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Baker homers in Minors game

Slowed by an injury for most of Spring Training, John Baker welcomed an encouraging day at the park.

Getting four plate appearances in a Triple-A game against the Cardinals, Baker went 2-for-3 with a home run and a hit by pitch.

johnbaker.jpgHitting second every inning, Baker delivered an opposite-field home run in his first at-bat. In his second at-bat, he was grazed on the right elbow. The Marlins regular catcher struck out in his next time up. He added a single.

Baker hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game due to a strained right forearm muscle.

His plans for Friday could be pretty similar to Thursday. Baker may test his arm by throwing the bases on Friday. He also may be the designated hitter in a Class A game on the back fields in Jupiter.

If that goes well, Baker could be in a Grapefruit League game as early as Saturday.

Also, prospect Mike Stanton (sore left elbow) took some swings on Thursday. Stanton didn’t swing a bat for two days after slightly hyper-extending his elbow on Monday. He could be in a game this weekend.

— Joe Frisaro


Ross in lineup

For the first time since March 4, the Marlins Grapefruit League opener, Cody Ross is in the lineup to play the field.

Out with a strained left groin, Ross is scheduled to start in right field on Monday against the Twins at Roger Dean Stadium.

Last Saturday against the Rays in Port Charlotte, Ross had three at-bats as the designated hitter.

Not wanting to push it, Ross will get two at-bats and play the field for a few innings. If all goes well, he will again be in the field on Tuesday.

In other injury news, the team is targeting the weekend for the possible return of John Baker and Cameron Maybin.

Maybin, who has been out for a week with a strained left groin, is scheduled to test his leg by running the bases on Tuesday. Baker, who has been getting at-bats but he hasn’t caught, is recovering from a strained right forearm muscle. His last hurdle will be throwing the ball to the bases on Thursday.

“Maybin, he’s going to run the bases tomorrow, and we’re shooting for this weekend,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Baker is probably about the same.”

If Maybin returns by the weekend, Gonzalez feels confident that he will have enough chances to get his timing back at the plate.

“We still have got some time lef,” Gonzalez said. “The biggest thing we want to know about are the at-bats. As soon as we get those Minor League games going, we can get him all the at-bats we want. We can lead him off every inning. I’m not worried about the time left.”

— Joe Frisaro




Ross, Baker slated for Friday

Feeling no discomfort throwing, running and hitting, Marlins outfielder Cody Ross says he is “100 percent” ready to return to game action.

Hampered by a strained left groin the past few days, Ross is scheduled to travel with the club to Sarasota, Fla., and he’s ready to be in the lineup on Friday against the Orioles. On Friday and Saturday, the Marlins will be on the western part of the state. They face the Rays in Port Charlotte on Saturday.

“I wouldn’t go over there if I didn’t feel like it was 100 percent,” Ross said.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez is considering using Ross on Friday, perhaps in the outfield or maybe as the designated hitter. Some of that decision could depend on the health of catcher John Baker, who hasn’t played in any Grapefruit League games due to a strained right forearm muscle.

Baker also is making the trip. The Marlins plan on giving Baker at-bats as the DH. He hasn’t done any serious throwing in more than a week.

Ross on Friday took batting practice, and he ran without any discomfort.

“I am 100 percent confident. Why am I confident? I don’t feel it right now,” Ross said. “It feels like when I first started. It feels normal. If it was something that I feel would linger on, I wouldn’t go out there. I’d shut it down.”

Ross’ injury is less severe than center fielder Cameron Maybin, who also has a left groin strain, has been hitting and doing some drills on the field.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez projects Maybin to be back — at the earliest — in the middle of next week.

Also making the trip will be reliever Derrick Turnbow, who has been nursing right shoulder tendinitis. Turnbow is expected to pitch on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro 

Baker may DH over weekend

A strained right forearm muscle has kept John Baker out of action for the entire Grapefruit League season.

In recent days, however, the left-handed hitting catcher has taken some swings. On Wednesday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Baker could travel with the team this weekend to the west coast of Florida.

johnbaker.jpgThe Marlins are considering using Baker as the designated hitter on Friday against the Orioles at Saturday against the Rays.

Baker is easing back into a throwing routine. The only game action he’s seen thus far has been On March 3 in the exhibition with the University of Miami. He had one at-bat in that game.

