Results tagged ‘ John Baker ’

Dominguez has stomach virus

JUPITER, Fla. — The stomach virus that has gone around Marlins camp has caught up to Matt Dominguez.

The 21-year-old third baseman was sent home on Tuesday morning. In recent days, Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez, Brett Hayes and John Baker each have dealt with flu-like symptoms.

Dominguez is battling for the third base job, and he’s been struggling of late.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said a decision should be made on the third base job by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Dominguez is scheduled to make the trip to Lake Buena Vista on Wednesday to face the Braves.

While the Marlins would like to see Dominguez’s defense in the lineup, Rodriguez said: “We’re not going to force the situation.”

Other items of note from Edwin’s morning media session:

* Mike Stanton and Chris Coghlan are both playing the outfield in Minor League games on Tuesday. Both are expected to play for the Marlins on Thursday against the Red Sox.

Rodriguez sounds confident that both will be ready for the April 1 Opening Night game with the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

* Josh Johnson should throw 85-90 pitches on Tuesday against the Twins. Ryan Webb, Leo Nunez and Mike Dunn also are expected to pitch.

* Greg Dobbs is making his first start in the outfield on Tuesday, getting action in right field. Dobbs is a frontrunner to win the lefty bat off the bench job.

* Emilio Bonifacio, while a candidate to play either second or third base if Dominguez doesn’t make the team, also is an option in center field if Coghlan isn’t ready for Opening Day.

* Donnie Murphy is certainly in the mix to play third base.

* Rodriguez added that the final days of camp should be interesting because cuts made by other clubs could impact the Marlins. For instance, Florida may look to pick up a player or two who are released from other camps.

Joe Frisaro

Sanabia gets start vs. Twins

The Marlins are sending Alex Sanabia to the mound on Monday to face the Twins in Fort Myers.

The right-hander is getting the nod now that Javier Vazquez has been scratched due to mild right elbow soreness.

Over the past week, Sanabia has dealt with some minor discomfort in his right elbow. He also has been working on some things with his delivery.

Sanabia is expected to throw only one inning. Brad Hand, Dan Jennings and Clay Hensley are also scheduled to pitch.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Ozzie Martinez, SS
3) Greg Dobbs, 1B
4) John Buck, C
5) Matt Dominguez, 3B
6) John Baker, DH
7) Joe Thurston, 2B
8) Scott Cousins, RF
9) Chris Lubanski, LF

Joe Frisaro

Lineup for Game 2

The Marlins are set to face the Tigers on Thursday night, weather permitting.

Sean West is slated to start for Florida, while Detroit is going with Justin Verlander for the 7:05 p.m. contest at Roger Dean Stadium.

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Logan Morrison, LF
5) John Buck, C
6) Greg Dobbs, 1B
7) Matt Dominguez, 3B
8) John Baker, DH
9) Josh Kroeger, RF

Joe Frisaro

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

Coghlan in lineup vs. Mets

Javier Vazquez makes his first Grapefruit League start, and his second Spring Training appearance on Friday. The right-hander tossed two perfect innings this past Sunday against the University of Miami.

Vazquez will be facing the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

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1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Omar Infante, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) John Buck, C

7) John Baker, DH

8) Matt Dominguez, 3B

9) Bryan Petersen, RF

Joe Frisaro

Stanton out at least 2 weeks

The good news is Mike Stanton came into camp on Monday morning feeling better. But time will tell how long the Marlins right fielder will be out with a strained right quad.

Stanton suffered the injury while sprinting to first base on a ground out on Sunday in Florida’s 9-8 loss to the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

In the afternoon, Stanton told reporters he will miss at least two weeks.

“It’s night and day better than yesterday,” the outfielder said.

“He came in today, and he felt better,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “But still, it’s too early to tell. The trainers are going to wait two or three more days to see how he feels. Then, he will have a better idea of how serious the injury is.”

It’s encouraging that Stanton is feeling better, but it will be several days, if not a week or more before he is expected back.

The team is being extra cautious.

Items of note from Rodriguez’s morning session with the media:

* Donnie Murphy is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist. If he continues to show he is healthy, Murphy has a strong chance to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. Rodriguez said he would like to keep both Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio.

* Gaby Sanchez is batting cleanup in place of Stanton.

* Bryan Petersen is getting the starting nod in right field on Monday. Dewayne Wise is playing center field as Chris Goghlan gets the day off. Wise is getting an opportunity now that Stanton is out for a little while. Petersen, Scott Cousins and Josh Kroeger also will see time in right field.

* John Baker took some swings in a simulated game on Monday morning. Omar Poveda and Alex Sanabia each threw in the sim game.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

No defense against the walks

For all the talk about improving defensively, the Marlins encountered something they couldn’t defend on Sunday.

The bullpen combined to walk 11 in a 9-8 loss against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

“We’re going to be better defending on the field,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “But we can’t defend the walks.”

Prospects Chad James, Brad Hand, Jhan Marinez and Dan Jennings accounted for all 11 walks.

