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Open workout at Sun Life

Marlins fans will be able to get a quick look at the ballclub before the regular season opens on April 1 against the Mets.

The Marlins’ Thursday, March 31, workout will be open to the public for free at Sun Life Stadium. It will be the club’s last day of drills before the regular season gets underway.

The workout will begin at 7 p.m., and the gates will open at 6 p.m.

For the first time, the Marlins will open their season at night. The April 1 contest starts at 7 p.m.

Josh Johnson will make his second Opening Day start.

It also will be the Marlins’ final opener at Sun Life Stadium. In 2012, the team will move into their retractable-roof stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami.

Tickets for the opener are available on www.marlins.com.

Joe Frisaro
 

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

Marlins lineup vs. Twins

JUPITER, Fla. — After a day off, the Marlins are back in action on Tuesday afternoon, taking on the Twins at Roger Dean Stadium.

Josh Johnson will face former Marlins right-hander Carl Pavano.

Donnie Murphy will be playing third base.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, C
7) Greg Dobbs, RF
8) Donnie Murphy, 3B
9) Josh Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

Rotation order not quite set

JUPITER, Fla. — There are no real openings in the Marlins rotation. But the order of the five starters may not yet be set in stone.

Aside from Josh Johnson starting on Opening Night (April 1) against the Mets, the rest of the order is subject to change.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Saturday morning that Johnson is locked in at No. 1, but the team wants to make sure Ricky Nolasco is ready to pitch the second game.

Key for Nolasco is how he does in his third start, which is March 23 against the Braves.

“If Ricky feels good after his third outing, he should be ready to go,” Rodriguez said.

Nolasco is recovered from a sprained right thumb and surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The right-hander has had two rough outings, including giving up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings on Friday to the Astros.

Nolasco feels fine, health wise. Rodriguez noted that it isn’t the health of his 28-year-old right-hander, “it’s the quality of his pitches.”

The Marlins would like their rotation to be Johnson, Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.

Rodriguez says more will be known on the order of the rotation after Nolasco’s next start.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup vs. Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. — Plans to start Chris Coghlan in center field in back-to-back Grapefruit League have been scrapped.

Due to tendinitis and inflammation in his right shoulder, Coghlan will be playing in Minor League games for at least a while. Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Initially, manager Edwin Rodriguez was set to go with another lineup, which included a number of backups. But Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez all approached the manager and said they wanted to play, and an adjustment was made.

“The regular players all came in and said they wanted to play,” Rodriguez said. “That was good to see.”

Josh Johnson will be making the start for the Marlins. Jake Westbrook is throwing for the Cardinals.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, DH
7) Matt Dominguez, 3B
8) Brett Hayes, C
9) Scott Cousins, RF

CARDINALS

1) Matt Carpenter, DH
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Lance Berkman, RF
6) David Freese, 3B
7) Dan Descalso, 2B
8) Gerald Laird, C
9) Tyler Greene, SS

Joe Frisaro

Marlins have unanswered questions

JUPITER, Fla. — With Opening Day just 2 1/2 weeks away, the Marlins still have a number of unanswered questions, including a couple they had entering Spring Training.

Here’s a quick list of issues that remain unresolved:

1) Chris Coghlan’s transition to center field remains unclear, simply because he hasn’t had much game time at the position. Initially, the team eased him back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. As his leg continued to heal, Coghlan also dealt with a sore right shoulder.

The ailments have limited Coghlan to playing center field in just four Grapefruit League games, the last one coming on March 7. He also played a couple of innings in center in the Feb. 27 exhibition with the University of Miami.

Coghlan is in the starting lineup in center field on Wednesday.

2) Will Mike Stanton be ready for Opening Night? The strained right quad has kept him out of all the Grapefruit League games. He suffered the injury on Feb. 27 in the scrimmages with UM.

If the 21-year-old can be back for the final seven or so Grapefruit League games, he probably would be fine for the April 1 opener. Even so, you have to wonder how effective will he be early due to lost time.

Foremost they need Stanton healthy. The reason they aren’t rushing things is the team doesn’t want the injury to linger throughout the year.

3) How are Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson doing? Johnson missed the final few weeks of 2010 with back/shoulder problems. He’s healthy, and the life is returning to his fastball. But JJ hasn’t been particularly sharp so far. Not to worry, right now he is working on his changeup, a pitch he will count on to keep hitters honest.

Johnson’s slider remains nasty, and he can use it as an out-pitch on a regular basis. So he is working in a changeup, as he did in an effective start last Saturday against the Red Sox. JJ was throwing his changeup in hitters’ counts, and situations that he wouldn’t use it during the regular season.

As for Nolasco, he’s missed the final month of ’10 with a torn meniscus in his right knee, which required surgery. The right-hander also missed the first half of Spring Training with a sprained right thumb. He was wild in his March 13 debut with the Nationals. His velocity was about 89 mph.

The outing was a rough one, which isn’t totally unexpected. It may take him several starts in Spring Training, and even the early part of the regular season, to get the feel of all his pitches.

4) Who will bat cleanup is Stanton is out? It looks like Gaby Sanchez would get the first call. Sanchez had a strong rookie year in 2010, and he would be a prime candidate to bat fourth until Stanton is ready to return.

