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Nolasco likely No. 2 starter

VIERA, Fla. — All signs are pointing to Ricky Nolasco being ready to be Florida’s No. 2 starter when the season opens.

Nolasco has been nursing a sore right thumb, but the right-hander still projects to be ready for the April 2 game against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

Josh Johnson will be pitching on Opening Night on April 1.

Nolasco threw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, and he is expected to throw off the mound again on Friday. The plan is two more bullpen sessions, a live batting practice and a simulated game before he takes the mound in a Spring Training game.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez says Nolasco likely will be throwing in a game on March 13.

“[Game Two] is very realistic if everything stays in order,” Rodriguez said. “He should be fine for that.”

Rodriguez says Nolasco’s body language of late has shown he is ready to pitch.

“He’s been bouncing around, and he was having fun, which is always good,” Rodriguez said.

Other items of note from Rodriguez’s morning press briefing:

* Mike Stanton continues to feel better and walk with limited discomfort. But the right quad will keep him out at least two weeks.

* Greg Dobbs was shaken up after being in a mild collision at first base on Tuesday. Dobbs bruised his knee. He was to be the designated hitter on Wednesday, but he was scratched from the lineup.

* Josh Johnson will throw 55 pitches or three innings on Wednesday.

* The Marlins renewed the contracts of Stanton, Logan Morrison, Ryan Webb and Gaby Sanchez.

Joe Frisaro

JJ to throw three innings

VIERA, Fla. — Marlins ace Josh Johnson, who will pitch in the April 1 season opener, is expected to throw three innings or around 55 pitches on Wednesday against the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

Greg Dobbs was supposed to be the designated hitter, but he was scratched because of a sore knee. Dobbs was shaken up on Tuesday when he had a collision at first base. He should be fine.

The Nationals are starting lefty John Lannan.

MARLINS

1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Dewayne Wise, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) John Buck, C

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Bryan Petersen, LF

9) John Raynor, DH

NATIONALS

1) Roger Bernadina, CF

2) Rick Ankiel, LF

3) Laynce Nix, RF

4) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5) Adam LaRoche, DH

6) Jesus Flores, C

7) Jerry Hairston, 2B

8) Alex Cora, SS

9) Michael Aubrey, 1B

Joe Frisaro

Nolasco throws off mound

After talking his situation over with the Marlins medical staff, Ricky Nolasco was cleared to throw his first bullpen session of Spring Training on Tuesday morning.

The right-hander threw a pain-free 55-pitch bullpen session. He threw all of his pitches, and is next scheduled to throw off the mound on Friday.

“It’s not getting any worse. I’ve been doing some pretty aggressive stuff with it,” Nolasco said. “So we just sat down and went over my schedule. I said, ‘It’s not going to matter if I go [Wednesday], Thursday, Friday or Saturday.’ So I just wanted to do it today and see how it felt.”

If all goes well, the tentative plan is to have Nolasco pitch in a game on March 13. The right-hander says barring any setbacks, he should be fine for the opening of the regular season.

Josh Johnson will pitch on Opening Night, on April 1, against the Mets. Nolasco projects to face New York on April 2.

Nolasco has been bothered by a jammed right thumb, which prevented him from tossing off the mound until Tuesday.

Earlier in the morning, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez was more cautious about Nolasco.

“We’ll see how he feels today,” Rodriguez said. “Everything is tentative with him.”

Alex Sanabia and Shawn Hill are candidates to fill Nolasco’s rotation spot in the Spring Training until he is cleared to pitch in Grapefruit League games.

Sanabia is scheduled to start on Thursday when the Marlins face the Astros in Kissimmee.

In other news Tuesday, the Marlins have come to contract terms with a number of their players who are under club control and not yet in their arbitration years.

Florida agreed to terms with RHP Arquimedes Caminero, RHP Jose Ceda, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Jhan Marinez, RHP Adalberto Mendez, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Evan Reed, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Alex Sanabia, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Mike Dunn, LHP Dustin Richardson, LHP Sean West, C John Baker, C Brad Davis, C Brett Hayes, INF Emilio Bonifacio, INF Ozzie Martinez, OF Chris Coghlan, OF Scott Cousins and OF Bryan Petersen.

Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Cardinals Tuesday lineup

Chris Volstad takes the mound on Tuesday when the Marlins face the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. St. Louis is going with Chris Carpenter.

The Marlins are giving Hanley Ramirez and Omar Infante the day off. Matt Dominguez, who hit a two-run homer on Monday, is back in the lineup at third base.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Donnie Murphy, SS

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) John Buck, C

5) Greg Dobbs, 1B

6) Scott Cousins, RF

7) Josh Kroeger, DH

8) Matt Dominguez, 3B

9) Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

– Joe Frisaro

 

Starting pitching stepping up

It’s hard to draw too much from early exhibition game starts. But so far, so good when it comes to Florida’s starting pitchers.

Anibal Sanchez was effective in his two-inning stint on Monday in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Sanchez gave up a solo homer to Lance Berkman, but the way he was throwing the ball was encouraging. His fastball was regularly at 92 mph, and he topped out at 93 mph at a time pitchers are building up arm strength.

“Anibal Sanchez threw some very good pitches,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “I think he hung two breaking balls. But other than that, Anibal Sanchez was very good. He was hitting his spots.”

Sanchez said he objective was to concentrate on first-pitch strikes.

“I got behind a couple of batters,” the right-hander said. “I was just working on keeping the ball down. My changeup was working good today. My curveball was a little bit off. My fastball had good location.”

Sanchez’s solid start followed up a strong two-inning performance on Sunday by Javier Vazquez, who retired all six batters he faced against the University of Miami.

Because Vazquez’s velocity dipped in 2010 when he was with the Yankees, his arm strength is being closely monitored in Spring Training.