Other items of note on Sunday.

* Rodriguez said the dugout went silent for about five seconds when Mike Stanton pulled up while running to first base in the second inning. Stanton stumbled to the ground at first base, and he exited with a strained right quad.

“It’s still early, but we want to make sure he’s 100 percent when he is on the field,” Rodriguez said.

* With Stanton out, Dewayne Wise will receive more work in right field. Scott Cousins and Bryan Petersen also will be in the mix. Rodriguez singled Wise out, saying he likes what he is seeing from the non-roster invitee.

* Gaby Sanchez is expected to bat cleanup with Stanton out.

* Hanley Ramirez should be in the lineup on Monday in the Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. But center fielder Chris Coghlan will not be playing, even though he felt fine after playing a couple of innings on Sunday.

* Ricky Nolasco likely will throw off the mound for the first time on Wednesday. Nolasco has been nursing a sore right thumb.

* Catcher John Baker’s became a father on Feb. 24 when his wife, Meghan, gave birth to a baby girl.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Baker willing to play some 1B

In hopes of making the Opening Day roster, Marlins catcher John Baker is willing to make some changes.

To help his chances, Baker is ready to play some first base until his throwing arm is at full strength.

“I’m completely willing to do something like that, and I will,” said Baker, who has only caught during his big league career. “We have a new infield instructor. Perry Hill is back. Maybe that is something I do this year as well.”

Recovering from Tommy John ligament surgery, Baker isn’t expected to be game ready as a catcher until perhaps May. Entering Spring Training, he is competing for a roster spot primarily as a left-handed bat off the bench.

Baker played some first base at the Minor League level when he was in the A’s system in 2005. He appeared at first in 17 games that season. Also as a Minor Leaguer with the Marlins, he made a few appearances at first base, three times with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2007, and once in Triple-A in 2008.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Back to basics for Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Perfect the basics is the way the youthful Marlins plan on competing in the competitive NL East.

With such a young squad, manager Edwin Rodriguez is stressing the obvious in Spring Training.

“Master the obvious,” Rodriguez said on Thursday morning. “We’ve got to throw strikes and make the routine plays.”

Marlins pitchers and catchers begin their Spring Training workouts about 1 p.m. ET on Friday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. The first day of camp is open to the public.

For eight seasons, Rodriguez was a Minor League instructor and manager in the Marlins’ organization. In his first Spring Training as a big league manager, Rodriguez is emphasizing the little things.

Also, the routines that will be in big league camp will also filter down to the Minor League levels.

Another objective in Spring Training is to teach players how to win close ballgames. Rodriguez said about 80 percent of all big league games last year were decided by one or two runs.

“Aggressive baserunning. Good situational hitting. Pitchers understanding the game situations,” Rodriguez said.”The outfielders throwing to the right bases. Keeping the double play in order.”

Rodriguez also said he has given all the coaches in the organization some homework over the next few days. He is asking them to write down ways to win ballgames.

“We want everybody on the same page,” Rodriguez said. “Especially playing in a division that is loaded with good pitching. You’re not going to see those guys in Philadelphia allowing a three-run home run too often. So whenever they give us a chance, we’ve got to score runs. A big inning off those guys is two runs.”

* From an injury standpoint, no Marlins are entering Spring Training with restrictions. Center fielder Chris Coghlan, who is recovering from surgery to his left knee, is full-go. But because he missed half of the 2010 season, he will be closely monitored.

“We have to be very careful,” Rodriguez said. “He’s in very good shape. But then again, it’s not the same as being in the game for six, seven, eight innings.”

John Baker (Tommy John surgery) will be active hitting in Spring Training, but he may not be ready to catch until sometime in May, Rodriguez said.

Brett Hayes (separated left shoulder) is fully ready to go. Donnie Murphy (dislocated right wrist) has been fielding, running and hitting. “We don’t want to overload him [hitting] early in the spring,” Rodriguez said.

* Being manager has its perks. Rodriguez now has two parking spaces. “I have two parking spots, and I only have one car,” he said. As a Minor League manager last year, he would get rides to camp.

– Joe Frisaro

Rockies eye Paulino, Baker recovering

Non-tendered recently by the Marlins, catcher Ronny Paulino is expected to garner a bit of attention at the Winter Meetings.

Now a free agent, Paulino is on the radar of the Rockies, who are looking for a veteran backup for Chris Iannetta.

Russell Martin and Benji Molina also have been linked as possibilities for Colorado.

Paulino became expendable after Florida signed free agent John Buck to a three-year, $18 million contract.

Florida is not seeking backup catching help.

John Baker, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow, projects to eventually back up Buck. Because of the surgery, Baker is not expected to be at full throwing strength at the start of Spring Training.

However, Baker is a candidate to make the Opening Day roster as perhaps a left-handed pinch-hitter. Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest noted recently that Baker is being viewed in the lefty pinch-hit role, even if he isn’t ready to play defensively.

In that scenario, Brad Davis and Brett Hayes would have strong chances to make the team as the second string catcher.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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