5) Has the defense improved? For a few weeks, it looked like it had. Then there was a collective breakdown last Friday in Port St. Lucie. There were more defensive lapses on Tuesday in Port Charlotte.

The organization has gone through great strides to improve in the field. Highly respected infield coach Perry Hill was brought back to get the defense on track. Now it’s up to the players to make the plays that should be outs.

6) Is the rotation healthy? Javier Vazquez (mild right elbow soreness) and Anibal Sanchez (right shin) were each scratched from their scheduled starts on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Both should be back this weekend.

Joe Frisaro

Short takes from Sunday

JUPITER, Fla. — Ricky Nolasco will make his first Spring Training start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Grapefruit League game is set to start at 1:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MLB.TV and it is the first of four games being aired by Fox Sports Florida.
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Before the game, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met briefly with the beat writers to preview the day.

Nolasco is expected to throw about 55-60 pitches, or three innings. If all goes well, he remains on pace to be the No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson.

The Marlins open on April 1 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium. Nolasco is on pace to pitch on April 2.

Worth noting:

* Anibal Sanchez threw his bullpen session on Saturday, and all went well with his bruised right shin/calf area. Sanchez was struck by a comeback grounder on Thursday. Initially, he was supposed to test the leg on Sunday, but he threw on Saturday instead.

Sanchez has been cleared to start against the Rays on Tuesday in Port Charlotte. If for some reason he can’t make the start, Sean West is a likely fallback option. But the team fully expects Sanchez to be ready to go.

* Mike Stanton did some light running with the team on Sunday morning. He still isn’t pushing his strained right quad. The hope is Stanton can be used as a designated hitter later this week in Minor League games. Rodriguez is hopeful Stanton can play in Grapefruit League games the final week of Spring Training. So it may be doubtful the 21-year-old is playing with the big league club before March 26.

* Wes Helms (sore shoulder) is available to be a designated hitter, but he isn’t doing much throwing.

Joe Frisaro

Nolasco set for Sunday

Midway through Spring Training, Ricky Nolasco at last is ready for some game action.

The Marlins announced on Thursday that the 28-year-old right-hander would indeed make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. He is expected to throw three innings or about 55-60 pitches.

Barring any setbacks, Nolasco should make four Grapefruit League starts, and he is lined up to pitch Florida’s second game of the season, on April 2 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

Nolasco jammed his right thumb prior to Spring Training, and he has been working his way back. He was given the green light to start on Sunday after he threw an encouraging live batting practice session on Thursday.

“By the time that first start comes around on April 2, I should be at 90 pitches,” Nolasco said.

The Marlins will start Josh Johnson in the season opener on April 1, and Nolasco is on course to be the No. 2 starter.

Mechanically, Nolasco is still refining things.

“I feel good. There are things I could work on, but those come with innings,” he said. “I’m not really concerned about it.

“I’m not really concerned with the results right now. Obviously, I want to pitch well every time I go out. But as long as my finger doesn’t hurt, and I’m getting my pitch count up is all that matters right now.”

Joe Frisaro
  

Short takes from morning workout

It looks like it may take at least another week before Mike Stanton is game ready. Even then, the Marlins’ slugger won’t necessarily be playing in Grapefruit League contests.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Wednesday morning that Stanton likely will play in some Minor League games before facing big league pitchers.

“He took BP [Tuesday] and he did a little bit more,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t know when he will be in a Spring Training game for us.”

Asked if he would be surprised if Stanton played in games next week, Rodriguez said: “I’d be surprised.”

Stanton strained his right quad in the Feb. 27 exhibition against the University of Miami. Initially, he estimated two weeks to recover. So it looks like it will be at least three before he is back in games.

If Stanton can play in the final seven to 10 Grapefruit League games, he should be ready for the April 1 opener with the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

* Ricky Nolasco remains on schedule to pitch on March 13.

* Josh Johnson’s velocity is increasing. On Monday, the Marlins’ ace reached 93 mph in the first inning, and his fastball topped at 95 mph. His slider was at 88 mph. “Sounds like I’m getting pretty close,” Johnson said.

* Matt Dominguez continues impress after hitting a home run on Tuesday against the Tigers. Dominguez is back in the lineup at third base on Wednesday, and he thus far is in strong position to make the team.

Joe Frisaro

JJ to get first Spring swings

There will be no designated hitter in Monday’s Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium. So that means, Josh Johnson will be taking his first swings of Spring Training.

The Marlins are starting Johnson, and looking to throw him three or four innings. Atlanta is countering with Tim Hudson in the 1:05 p.m. ET start.

Before Johnson was shut down last year due to a back injury and sore right shoulder, he was instructed only to swing the bat when necessary. So frequently, he would take pitches rather than risk tweaking his back.

The Marlins pitchers have been hitting in the cages of late.

Monday is an exception on the Marlins’ pitchers hitting. The team plans on having them hit regularly beginning on March 22.

Marlins lineup:

1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Omar Infante, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) John Buck, C

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) Wes Helms, 1B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Donnie Murphy, 3B

9) Josh Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

 

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