Vazquez was clocked at 88 mph on Sunday, and that’s where he was regularly throwing a year ago in New York.

The team has no cause for alarm because Vazquez is still building up his arm strength, which takes several weeks in Spring Training. 

More than velocity, the team was impressed with the movement on his pitches, and the veteran’s ability to change speeds. In his 14th big league season, Vazquez likely will rely on pitching savvy in 2011.

Vazquez needed 21 pitches, with 15 strikes to retired the side in order twice on Sunday. To get some extra work, he threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

No defense against the walks

For all the talk about improving defensively, the Marlins encountered something they couldn’t defend on Sunday.

The bullpen combined to walk 11 in a 9-8 loss against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

“We’re going to be better defending on the field,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “But we can’t defend the walks.”

Prospects Chad James, Brad Hand, Jhan Marinez and Dan Jennings accounted for all 11 walks.

Other items of note on Sunday.

* Rodriguez said the dugout went silent for about five seconds when Mike Stanton pulled up while running to first base in the second inning. Stanton stumbled to the ground at first base, and he exited with a strained right quad.

“It’s still early, but we want to make sure he’s 100 percent when he is on the field,” Rodriguez said.

* With Stanton out, Dewayne Wise will receive more work in right field. Scott Cousins and Bryan Petersen also will be in the mix. Rodriguez singled Wise out, saying he likes what he is seeing from the non-roster invitee.

* Gaby Sanchez is expected to bat cleanup with Stanton out.

* Hanley Ramirez should be in the lineup on Monday in the Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. But center fielder Chris Coghlan will not be playing, even though he felt fine after playing a couple of innings on Sunday.

* Ricky Nolasco likely will throw off the mound for the first time on Wednesday. Nolasco has been nursing a sore right thumb.

* Catcher John Baker’s became a father on Feb. 24 when his wife, Meghan, gave birth to a baby girl.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Stanton strains right quad

JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins slugger Mike Stanton exited Sunday’s exhibition in the second inning with a right quad strain, according to the team.

The injury occurred in Stanton’s second at-bat against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

“It’s never a good thing, but I’d rather it be now than later,” Stanton said. “I have some time for it to heal up.”

The seriousness of the injury is not yet known, but it is safe to say Stanton will miss at least the first few Grapefruit League games.

“I think the next couple of days will be a better feel on a time frame,” Stanton said. “We really won’t know for at least 24 or 48 hours.”

After chopping a ground ball to Miami Hurricanes pitcher Michael Rudman, Stanton sprinted down the line, but pulled up. He stumbled at the bag, and fell to the ground.

Immediately, assistant trainer Mike Kozak tended to the 21-year-old, who walked off the field. Scott Cousins replaced Stanton in right field.

Stanton started off the game with some excitement. In the first inning, on the first pitch he saw, he belted a two-run homer to left field.

Before the bottom of the third, Stanton went into a golf cart, and he was driven back to the Marlins clubhouse.

– Joe Frisaro

 

JJ-Koehler pitching in simulated game

Some highlights from manager Edwin Rodriguez’s morning press session:

* Josh Johnson and prospect Tom Koehler are throwing a two-inning simulated game at 10:20 a.m. on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium.

* Matt Dominguez likely will get three at-bats in the exhibition against the University of Miami, while most of the regulars will each get two. The plan is to play Dominguez as much as possible in Spring Training games. Look for him to go full games well before the rest of the regulars.

* Rodriguez says the team is pulling for Dominguez to win the third base job, because “I really believe if he makes the club that we will be a better team. Then we can keep [Omar] Infante at second base.” The preference is for Infante to play second, not third.

* Ricky Nolasco continues to throw on flat ground. The team is hopeful he can throw off the mound sometime next week. Nolasco is nursing a sore right thumb.

* After Johnson pitches his sim game on Sunday, the Marlins’ Opening Day starter will throw his first Grapefruit League game on Wednesday at Viera against the Nationals. Javier Vazquez, who is pitching against UM on Sunday, is slotted to throw again on Friday against the Mets.

* Donnie Murphy will be backing up Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. The hope is to play Emilio Bonifacio mostly in the outfield and second base in Spring Training games.

* The upcoming rotation: Vazquez (Sunday), Anibal Sanchez (Monday), Chris Volstad (Tuesday), JJ (Wednesday), Alex Sanabia (Thursday), Vazquez (Friday).

– Joe Frisaro

Lineup for Sunday vs. UM

Manager Edwin Rodriguez set the Marlins’ batting order for Sunday’s exhibition against the University of Miami.

In the 1:05 p.m. ET game at Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins will start Javier Vazquez, who will pitch no more than two innings. Chad James, Brad Hand and Jhan Marinez also are expected to pitch.

Lineup:

1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Omar Infante, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Mike Stanton, RF

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

7) John Buck, C

8) Wes Helms, DH

9) Matt Dominguez, 3B

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Stanton clears building in BP

Every day Mike Stanton takes batting practice is a new adventure. Friday was no different, as the Marlins young slugger reached new heights.

stantonBP225.jpgA few days ago, Stanton dazzled on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium, hitting the roof of a condo located across the street from left field.

On Friday, the team took batting practice inside Roger Dean Stadium. Beyond the left field wall is the Marlins’ building, which is complete with offices on the second floor, and the club house on the first floor.

Stanton achieved something that no one in attendance had seen before — he completely cleared the building. Making the shot more impressive is he took a BP pitch over the roof in left-center, just to the left of a sign on the wall advertising Duffy’s Sports Grill.

In a round before his blast over the building, Stanton hit back-to-back drives that hit the black screen beyond the center field wall. His bid for three straight to dead center came up short when his third shot actually struck the center field wall at the 400-foot marker.

– Joe Frisaro

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