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Marlins roster set

With no more exhibition games to play, the Marlins on Saturday made their final moves to set their active and 40-man rosters.

Following an 8-7 loss to their low Class A Greensboro affiliate, the Marlins announced several transactions.

Outfielder Brett Carroll was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Carroll is on the DL, retroactive to March 26. Reliever Brian Sanches, who suffered a hamstring injury on Friday night, also will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

The Marlins also selected the contracts of infielders Brian Barden and Mike Lamb. Reliever Jose Veras also had his contract selected.

These moves set the 25-man roster.

The 40-man roster also has been set, as right-hander Cristhian Martinez and outfielder Jai Miller were designated for assignment. The roster now is at 40.

The Marlins now head to New York to get ready for Opening Day on Monday against the Mets at Citi Field.

The team will work out at Citi Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

For now, outfielder Cody Ross is on the active roster. Ross, recovering from a mild right calf strain, is hopeful to be in the Opening Day lineup. As a precaution, outfielder Scott Cousins will also head to New York, just in case a last minute decision is made to place Ross on the disabled list.

The Marlins roster includes 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Ronny Paulino, John Baker, Gaby Sanchez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Hanley Ramirez, Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Ross, Wes Helms, Emilio Bonifacio, Barden and Lamb.

The pitchers are: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad, Nate Robertson, Leo Nunez, Veras, Wood, Burke Badenhop, Clay Hensley, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

Designating Miller wasn’t completely unexpected. The Marlins Triple-A outfield will feature Bryan Petersen, Cousins and Jason Lane. And the organization has outfield depth at the Double-A level, with top prospect Mike Stanton in right field.

— Joe Frisaro


Cody still hopeful for Opener

Cody Ross continues to hold out hope that he will be ready for Opening Day.

Friday was another reason for optimism. Playing in a Minor League game with low Class A Greensboro, Ross had five at-bats as a designated hitter. Although he grounded out and lifted four flyouts, it was an encouraging afternoon.

codyross10.jpgRoss, who had an MRI on Tuesday, is recovering from a mild right calf strain. Whether he will be ready for the opener will be decided after he plays about five or six innings in the outfield in another Minor League game on Saturday.

The Marlins open on Monday against the Mets at Citi Field.

“We’ll see how I feel, and we’ll go from there,” Ross said Friday. “If all goes well, I’ll fly to New York.”

If the decision is made that Ross isn’t ready, he will open the season on the disabled list, retoactive to March 26. The earliest he would be activiated is April 10. But as of now, the hope is Ross will be ready.

If Ross did open on the DL, and a Minor Leaguer were to be called up, Scott Cousins is the frontrunner to get the nod. The other option is Jai Miller.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins make roster moves

Early on Friday, the Marlins made some additional roster moves.

Optioned to Triple-A New Orleans were Taylor Tankersley, Cristhian Martinez, Scott Cousins and Jai Miller.

Assigned to Minor League camp were Kasey Olenberger, Vinny Rottino and Danny Richar.

— Joe Frisaro


Mets lineup for Thursday

The Marlins and Mets are playing a 7:05 p.m. ET Grapefruit League gam on Thursday night at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.






1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Mike Jacobs, 1B

5) Jason Bay, LF

6) Jeff Francoeur, RF

7) Alex Cora, SS

8) Henry Blanco, C

9) Oliver Perez, P








1) Jai Miller, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

— Joe Frisaro


Ross, Maybin play catch

When the Marlins took the field for morning workouts at Roger Dean Stadium, among the group stretching were Cameron Maybin and Cody Ross.

That’s an encouraging sign considering both are dealing with left groin strains.

codycam1a.jpgAt this point, neither of them are running. But they will do some throwing. The hope, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, is they will miss “five or six days” and not five or six weeks.

Maybin was injured on Sunday while rounding third base and scoring a run against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Ross, meanwhile, tweaked his groin during warmups on Monday before the Marlins faced the Mets. The right fielder had been nursing a sore right thumb, which is feeling considerably better.

Ross took batting practice on the field and then hit in the cage. Maybin, meanwhile, threw but didn’t bat. He says he will do some batting on Wednesday.

Ross may test his legs by doing some light jogging on Wednesday.

With Ross and Maybin out, the Marlins are giving plenty of outfield opportunity to prospects in camp. Jai Miller started in center field on Tuesday against the Red Sox, and Bryan Petersen was in right field.

Catcher John Baker is expected to begin throwing on Wednesday. He’s been out with a right forearm muscle strain. On Monday, Baker took some swings off a tee on Monday.

Derrick Turnbow, out with a sore right shoulder, threw 33 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

Hampered by some tendinitis, the veteran right-hander is hoping to play in a game either on Friday or Saturday. He says he needs about seven or eight innings of work in Spring Training to be ready for the season.

Signed to a Minor League contract, Turnbow has an out clause that kicks in on April 1. If he feels he isn’t part of the team’s plans by that date, he could opt out and become a free agent.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo credit to Kelly Gavin/Florida Marlins)



Lineup vs. Red Sox

The Marlins will face the Red Sox today at 1:05 p.m. ET, with Anibal Sanchez taking the mound for Florida against Tim Wakefield.

