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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

Camping out Thursday

The highlights of Thursday’s Marlins camp:

* Cody Ross went to his season home in Plantation, Fla., to be with his wife Summer, who gave birth to a baby girl early Thursday afternoon. Haven Leigh Ross was born at 1:03 p.m. ET. Ross is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.

* Jose Ceda (right shoulder) has been cleared to begin playing catch on Friday.

* With Ross out of camp, Jay Gibbons and Brett Carroll played a lot of right field in drills.

* Prospect Logan Morrison worked with Wes Helms at first base during infield drills that were run by infield coach Andy Fox. On the same field were Hanley Ramirez and Robert Andino at shortstop, Dan Uggla and Alfredo Amezaga at second base, and Jorge Cantu and Emilio Bonifacio at third base.

* Dallas McPherson and Gaby Sanchez were working at first base on Thursday on the field with the prospects.

* Brett Carroll and Scott Cousins are regarded as having the strongest arms in the outfield.

– Joe Frisaro

Camping out Wednesday

Some of happenings at camp on Wednesday:

* Reliever Jose Ceda’s sore right shoulder is preventing him from throwing for four or five days.

* Cody Ross will be away from the team for a couple of days because his wife is slated to have labor induced on their second child. The baby is scheduled to be born on Thursday, and Ross expects to be out Thursday and Friday, and perhaps Saturday.

* A couple of sleepers to keep an eye on are outfielder John Raynor and reliever Tim Wood.

* Third baseman Matt Dominguez, the 19-year-old first-round pick from 2007, is showing why he is so highly regarded. Dominguez is a slick fielder, and he draws comparisons to Mike Lowell.

* Jay Gibbons in drills is working in left field with Jeremy Hermida, and Brett Carroll is backing up Ross in right field.

– Joe Frisaro

Johnson befuddles hitters

Josh Johnson wasted little time bringing the heat.

Pitching live batting practices to hitters on Wednesday, the 6-foot-7 right-hander basically dominated.

“Nasty,” said Cody Ross, who had the unenviable task of facing Johnson. “The ball was cutting four or five inches at 95 mph.”

Marlins special assistant Jeff Conine joked with Johnson: “Way to help the [hitters] get dialed-in.”

The group that faced Johnson had Ross, John Baker, Dallas McPherson and Jay Gibbons. The first foul ball was greeted with a, “Take that, Johnson!” from hitting coach Jim Presley.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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