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Nolasco concerned about knee

Ricky Nolasco, feeling discomfort in his right knee, is now doubtful to make his scheduled start on Friday against the Braves.

“He’s concerned about his knee,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “Right now, that’s the only thing I can say.”

Nolasco has a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He went 11 days without pitching before he faced the Braves last Saturday (Aug. 28) at Atlanta.

In a rough outing, Nolasco gave up six runs in two innings, throwing 62 pitches, with 41 in the second inning.

Nolasco’s season may be over. The right-hander is 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA.

Andrew Miller, who took batting practice with the pitchers on Wednesday, is the likely replacement to face the Braves on Friday. But that has not been announced.

— 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


Maybin ready after dehydrating

For precautionary reasons on Friday, Cameron Maybin was lifted from the Marlins game with the Braves.

At the time, the team called the ailment a minor left groin strain.

Maybin was confident after Florida beat Atlanta, 7-1, that he would be back in the lineup on Saturday. He was.

On Saturday afternoon, Maybin started in center field and he led off. He said he felt he dehydrated and cramped from the night before.

“I hadn’t played in hot weather for a few days,” Maybin said. “It was cool when we were in New York.”

Before facing the Braves at Turner Field, the Marlins were on the road against the Mets at Citi Field. Maybin, meanwhile, was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, and the  Zephyrs had been playing in the altitude in Albuquerque.

While Maybin is fine, the team received some discouraging news regarding catcher John Baker.

Baker’s right arm didn’t feel 100 percent after he played five innings in a rehab assignment game on Friday for Class A Jupiter. The hope was to have Baker play as the designated hitter on Saturday.

Baker has been on the disabled list since May with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said the team is easing up onBaker’s schedule. It’s too early to rule out if the catcher will play again for the Marlins this season. But the latest setback is reason for concern.

— Joe Frisaro


Nolasco likely for Saturday

After completing a series of fielding and running drills on Thursday, Ricky Nolasco said he expected to return to the Marlins rotation on Saturday at Atlanta.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez agreed.

The last hurdle before the team officially announces their intentions is to see if Nolasco has any swelling in his right knee on Friday.

Nolasco has a torn medial meniscus in his knee. Once the condition was detected last Saturday, Nolasco was scratched from his scheduled Sunday (Aug. 22) start at home against the Astros.

If he is ready for Saturday, it means he will miss just one start.

Nolasco is 14-8 with a 4.22 ERA.

Rodriguez said the team will monitor him closely, but that Nolasco would not be on a pitch count limit. Because the Marlins are unsure how long Nolasco will be able to pitch, Andrew Miller is being held as a backup option to throw multiple innings on Saturday.

If possible, Nolasco would like to stay in the rotation for the rest of the season. But he noted if he had any setbacks, he will shut things down.

After talking about his situation with three or four doctors, Nolasco said he became more encouraged that he could pitch through the ailment.

Nolasco added that he may have been pitching with the tear without even noticing it. He anticipates having surgery after the season. Recovery time for the procedure is three to four weeks.   

— Joe Frisaro



Nolasco has torn medial meniscus

Ricky Nolasco has been scratched from his start on Sunday with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

Andrew Miller will get the start in his place in the series finale with the Astros.

As of now, Nolasco isn’t going on the disabled list. The team will see if he will miss just one start.

“We’re going to wait and see, he’s going to miss one start,” manager Edwin Rodriguez told reporters after the game.

There is a chance he could go on the disabled list.

Best case scenario is Nolasco will miss one start and be ready to go on Saturday at Atlanta.

The right-hander is 14-8 with a 4.22 ERA.

In his last start, a win on Aug. 17 at Pittsburgh, Nolasco threw six-plus scoreless innings. In that game, he did some running on the bases as he had an RBI double and a run-scoring single.

Recently, Chris Coghlan underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The medial meniscus is inside the knee. Players commonly have played through the injury, which is to cartilage in the knee.

Miller recently was called up to add a second lefty to the bullpen. The 25-year-old last started in the big leagues on July 19, 2009 against the Phillies.

— Joe Frisaro

Giving starters some relief

Playing 17 straight games since the All-Star Break is a main reason the Marlins opted to give all of their starting pitchers another day of rest.

Josh Johnson, who has logged 147 innings on the season, also threw two scoreless innings in the All-Star Game. Perhaps he is showing a little fatigue after giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Sunday’s loss at San Diego.

The Marlins are off on Monday before taking on the Phillies in the first of three games at Sun Life Stadium on Tuesday. Sean West, who has spent the season in Triple-A, will get the start.

The team could have opted to keep four starters going on their normal fifth day. If that were the case, Ricky Nolasco could have thrown on Thursday against the Phillies, and Johnson could have gone on Friday against St. Louis.

