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Bonifacio back leading off

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez gave serious thought to hitting Chris Coghlan leadoff again on Tuesday, but ultimately opted to go with Emilio Bonifacio.

So after being given Monday off, Bonifacio was back in his familiar leadoff spot, while Coghlan was slotted eighth.

“Boni’s speed is his weapon,” Gonzalez said. “You put him in the eight hole and you kind of negate that.”

The feeling is Coghlan, a pure hitter, will be able to handle batting in front of the pitcher.

Gonzalez added that Coghlan is a second option to lead off on days Bonifacio doesn’t.

Tuesday’s lineup:

1) Bonifacio, 3B

2) Hermida, RF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Coghlan, LF

9) Miller, P

Gonzalez is hoping to stay away from using relievers Dan Meyer and Matt Lindstrom on Tuesday. Kiko Calero is a candidate to close if Lindstrom isn’t used.

Also of note, Baker’s right leg, below the knee, has huge scrape marks. He had the skin torn off in the area when he was thrown out sliding into home plate on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

– Joe Frisaro

Pinto placed on DL

Marlins left-handed reliever Renyel Pinto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to May 23.

Taking Pinto’s place on the roster is right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville.

Pinto has been one of the most heavily used pitchers in baseball this season. The lefty has appeared in 24 games, which is tied with Toronto’s Jesse Carlson for the second most appearances in the Major Leagues.

Florida’s Kiko Calero has appeared in an MLB most 27 games.

Pinto’s record is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA over 21 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 20 and walked 12.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hayes gets called up

Another day, another roster move for the Marlins.

On Friday afternoon, catcher Brett Hayes was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, taking the roster spot vacated when right-hander Cristhian Martinez was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

It’s the first time Hayes has been on a big league roster.

After having 14 pitchers and 11 position players on Thursday, Florida opens the series with the Rays at Land Shark Stadium with 12 position players and 13 pitchers.

The reason Hayes got the nod, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, is because he can catch, play first base, third base and left field, in case of an emergency.

While center fielder Cameron Maybin is getting his timing down at the plate at New Orleans, Gonzalez said the organization wanted to give the 22-year-old more seasoning.

“It makes more sense to keep him back there, and get some at-bats,” Gonzalez said.

Had Maybin been brought in, there was a chance he would only stay through the weekend series with Tampa Bay, and then be optioned back to New Orleans.

Hayes was in big league camp with the Marlins, and in 29 games with New Orleans, he’s hitting .277 with one home run and 16 RBIs.

It’s been a trying week for the Marlins. A rainout on Monday forced a doubleheader on Wednesday, and the bullpen that day was heavily used. Four relievers threw in both games — Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Kiko Calero and Dan Meyer.

Nunez and Calero are not available on Friday.

Nunez was disappointed in himself for giving up a three-run homer to Arizona’s Justin Upton in the 13th inning.

“He was upset at himself because he couldn’t give us any more than he had,” Gonzalez said.

The Marlins are hopeful Nunez will be available on Saturday.

– Joe Frisaro

Highlights from Monday

Some of the highlights from pregame Monday at Land Shark Stadium:

* Alfredo Amezaga had an MRI on his left knee on Monday. It’s more precautionary, because the same knee was sprained during the World Baseball Classic in March. Manager Fredi Gonzalez feels Amezaga will miss another two or three days.

* Brian Sanches was added to the roster to provide bullpen help. Sanches was at Triple-A New Orleans.

* Reliever Kiko Calero, who has appeared in 22 games, is getting a couple of days to relax. Because he’s been so heavily used, Calero is not available on Monday and Tuesday. He said he should be fine by Wednesday.

* Anibal Sanchez, on the DL with a sprained right shoulder, will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. Sanchez said he feels he could be back in about two weeks, a much brighter forecast than the two months initially feared.

* Hayden Penn and Burke Badenhop remain the frontrunners to get the starting nod on Friday against the Rays. Gonzalez ruled out using lefty Dan Meyer. The next few days will determine who gets the call. If a starter early in the week is unable to go deep into games, then Penn and/or Badenhop might be used in long relief.

* Gonzalez has thought about hitting Dan Uggla in the second hole, where he enjoyed great success early in his career. Uggla has batted there once this year, when the team was at Colorado last week. One reason that hasn’t been done consistently is because the lineup then may stack up three straight left-handed hitters — John Baker, Jeremy Hermida and Chris Coghlan.  

– Joe Frisaro

Final roster set

Barring anything not on the immediate horizon, the Marlins’ 25-man roster is set.

It’s actually the exact 25 I named last night in an earlier blog.

The new developments on Friday were the roster moves to get the team down to 25,

Reliever Carlos Martinez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and reliever Brian Sanches was reassigned to Minor League camp.

The bad news of the night was right-hander Rick VandenHurk is going on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. VandenHurk last pitched on March 28 against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, and he tossed a a scoreless inning of relief, walking two and striking out one.

VandenHurk missed time with the Marlins during Spring Training because he pitched for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

VandenHurk is going on the disabled list, retroactive to March 29.

The Marlins also are placing utility player Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list with a sprained left knee. And reliever Scott Proctor will go on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. Amezaga and Proctor are on the DL, retroactive to March 27.

Chances are Amezaga could be activated within seven to 10 days after Florida opens on Monday against the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The earliest he can be reinstated is April 11.

Unless some other moves are made before Monday, the contracts of infielder Andy Gonzalez and right-handed reliever Kiko Calero will be selected.

Florida will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Emilio Bonifacio, John Baker, Jeremy Hermida, Cameron Maybin, Cody Ross, Wes Helms, Ross Gload, Brett Carroll, Ronny Paulino and Gonzalez.

The rotation will feature, in order, Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller.

Because of two early off days, Florida will go with a four-man rotation until April 15. At that point, Miller will be slotted in. Until then, Miller will pitch out of the bullpen.

The rest of the relievers will be closer Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Logan Kensing, Calero, Hayden Penn, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

– Joe Frisaro

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