pitch in a game on March 13. The right-hander says barring any setbacks, he should be fine for the opening of the regular season.

Josh Johnson will pitch on Opening Night, on April 1, against the Mets. Nolasco projects to face New York on April 2.

Nolasco has been bothered by a jammed right thumb, which prevented him from tossing off the mound until Tuesday.

Earlier in the morning, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez was more cautious about Nolasco.

“We’ll see how he feels today,” Rodriguez said. “Everything is tentative with him.”

Alex Sanabia and Shawn Hill are candidates to fill Nolasco’s rotation spot in the Spring Training until he is cleared to pitch in Grapefruit League games.

Sanabia is scheduled to start on Thursday when the Marlins face the Astros in Kissimmee.

In other news Tuesday, the Marlins have come to contract terms with a number of their players who are under club control and not yet in their arbitration years.

Florida agreed to terms with RHP Arquimedes Caminero, RHP Jose Ceda, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Jhan Marinez, RHP Adalberto Mendez, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Evan Reed, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Alex Sanabia, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Mike Dunn, LHP Dustin Richardson, LHP Sean West, C John Baker, C Brad Davis, C Brett Hayes, INF Emilio Bonifacio, INF Ozzie Martinez, OF Chris Coghlan, OF Scott Cousins and OF Bryan Petersen.

Joe Frisaro

 

Starting pitching stepping up

It’s hard to draw too much from early exhibition game starts. But so far, so good when it comes to Florida’s starting pitchers.

Anibal Sanchez was effective in his two-inning stint on Monday in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Sanchez gave up a solo homer to Lance Berkman, but the way he was throwing the ball was encouraging. His fastball was regularly at 92 mph, and he topped out at 93 mph at a time pitchers are building up arm strength.

“Anibal Sanchez threw some very good pitches,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “I think he hung two breaking balls. But other than that, Anibal Sanchez was very good. He was hitting his spots.”

Sanchez said he objective was to concentrate on first-pitch strikes.

“I got behind a couple of batters,” the right-hander said. “I was just working on keeping the ball down. My changeup was working good today. My curveball was a little bit off. My fastball had good location.”

Sanchez’s solid start followed up a strong two-inning performance on Sunday by Javier Vazquez, who retired all six batters he faced against the University of Miami.

Because Vazquez’s velocity dipped in 2010 when he was with the Yankees, his arm strength is being closely monitored in Spring Training.

Vazquez was clocked at 88 mph on Sunday, and that’s where he was regularly throwing a year ago in New York.

The team has no cause for alarm because Vazquez is still building up his arm strength, which takes several weeks in Spring Training. 

More than velocity, the team was impressed with the movement on his pitches, and the veteran’s ability to change speeds. In his 14th big league season, Vazquez likely will rely on pitching savvy in 2011.

Vazquez needed 21 pitches, with 15 strikes to retired the side in order twice on Sunday. To get some extra work, he threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen.

– 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

 

 

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