But manager Edwin Rodriguez decided to push everybody back a day. So the Marlins will face the Phillies without at least one of their top two starters. Nolasco and JJ will throw on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

“That’s one more reason why we need that one day more of extra rest for the starters. I think that all the starters can use that extra day off,” Rodriguez said. “We had a very long stretch since the All-Star Break.”

Johnson has been the workhorse all season. But since the All-Star Break, the right-hander is 1-1 in four starts with a 3.24 ERA.

JJ had a string of 19 straight quality starts snapped on Sunday. The right-hander had gone at least six innings without giving up more than three earned runs in 19 straight starts.

“He didn’t have his best stuff, but then again, I think he pitched well,” Rodriguez said. “They made adjustment on all three of his pitches. They stayed back. They were laying off on his sliders in the dirt.”

— Joe Frisaro

Simmons hopes to someday manage

Former MLB catcher Ted Simmons makes it clear that he’d like to eventually manage in the big leagues. Perhaps Florida will be in his plans. If so, it will have to wait until after the season.

A story recently on AOL FanHouse linked Simmons as a potential candidate to someday manage the Marlins.

Edwin Rodriguez replaced Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, and he will run the club until after the season. The organization will re-evaluate the position at that time.

Indications are the Marlins may indeed have Simmons on their radar to manage.

Rodriguez, in the meantime, has done a terrific job since taking over. Entering Friday night at San Diego, the Marlins are 17-15 with Rodriguez at the helm, and they are at 51-51 overall.

Simmons currently is the Padres bench coach.

Recently, he spoke with the Padres reporter Corey Brock about his managerial aspirations.

“I’ve done everything but manage,” Simmons told Brock in a story that ran on the Padres official web site. “This is my third year as the bench coach [second with San Diego] and after three years, either you do it [manage] or forget about it.”

Simmons, who will turn 61 on Aug. 9, may interview with Florida in the off-season. Simmons told Brock recently that he didn’t want to talk about any teams specifically right now.

— Joe Frisaro


Celebration gone sour

A simple jump for joy has landed Chris Coghlan on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career.

coghlaninjury.jpgThe Marlins 25-year-old left fielder was placed on the 15-day DL following Monday night’s win at San Francisco with a torn meniscus in his left knee. If surgery is required, Coghlan will be out six to eight weeks. So being lost for the remainder of the season is possible, but that has yet to be determined.

The frustration of the injury stems from the fact it occurred during a postgame celebration. After Wes Helms’ walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning beat the Braves on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, Helms was doing a postgame TV interview on the field.

As has become a tradition of late, the hero of the game gets a good-natured shaving cream pie to the face. Coghlan made a high leap in the air to get Helms, and he went landed, he hurt his knee.

“As I jumped, I landed on my knee wrong, and that’s how I got injured,” Coghlan said. “Surgery is a possibility. We haven’t gone that path yet.”

The Marlins won four games during their homestand in walk-off fashion. They were so common that the team had a can of shaving cream ready in the storage room behind the dugout. In the room is a batting tee and players commonly go there to get ready for at-bats.

“It’s just one of those freak things,” Helms said. “You kind of take it hard. I know he does for it to happen that way. It’s one of those things, where you’re kind of like in the wrong place at the wrong time. It just happened. I don’t think it even sunk in to everybody yet.”

The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, Coghlan is one of the most respected and liked players on the team. Since he broke into the big leagues a year ago, Helms has taken him under his wing.

Coghlan and outfielder Brett Carroll, who is now in Triple-A New Orleans, began calling Helms, “Uncle Wes” because he is a veteran leader on a young squad.

It’s not the first time Coghlan has gotten Helms with shaving cream to the face. After a walk-off win in ’09, Coghlan and Carroll each shared the honors in a postgame celebration.

After Coghlan’s injury, manager Edwin Rodriguez addressed the team, saying that post-game pie celebrations are now off limits.

“He’s a very important part of this team,” pitcher Ricky Nolasco said of Coghlan. “All you can do is hope for a speedy recovery. It’s just unfortunate that something like that happens after your spirits are so high after a game. It’s just real unfortunate.”

Coghlan hopes his injury serves as a lesson to other players.

“We need to be a little bit more aware,” Coghlan said. “This is a game of emotions. There is nothing wrong with that. You just need to be a little smarter when you celebrate.

“I’ve been very blessed to not go on the DL before or not have too many injuries in my life. That’s why this is humbling. I’ve played through things. I’ve always prided myself on going out there and continuing to play, and help the team win, if I can play. But this is something I can’t play on.”

