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Vazquez, Coghlan dealing with ailments

JUPITER, Fla. — Javier Vazquez has been scratched from pitching Monday due to mild elbow soreness, and Chris Coghlan is dealing with a sore right shoulder.

Mild injuries are piling up for the Marlins.

Vazquez was scheduled to face the Twins on Monday in Fort Myers. Alex Sanabia will make the start, and he is expected to throw one inning. To add pitching depth for the trip, Brad Hand and Dan Jennings are making the trip and will pitch. Both left-handers were recently sent down to Minor League camp.

Clay Hensley also is expected to pitch.

“He has mild elbow soreness, but he should be ok for his next start,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “He said he wanted to make sure that he would be ready for the regular season. He will have three more starts before the season starts, so he should be fine.”

Vazquez would be lined up to pitch on Saturday against the Cardinals.

“If something is going to happen, this is a good time to deal with that,” Rodriguez said. “At this point, we just want to make sure everybody is going to be alright for Opening Day. So that’s why we’re not taking any chances.”

As for Coghlan, the center fielder is a sore right shoulder.

It’s been bothering him for a little while, and it was made public on Sunday.

“His shoulder is not 100 percent,” Rodriguez said. “That’s normal because he didn’t have the chance to get in very good shape, throwing-wise when he was rehabbing.”

Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Nationals lineups

Chris Coghlan will be the designated hitter, and Ricky Nolasco will make his first Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jordan Zimmerman is pitching for Washington in the 1:05 p.m. contest.

NATIONALS

1) Nyjer Morgan, CF
2) Alex Cora, SS
3) Jayson Werth, RF
4) Adam LaRoche, 1B
5) Rick Ankiel, LF
6) Roger Bernadina, DH
7) Danny Espinosa, 2B
8) Jesus Flores, C
9) Alberto Gonzalez, 3B

MARLINS

1) Chris Coghlan, DH
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) Donnie Murphy, 3B
7) Dewayne Wise, CF
8) Bryan Petersen, RF
9) Brad Davis, C

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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.

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Helms resting sore shoulder

Veteran Wes Helms, who made the trip to Port St. Lucie on Friday, was scratched due to a sore right shoulder.

Helms initially was scheduled to play third base and hit fifth. He was replaced by Ruben Gotay.

Also before the game, manager Edwin Rodriguez noted that the team would know more on Sunday if Anibal Sanchez will make his next start.

Sanchez suffered a bruise to the side of his right shin after he was hit with a comeback liner on Thursday afternoon.

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Ceda, James among roster moves

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Before facing the Mets on Friday afternoon at Digital Domain Park, the Marlins made six roster moves.

Right-hander Jose Ceda was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, while right-handers Chris Hatcher, Evan Reed and Omar Poveda were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Right-hander Arquimedes Caminero was optioned to Class A Jupiter, and lefty Chad James was reassigned to Minor League camp.

The Marlins now have 53 players in camp, including 25 pitchers.

Ceda is a hard-throwing right-hander obtained from the Cubs for Kevin Gregg a couple of years ago, and James is a former first-round pick.

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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

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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.”

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Coghlan DH vs. Mets

As expected, Chris Coghlan is back in the lineup, batting leadoff against the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Wednesday that he planned on using Coghlan as the designated hitter on Thursday and then in center field on Friday, when Florida faces the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Anibal Sanchez will get the start for the Marlins in the 1:05 p.m. contest.

MARLINS

1) Coghlan, DH

2) Bonifacio, 2B

3) G. Sanchez, 1B

4) Helms, 3B

5) Lubanski, LF

6) Petersen, CF

7) Torres, RF

8) Hayes, C

9) Martinez, SS

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Coghlan pacing himself

The reason Chris Coghlan was scratched from the lineup on Wednesday afternoon was not injury related. It had more to do with scheduling.

After reviewing where he is at, the Marlins decided to sit Coghlan on Wednesday so he can play on Thursday and Friday. The idea is to get him rested enough to play in back-to-back games.

“It was just so we can play two, there isn’t anything serious,” Coghlan said. “I’ll be playing tomorrow during the day game, and traveling to Port St. Lucie on Friday.”

The Marlins have two games on Thursday, in the afternoon against the Mets and at 7:05 p.m. against the Tigers. Both are at Roger Dean Stadium.

On Friday, the Marlins travel to Port St. Lucie to take on the Mets.

“We’re three weeks away from the season,” Coghlan said. “It’s for scheduling, and it’s also to be patient. It wasn’t like today, I was in the lineup and then warming up something happened to my knee. It wasn’t like that at all.

“It was more of a thing of communicating and pacing.”

Coghlan was scheduled to be the designated hitter and lead off on Wednesday. He anticipates being a DH at least one of the next two games.

Coghlan is recovering from surgery to repair a tear in his left meniscus. He played back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday.

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.

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