The game at Roger Dean Stadium is sold out.


hanley1.jpg1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Bryan Petersen, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Jai Miller, RF

7) Mike Lamb, 1B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P


josh-beckett5.jpg1) Jacoby Ellsbury, DH

2) Bill Hall, 3B

3) Jeremy Hermida, LF

4) Lars Anderson, 1B

5) Josh Reddick, RF

6) Ryan Kalish, CF

7) Jed Lowrie, 2B

8) Dusty Brown, C

9) Yamaico Navarro, SS

Tim Wakefield, P

— Joe Frisaro


Lineup vs. Mets in Jupiter

Initially, Cody Ross was in the lineup for the Marlins against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday. But after feeling some discomfort during batting practice, Ross was scratched from the starting lineup. Scott Cousins is filling in at right field.

Ross has been nursing a sore right thumb. But the discomfort he felt on Monday was the result of a groin strain.

The Marlins and Mets will be playing at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

The Mets lineup is set:


MrMetlogo4.jpg1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Fernando Martinez, RF

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Jason Bay, LF

5) Daniel Murphy, 1B

6) Rod Barajas, C

7) Russ Adams, 2B

8) Ruben Tejada, SS

9) John Maine, P


marlinschampring.jpg1) Jai Miller, CF

2) Jorge Jimenez, 3B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Scott Cousins, RF

6) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

7) Brett Carroll, LF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Ryan Tucker, P

— Joe Frisaro


Recap from Thursday

The opening of their Grapefruit League season was an eventful one for the Marlins.

On a chilly 61-degree afternoon, the Marlins defeated the Nationals, 10-4, at Roger Dean Stadium.

anibal3aa.jpgAnibal Sanchez pitched two innings, giving up one run, while throwing 41 pitches. A radar gun reading had the 26-year-old right-hander topping out at 90 mph. For this time of year, before pitchers build up more arm strength, that’s pretty good.

A native of Maracay, Venezuela, Sanchez grew up playing in extremely hot conditions. A typical day would be pitching in 98 or more degree weather.

Thursday’s chilly conditions reminded Sanchez of when he pitched in Portland, Maine, in the Red Sox system in 2005.

“In ’05, I pitched in Portland, Maine,” Sanchez said. “Cold. We made it to the finals, and it was really cold.”

These chilly days may end up helping the Marlins prepare for their first series of the season. Florida opens at the Mets in Citi Field on April 5.

Trip to Port St. Lucie:  On Friday, the Marlins face the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Not making the trip will be Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla. Some of the players who are traveling are Chris Coghlan, Jorge Cantu, John Baker, Cameron Maybin, Jorge Jimenez, Matt Dominguez, Bryan Petersen and Mike Stanton.

High on Jimenez: Manager Fredi Gonzalez repeated on Thursday what he’s said for a while, Jimenez could make the club as the regular third baseman, if he surprises in Spring Training. The Rule 5 pickup, was obtained by the Marlins in December to complete the Matt Lindstrom trade to Houston.

If Jimenez shows he can hit, and no winner emerges in the first base competition between Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez, the Marlins may use another option. In that scenario, Cantu would flip back to first base, and Jimenez could go to third.

“Who knows, Jimenez might win the job, we have that kind of flexibility,” Gonzalez said. “Let’s not put it out of the realm of possibility. If he plays well, we could put him at third and Jorge at first. It fits.”

Maybin’s area for improvement:  Asked to rate Cameron Maybin’s defense, Gonzalez said: “Average.”

Noting that Maybin is not a finished product, Gonzalez says the 22-year-old needs more work on his throwing and getting better reads on fly balls.

“Right now, his breaks on balls, he catches up because of his speed,” Gonzalez said. “You want him to be able to read balls, and then the speed is there. For example, [Brett] Carroll and Cody Ross not as fast as Maybin, but they’re pretty fundamentally sound, and they get [good] breaks and reads on balls.”

Odds and ends:  Donnie Murphy had two hits and four RBIs in Thursday’s win. Bryan Petersen went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. The Marlins were held hitless through three innings before Petersen opened the fourth with a homer. … During his start against the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday, Ricky Nolasco’s fastball reached 91 mph. He mainly in the 88-90 range, normal for now. … Outfield prospect Jai Miller is someone to keep an eye on as Spring Training progresses. He has upside and terrific athletic ability.

— Joe Frisaro





White Sox claim De Aza

With so many outfield prospects in their system, Alejandro De Aza got caught in a numbers game.

The Marlins didn’t have a priority to retain the 25-year-old, who now will be getting an opportunity to play elsewhere.

The White Sox on Wednesday claimed De Aza off waivers.

At Triple-A New Orleans, De Aza batted .300 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. He also appeared in 22 games for the Marlins, and he had 20 at-bats, batting .250 with a double and three RBIs.

Injuries hurt De Aza in recent years.

De Aza won the starting center field job in Spring Training of 2007, but early in the season he suffered an ankle injury that limited him to 45 games that year. He missed all of 2008 due to injury.

The Marlins are projecting Cameron Maybin will be their Opening Day center fielder. The team also has Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Coghlan in left field.

The Marlins also have outfield prospects John Raynor, Scott Cousins, Jai Miller and Bryan Petersen, who is in the Arizona Fall League.

Florida’s top prospect is outfielder Michael Stanton, a 19-year-old also getting some extra work this fall in Arizona.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins first cuts

The Marlins made their first significant roster moves on Friday morning.

Veteran outfielder Jay Gibbons was released, ending his quest to hook on with the club after he last played in the big leagues in 2007.

Assigned to Minor League camp are: RHP Michael Wood, RHP Jose Ceda, C Miguel Fermin, C Kyle Skipworth, 3B Matt Dominguez and OF Michael Stanton.

The team also optioned OF Jai Miller to Triple-A New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro