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Marlins-Red Sox lineups

The Marlins and Red Sox face off at 1:05 p.m. at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad will look to secure a rotation spot. The Red Sox are going with knuckleball specialist Tim Wakefield.







1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Dan Uggla, 2B

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) John Baker, C

6) Mike Lamb, DH

7) Wes Helms, 1B

8) Bryan Petersen, RF

9) Brian Barden, SS







1) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2) Marco Scutaro, SS

3) Victor Martinez, C

4) Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5) David Ortiz, DH

6) J.D. Drew, RF

7) Adrian Beltre, 3B

8) Jeremy Hermida, LF

9) Bill Hall, 2B

— Joe Frisaro



Hermida returns as a Red Sox

As the Marlins were warming up on the back field at Roger Dean Stadium, a familiar face popped his head out of the weight room.

Jeremy Hermida, traded from the Marlins to Boston in the offseason, made the trip to Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday to play against his former club.

hermida1a.jpgSeveral players called out to Hermida, Florida’s first-round pick in 2002. And he spent a few minutes talking to some old friends.

“You definitely miss those guys,” Hermida said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever done this in my career, changing teams. You definitely miss those guys, you build relationships with them, no matter what. It’s tough to leave guys, but that’s part of the job. You meet some new guys here, and build new relationships.”

Hermida drove into Jupiter on Monday, and he spent the night at Cody Ross’s apartment.

Hermida said he received a warm reception the first time he stepped into the Boston clubhouse. In 2005, he was a September callup with Florida, and the roster then had Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett.

“It’s exciting being a part of this, playing for the Red Sox,” Hermida said. “A lot of kids grow up dreaming of playing in Fenway and putting a Boston uniform on. To get that opportunity is exciting.”

Hermida is sporting a full beard these days.

The Marlins have a more strict facial hair policy.

“That’s what you’re supposed to do in Boston, isn’t it?” Hermida quipped.

Ross said of Hermida: “He’s got that hair going, and the beard going.” 

— Joe Frisaro

(photo credit to Kelly Gavin/Florida Marlins)


Maybin's surgery a success

Cameron Maybin’s shoulder surgery was a success.

The 22-year-old Marlins center fielder underwent surgery on Monday to repair a partially torn labrium in his left shoulder. Maybin is expected to be ready when Spring Training opens in February.

Maybin dealt with shoulder discomfort late in the season, but he played through.

After opening the season as the Marlins starting center fielder, Maybin was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in May, shortly after Chris Coghlan was promoted.

Maybin received ample playing time in September, especially after Jeremy Hermida went down with a right oblique injury.

In September, Maybin batted .293 with eight doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

If Maybin isn’t ready when Spring Training begins, Cody Ross again could assume the center field spot.

Although Ross is in his second season of arbitration, he is expected to return. Ross projects to play right field if Maybin wins the center field job.

— Joe Frisaro

Market for Hermida

Speculation continues to run high that the Marlins will trade outfielder Jeremy Hermida this offseason.

The 25-year-old former first-round pick in 2002, came off a rough season, batting .259 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs. A strained right oblique on Sept. 2, limited him to one pinch-hit appearance in the final weeks of the season.

Hermida will be entering his second season of arbitration. He made $2.25 million this year, and by the nature of the system, he’d be in line for a raise.

The Marlins are hopeful Cameron Maybin will win the center field position, and Cody Ross is expected to return. Ross, also in his second season of arbitration, could be earmarked for right field, making Hermida expendable.

Some teams believed to be interested in Hermida are the Mariners, Rays, Mets and Blue Jays. The Cubs also could have interest.

Even though Hermida has yet to perform as so many envisioned, he does have value on the open market. He still would be a more affordable option than many soon-to-be free agent outfielders. Also, in arbitration, a team could control his rights for two seasons.

Several scouts feel Hermida may be one of those players who benefits by a change of scenery.

— Joe Frisaro



Taking it easy with Hermida

Since straining his right oblique on Sept. 2, Jeremy Hermida has worked hard to get back into the lineup.

“We’ve treated it aggressively and done all we could,” said the 25-year-old outfielder.

On Wednesday, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said chances are Hermida will not make another start this season. Florida has four games remaining, and Hermida says playing a full game would be troublesome.

However, the left-handed hitting outfielder says he is available to pinch-hit.

“As hard as it is to swallow the truth, [the oblique] just isn’t ready,” Hermida said. “But I can pinch-hit. Anything I can do to help the team, I will do.”

Hermida went 26 days without playing before he had a pinch-hit appearance on Monday at Atlanta. He felt a little sore after that at-bat — a strikeout. The Marlins considered pinch-hitting Hermida on Tuesday night, but his side didn’t feel right.

After the season, Hermida will be heading into his second year of arbitration. With changes expected after the season, speculation is he will not be with the club next year.

— Joe Frisaro


Maybin's renewed approach

From opening day center fielder, to spending most of the season at Triple-A New Orleans.

Cameron Maybin certainly has experienced his share of ups and downs this year. The way the talented 22-year-old from Asheville, N.C., is approaching September is to chip in whenever called upon.

“Whenever I get the call, I’ll try to come in and help out,” Maybin said. “Guys have been playing great all year. My biggest objective is to come in and help out when I can. Whether it’s coming off the bench running, pinch-hitting or getting a start.”

Maybin started in center field on Thursday night against the Braves. He made an impact hitting second behind Chris Coghlan. He had two doubles and drove in Florida’s first run in an 8-3 win.

The year didn’t go as planned for Maybin, who remains a highly-touted prospect.

Obtained from the Tigers as part of the Dontrelle Willis/Miguel Cabrera trade in 2007, Maybin is regarded as Florida’s center fielder of the future. What often is overlooked is the fact he is just 22-years-old, and all players develop at their own pace.

So after a rough start, Maybin was optioned to New Orleans in May. He was brought back on Aug. 31, and he likely will get some starts in the outfield, especially with Jeremy Hermida resting a right rib muscle ailment.

Maybin enjoyed a strong season at New Orleans, batting .319 with 18 doubles, eight triples, three home runs and 39 RBIs. Perhaps most telling is the fact he reduced his strikeouts, fanning 58 times in 298 at-bats, and he drew 38 walks. He had an impressive .399 on-base percentage.

“It’s a situation where you can go down and pout, and bury yourself in a bigger hole than you already are, or you can become a competitor and try to turn things around,” Maybin said. “My mindset is always to try to turn things around, and get the best out of any situation. I felt I did that this year. This game is a big test of character. I’ve always been able to bounce back from being down. You’ve got to be able to handle ups and downs.”

At the plate, Maybin used the season to get back to basics.

“For the most part, I was just getting back to the things that I had always done,” he said. “Using my legs when I hit. I was standing kind of straight up and it wasn’t working for me. Also I was just getting back the confidence that I’ve always had in myself. I think whenever I’m confident and relaxed, I can put good at-bats together.”

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins revamp Thursday lineup

The Marlins have shaken up the lineup in the series finale with the Braves on Thursday. Nick Johnson was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 16. Cameron Maybin is starting and playing center field. It’s Maybin’s first start for Florida since May 7, he spent most of the season at Triple-A New Orleans. And Andy Gonzalez, who had his contract selected on Thursday, started at shortstop.

Hanley Ramirez continues to rest his strained left hamstring.

Right fielder Jeremy Hermida aggravated a rib on Wednesday and he isn’t in Thursday’s lineup.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Johnson, 1B

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Carroll, RF

8) Gonzalez, SS

9) Nolasco, P

— Joe Frisaro


Nick Johnson ready?

Nick Johnson played six innings and had two at-bats in a rehab assignment on Wednesday night for Class A Jupiter.

It was the veteran first baseman’s second rehab game, and this is his first game action since Aug. 16, when he sprained his right hamstring.

With a couple of Marlins regulars dealing with minor ailments, is the team ready to reinstate Johnson on Thursday for their series finale with the Braves?

After the Marlins beat the Braves, 8-7, on Wednesday night, Fox Sports Florida’s Craig Minervini reported that Johnson said he was headed to Miami on Thursday and that he’s “good to go.”

After the game, Minervini exchanged text messages with Johnson.

The Marlins had been planning on Johnson joining the team on the road this weekend at Washington. That may change now out of need.

The team is dealing with a couple of ailments. Hanley Ramirez is resting a strained left hamstring, and outfielder Jeremy Hermida left Wednesday’s game with a right intercostal (rib) strain. Both are listed as day-to-day.

In two rehab games for Jupiter, Johnson is 1-for-3 with a double.

— Joe Frisaro


Revised Wednesday lineup

After initially being in the lineup on Wednesday, All-Star Hanley Ramirez was scratched less than two hours before the Marlins faced the Braves at Land Shark Stadium.

On Tuesday night, Ramirez was replaced in the fifth inning on Tuesday night with a tight left hamstring. Emilio Bonifacio started at short in place of Ramirez.

The Marlins look to rebound on Wednesday after dropping the first two games to Atlanta at Land Shark Stadium.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Uggla, 2B

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Ross, CF

6) Hermida, RF

7) Paulino, C

8) Bonifacio, SS

9) VandenHurk, P

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins Tuesday lineup

The Marlins will look to rebound in the second of four games with the Braves on Tuesday night at Land Shark Stadium.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Helms, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Hermida, RF

9) Sanchez, P

— Joe Frisaro