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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

JJ to throw three innings

VIERA, Fla. — Marlins ace Josh Johnson, who will pitch in the April 1 season opener, is expected to throw three innings or around 55 pitches on Wednesday against the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

Greg Dobbs was supposed to be the designated hitter, but he was scratched because of a sore knee. Dobbs was shaken up on Tuesday when he had a collision at first base. He should be fine.

The Nationals are starting lefty John Lannan.

MARLINS

1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Dewayne Wise, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) John Buck, C

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Bryan Petersen, LF

9) John Raynor, DH

NATIONALS

1) Roger Bernadina, CF

2) Rick Ankiel, LF

3) Laynce Nix, RF

4) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5) Adam LaRoche, DH

6) Jesus Flores, C

7) Jerry Hairston, 2B

8) Alex Cora, SS

9) Michael Aubrey, 1B

Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Cardinals Tuesday lineup

Chris Volstad takes the mound on Tuesday when the Marlins face the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. St. Louis is going with Chris Carpenter.

The Marlins are giving Hanley Ramirez and Omar Infante the day off. Matt Dominguez, who hit a two-run homer on Monday, is back in the lineup at third base.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Donnie Murphy, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) John Buck, C

5) Greg Dobbs, 1B

6) Scott Cousins, RF

7) Josh Kroeger, DH

8) Matt Dominguez, 3B

9) Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

– 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

Dobbs, Hill sign Minor League deals

The Marlins have another candidate to challenge for the left-handed bat off the bench role.

Greg Dobbs, who has spent the past four seasons with the Phillies, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

The 32-year-old also is a candidate to play either first or third base. In 88 games with the Phillies last year, Dobbs batted .196 with five homers and 15 RBIs.

Dobbs’ best seasons were in 2007 and 2008. In ’07, he batted .272 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs in 142 games. On Philadelphia’s 2008 World Series title team, Dobbs appeared in 128 games and he belted nine homers while driving in 40 runs. He batted .301 that season.

Dobbs has 292 career pinch-hit at-bats, and he has a .250 average in that role. But last year, he struggled and was 6-for-49 as a pinch-hitter.

The Marlins on Monday also officially announced the signing of right-hander Shawn Hill to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

– Joe Frisaro

J.J.-Bartlett's Oklahoma connection

On Friday night, Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson is expected to pitch to Tampa Bay’s Jason Bartlett. Aside from being competitors, these two have a little history, dating back to Oklahoma.

Johnson, Florida’s ace pitcher, used to watch Bartlett play baseball at the University of Oklahoma.

In fact, Bartlett was a college teammate of Johnson’s older brother, Tyler, an outfielder at OU from 2001-03.

Tyler, listed at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds during his college days, was two school years ahead of Josh, who is now making a strong case to become a National League All-Star.

The Marlins drafted Johnson in the fourth round in 2002. Had the right-hander not signed with Florida, he planned on attending OU to be on the same team with his brother.

Many times Johnson watched the Sooners play, and he saw Bartlett at the college level before he became a big league shortstop. Greg Dobbs of the Phillies also played at OU at the time.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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