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Marlins to again visit troops

Logan Morrison and Wes Helms will be among the contingent of Marlins traveling overseas to visit the troops in early 2011.

For the second straight year, the Marlins will be spending time and supporting those serving in the armed forces. The trip will be from Feb. 3-11.

A year ago, John Baker and Chris Coghlan were among the group that traveled to Iraq and Kuwait.

Also scheduled to make the trip are Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, David Samson and three Marlins Mermaids.

More details on the upcoming visit will be forthcoming, and will once again provide extensive coverage of the trip.

— Joe Frisaro


Would Olivo be a fit in Florida?

The Marlins are looking for a catcher, and Miguel Olivo may soon be on the market.

On Wednesday, it was reported the Rockies will decline their end of Olivo’s mutual option for next year. The option was worth $2.7 million after the 32-year-old earned $2.5 million this season.

The Rockies will agree to pay a $500,000 buyout, freeing Olivo to explore the free agent market.

The Marlins are exploring catcher options, and there may be a fit with Olivo. At least internally, the team has brought up the possibility of bringing Olivo back to Florida, where he was a regular behind the plate in 2006 and 2007.

For the Rockies in 2010, Olivo appeared in 112 games, and he batted .269 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.

In 2006 and ’07 with the Marlins, Olivo belted 16 home runs in each season.

Catching is an area of need for Florida.

Ronny Paulino, who is arbitration eligible, was suspended for 50-games for violating MLB’s substance policy, and the team is weighing whether to bring him back.

John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery and he has not been cleared to begin baseball activities. With the uncertainty about when Baker will return, catcher is a primary position the Marlins are seeking to upgrade.

Olivo will at least draw consideration from Florida.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins on the mend

With a modest payroll, success for the Marlins’ largely rests on the team staying healthy.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest touched on that Wednesday during the announcement that Edwin Rodriguez would return as manager.

“We need to keep our starting pitching healthy,” Beinfest said. “We need to keep JJ, Ricky, Anibal and Vollie pitching deep into September. We really can’t afford to lose our starting pitching like we did this year.”

Josh Johnson missed the final few weeks with a back and shoulder ailment. Nolasco was out down the stretch with a meniscus tear in his right knee. Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad pitched down the stretched, and both actually finished up strong.

The Marlins will be counting on Johnson, Nolasco, Sanchez and Volstad to be four workhorses in 2011.

“One of the things we’re looking for the team to do too is to just grow up a little bit,” Beinfest said. “We’ve transitioned a little bit some of the guys who had been here since ’06. … Health and the arms will be important.”

Currently, several players are on the mend this offseason. Johnson and Nolasco are recovering nicely, and neither should have any restrictions when Spring Training gets underway.

Chris Coghlan is recovering from a meniscus tear in his left knee. Coghlan recently was checked out by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. As of now, he doesn’t have a timeline to start baseball activities.

Hanley Ramirez, who was bothered with left elbow inflammation, will soon be examined again by Kaplan to determine when he will begin baseball activities. Ramirez is spending much of the offseason in Miami working out. 

John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and he hasn’t begun baseball activities.

Sean West, who was in the Arizona Fall League, has been sent home with a left elbow strain. The 6-foot-8 lefty is scheduled to see Kaplan. The team doesn’t think the injury is serious, but more will be known after the visit.

Alex Sanabia, who missed his final start due to a right forearm strain, is making progress. The team didn’t think the ailment was serious.

Also on Wednesday, Beinfest noted that the team has had on-going discussions with Terry Bross, Dan Uggla’s agent, regarding a long-term contract for the power-hitting second baseman. There has been little movement, however, on a multiyear deal with Nolasco, who has two more seasons left in arbitration.

Beinfest said he was given his payroll range for the ’11 season. He didn’t give any estimates, but he noted payroll will be higher than the $46 million in 2010.

Look for Florida’s payroll to be in the $50 million range.

— Joe Frisaro


Surgery a success for Baker

Don’t rule out John Baker being back in 2011, and perhaps being ready for Spring Training.

Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday, having his right elbow ligament repaired by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. All went well.

baker1.jpgIn a text message on Friday, the Marlins catcher noted that he was upbeat. As for recovery, he said: “There were even some rumblings of the words ‘Spring Training.’ ”

Dr. Andrews on Friday also smoothed the olecranon — the bone at the tip of his right elbow. In 2007, Baker broke the same bone.

Baker is looking forward to soon beginning the recovery process, and he is looking forward to coming back “stronger than ever in 2011.”

With Baker out, Brad Davis currently is handling the Marlins catching duties. Chris Hatcher is backing up.

On Monday, the team added some catching depth by signing Mike Rivera to a Minor League contract. Rivera could join the club at any time.