Gonzalez also didn’t rule out Cody Ross (strained left groin) getting into a game this weekend. That’s what the team is targeting, but they won’t rush things.

Gonzalez added that Ross’ ailment isn’t as serious as Cameron Maybin, who also has a strained left groin.

Baker, Ross and Maybin stayed in Jupiter on Wednesday, getting treatment and doing light baseball activities.

Ross and Maybin were scheduled to do some hitting on Wednesday.

Ross did some running also, and there is a chance he could play on Friday.

— 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)



Maybin, Ross resting injuries

Early prognosis is Cameron Maybin will not do baseball activities for at least a few days. Perhaps by the end of the week, he will be on his way to returning to games.

Maybin strained his left groin on Sunday while scoring on a play from first-to-third.

cody1a.JPGMaybin isn’t the only projected Marlins starting outfielder to be out for a few days with an injury. Right fielder Cody Ross, who has been resting a sore right thumb, was scratched from the starting lineup after taking batting practice and doing normal pregame workouts.

While warming up, Ross strained his groin. His thumb didn’t bother him hitting.

Ross was on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium, taking swings before the Marlins were scheduled to face the Mets at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Ross initially was in the starting lineup, set to bat fifth. Scott Cousins replaced Ross.

In the meantime, catcher John Baker (strained right forearm muscle) may start throwing on Wednesday, when he also could begin taking batting practice. Reliever Derrick Turnbow (sore right shoulder) also could begin throwing again on Wednesday.

Maybin noted he may slow down a bit when he knows he is scoring easily.

“We’ve been running all spring, and running first-to-home,” Maybin said on Monday. “I thought I had got to third as fast as I have all spring. My legs felt great. That’s definitely a good thing. Now, I know when I can score easily to back off a little bit.”

— Joe Frisaro



On the mend … Ross ready to go

With some protective wrapping on his right hand, Cody Ross took batting practice on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday , Going through a full practice of fielding, throwing and hitting, the outfielder said “I’m good to go.”

Ross has been resting a sore right thumb. He is out of the lineup on Sunday, but he will play on Monday against the Mets in Jupiter. The Marlins have a split squad day. They also play at Viera against the Nationals.

Catcher John Baker (strained right foreman muscle) could be playing in games again by Wednesday or Thursday. The same is true for reliever Derrick Turnbow (sore right shoulder).

— Joe Frisaro


Sunday lineup vs. Cardinals

Cameron Maybin will be leading off for the first time in Spring Training, as manager Fredi Gonzalez shuffles his roster.

The Marlins face the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium.

Still not ready for game action are Cody Ross (sore right thumb) and John Baker (strained forearm muscle). Ross expects to take batting practice on Sunday. Baker is on no throw schedule and likely won’t play in a game at least until mid week.


Florida_Marlins_logo.gif1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Donnie Murphy, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Brett Carroll, RF

7) Bryan Petersen, LF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Sean West, P


cardinalslogo1a.gif1) Julio Lugo, SS

2) Felipe Lopez, 2B

3) Ryan Ludwick, RF

4) Matt Holliday, LF

5) Yadier Molina, C

6) David Freese, 3B

7) Nick Stavinoha, DH

8) Joe Mather, 1B

9) Shane Robinson, CF

Pitching — Kyle McClellan

— Joe Frisaro


Baker, Turnbow, Ross resting ailments

Some minor ailments have popped up in Marlins camp. Nothing major, but issues the team is taking precautionary measures with.

Catcher John Baker took an MRI on Friday, and he has a muscle strain in his right forearm. He has been shut down from throwing for three days. Reliever Derrick Turnbow has a sore right shoulder, and outfielder Cody Ross has a sore right thumb.

Ross was jammed while taking swings in live batting practice. He should be ready in a couple of days. Turnbow also shouldn’t miss more than another couple of games.

— Joe Frisaro


Baker resting sore forearm

John Baker’s sore forearm is keeping him out of game action for at least a few games.

The Marlins catcher didn’t make the trip to Port St. Lucie on Friday, and on Saturday manager Fredi Gonzalez said a possible return to game action could come in the middle of next week.

“We’ll give him a couple of days. It’s just a tight forearm,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll give him a couple of days of no throw. He should be fine.”

Baker was scheduled to start against the Mets on Friday, but Brett Hayes got the call instead.

On Saturday, Ronny Paulino was in the lineup to catch Josh Johnson in a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro


Maybe the middle of the week, for games.