As satisfying as it is to win in dramatic fashion, the Marlins are now braced to be without a key player for at least a couple of weeks, and likely longer.

“If you look back at it, you’re glad you had the celebration, but you wish it could have been different,” Helms said.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo courtesy of Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins)

McKeon: Steinbrenner a winner

On the night the Marlins celebrated one of their greatest victories, George Steinbrenner was gracious in defeat.

When it was all over on that October night at Yankee Stadium in 2003, outside the press room, away from the view of the media, Steinbrenner congratulated Jack McKeon following Game 6 of the World Series.

“He was always good. When we won the World Series in New York, he came down and congratulated me,” McKeon said on Tuesday. “He said we deserved it, and he was happy for me.”

It was just another example of Steinbrenner giving praise to those deserving.

The passing of Steinbrenner on Tuesday brought back memories of the legendary Yankees owner.

McKeon, now a Marlins special advisor, had a long history dealing with Steinbrenner. When McKeon was the general manager of the Padres in the 1980s, he swung several trades with Steinbrenner’s Yankees.

One of them was trading Dennis Rasmussen to the Yankees for third baseman Craig Nettles, a move that helped the Padres reach the World Series in 1984.

In another deal, McKeon dealt John Montefusco to New York as part of a trade that brought second baseman Edwin Rodriguez to the Padres.

Rodriguez had a brief playing career with the Yankees and Padres. Now, at age 49, he is the Marlins manager, and first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history.

For more than three decades, McKeon has had great respect for Steinbrenner.

“I got a number of telegrams on my office wall where he congratulated me,” McKeon said. “I still take a lot of pride in the 1984 World Series, he sent me a telegram saying, ‘Congratulations, you took me to the cleaners many times, in trades.’ “

Steinbrenner also sent his wishes when McKeon was named NL Manager of the Year with the Reds in 1999.

McKeon recalled a time when he was in the Reds system, working for then Cincinnati GM Jim Bowden. McKeon was in the office of former Yankees GM Gene Michael discussing a possible trade.

“When I was working with the Reds, and I was Bowden’s assistant, we were trying to make a deal, and I was in Gene Michael’s office,” McKeon said. “I was talking to Gene and George walked into the room and he said to Michael, ‘Hey, watch this guy, he will try to pick your pocket.’

“George was a warrior and he was a winner. Regardless of what it cost or what, he was going to win.”

— Joe Frisaro



Valentine on Mad Dog Radio

The “process” ran its course. Now, the Marlins have moved forward. Edwin Rodriguez is the new manager, but questions remain as to why negotiations with Bobby Valentine broke down.

A few days ago, Valentine made some critical remarks on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

“If this is a Major-League process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times,” Valentine said on ESPN.

Valentine offered some more insight on SIRIUS XM’s Mad Dog Radio with host Chris Russo.

Here’s the conversation.

Chris Russo: “Those are some harsh words. Can you tell me what’s going on with the Marlins?”

Bobby Valentine: “I didn’t mean for them to be harsh. I just meant for them to be honest. It’s a tough process once you start getting down to a situation. We never negotiated anything and, you know, I just feel when you’re 60 years old – you know, I know Jeffrey [Loria], I’ve known him for 25 years – I just felt that being left in the dark isn’t quite the way to allow things to move forward.

But I think it’s a good situation. As I told them right from the start, someone from the outside moving in in mid-season I don’t believe is a good idea. I don’t think you can train coaches and train players to think and do what you’re expecting on the run. That’s what spring training is for. And Edwin Rodriguez has had these guys in the minor leagues. He knows the spring training process, what that organizational philosophy is. So, you know, that was a good move. If, in fact, they had to change Fredi [Gonzalez] I would think that’s probably the right way to go.”

Russo: “So in other words, Bobby, they talked to you and then left you in the dark? What do you mean ‘left you in the dark?’ They began a discussion? What happened?”

Valentine: “Yeah, basically. I mean, I don’t want to get into the details on it, Chris. You know, I mean, I was reading in the paper I wasn’t a candidate, you know? And I don’t really like that stuff. You know, we did have conversations and then the next thing I know their leaks have people writing things that I’m no longer a candidate and they’re going in another direction. Well, you know, if that’s the case tell me. I’m a big boy. It’s real easy.”

Russo: “Would you say you’re soured on this whole managerial search now for these jobs? Was the Baltimore thing decent?”

Valentine: “No. To tell you the truth, the in-season stuff where you have all the rules and regulations that are set forth – rightfully so, I guess – by the commissioner that you have to interview so many different types of people from in and outside your organization before you’re allowed to hire a person you want to, it’s a pretty tough process. I don’t know that it’s tough. It doesn’t seem like it’s the way most industries do it.”

— Joe Frisaro