— Joe Frisaro

(Photo courtesy of John Baker)

Rivera a catching option

Injuries have created a catching need for the Marlins.

Brett Hayes has a separated left shoulder, and on Friday, John Baker is undergoing Tommy John surgery.

To help address the ssituation, Mike Rivera, who has big league experience, has been signed to a Minor League contract. Rivera is at Triple-A New Orleans. He could join the Marlins at any time.

Brad Davis and Chris Hatcher are handling catching duties now for Florida.

— Joe Frisaro


Baker to have Tommy John surgery

The injury news isn’t getting any better for the Marlins.

On Friday, catcher John Baker will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The procedure will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Baker, who hasn’t played since May, may need about a year to recover.

Also, on Thursday, infielder Donnie Murphy, who dislocated his right wrist on Wednesday night, underwent surgery.

Murphy, who started at second base in the Marlins’ 16-10 win over the Nationals, dislocated his wrist while making a catch on Ian Desmond’s short fly ball into shallow center field in the fourth inning.

Sometime next week, pitcher Ricky Nolasco will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Nolasco is out for the season.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins in market for a catcher

Bullpen won’t be the only area the Marlins plan to address in the offseason.

The organization is strongly considering moving in another direction at catcher. Ronny Paulino recently was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s substance abuse policy.

This year, Paulino made $1.1 million. Through arbitration, he projects to see his salary increase to about $3 million in 2011.

Due to the suspension, he is out for the remainder of the season. The organization is cautious about wanting to pay $3 million to a player coming off a suspension. So they will be exploring other catching options.

If Paulino were to return, it would be at a marked down price.

The other catcher the Marlins expected to have this year faces the strong possibility of arm surgery.

John Baker, projected to get majority of the playing time this season, has been on the disabled list since mid-May. Baker visited a doctor on Monday, and chances are likely that he will be undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

Because of the situations with Paulino and Baker, the Marlins have made finding catching help a high priority. Adding catching help is up there with solidifying the bullpen.

Paulino played in 91 games and he batted .259 with four homers and 37 RBIs.

While he was especially solid in May and June, his numbers dropped significantly as he was playing every day. In June, he batted .287, and followed that up with a .174 batting average in July. In August, he appeared in 12 games, and was hitting .171 in the month when he was suspended.

Rookies Brett Hayes and Brad Davis are currently handling the catching duties.

— Joe Frisaro

Maybin ready after dehydrating

For precautionary reasons on Friday, Cameron Maybin was lifted from the Marlins game with the Braves.

At the time, the team called the ailment a minor left groin strain.

Maybin was confident after Florida beat Atlanta, 7-1, that he would be back in the lineup on Saturday. He was.

On Saturday afternoon, Maybin started in center field and he led off. He said he felt he dehydrated and cramped from the night before.

“I hadn’t played in hot weather for a few days,” Maybin said. “It was cool when we were in New York.”

Before facing the Braves at Turner Field, the Marlins were on the road against the Mets at Citi Field. Maybin, meanwhile, was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, and the  Zephyrs had been playing in the altitude in Albuquerque.

While Maybin is fine, the team received some discouraging news regarding catcher John Baker.

Baker’s right arm didn’t feel 100 percent after he played five innings in a rehab assignment game on Friday for Class A Jupiter. The hope was to have Baker play as the designated hitter on Saturday.

Baker has been on the disabled list since May with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said the team is easing up onBaker’s schedule. It’s too early to rule out if the catcher will play again for the Marlins this season. But the latest setback is reason for concern.

— Joe Frisaro


Baker on DL, Petersen recalled

The Marlins on Saturday placed catcher John Baker on the 15-day disabled list, retro to May 13, with a right flexor muscle strain.

Outfielder Bryan Petersen was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins added catching depth on Thursday when Brett Hayes was recalled from Triple-A.

In Spring Training, Baker was bothered by a right forearm muscle strain, and he missed considerable time.

Ronny Paulino has been playing mroe of late behind the plate. Paulino initially was platooning with Baker.

Outfielder John Raynor, who was returned to the Marlins after being a Rule 5 claim with the Pirates, is now playing for Triple-A New Orleans. Raynor had been seeing some action in extended spring in Jupiter.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins lineup vs. Cubs

Cameron Maybin is back in the lineup for the first time since last Saturday.

The Marlins beat the Cubs, 4-2, on Monday and on Tuesday they are sending Ricky Nolasco to the mound. Randy Wells is getting the nod for Chicago.








1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P








1) Kosuke Fukudome, RF

2) Ryan Theriot, 2B

3) Marlon Byrd, CF

4) Derrek Lee, 1B

5) Aramis Ramirez, 3B

6) Alfonso Soriano, LF

7) Geovany Soto, C

8) Starlin Castro, SS

9) Randy Wells, P


— Joe Frisaro