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Has Dominguez secured a spot?

So far, so good for Matt Dominguez.

The 21-year-old, who is looking to bypass Triple-A and jump from Double-A to the big leagues, is currently passing the audition in terms of winning the Marlins’ third base job. If the season opened today, Dominguez would be in the starting lineup.
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A first-round pick in 2007, Dominguez has lived up to the billing in the field. He is playing third base at a high level, which improves the overall infield defense. The plan is to keep Omar Infante at second base, and Dominguez makes that possible.

What the Marlins really have been looking at is Dominguez’s hitting. A good sign is, at the plate, he hasn’t been overmatched. In his first 11 Grapefruit League games, he’s hit a respectable .269 with two homers and 10 RBIs. He’s seeing pitches, and stringing together quality at-bats.

Another factor — and this also is telling — is body language. In that regard, Dominguez also is handling himself well. Not in a cocky way, but the California native is walking and acting like he belongs.

As an organization, the Marlins are looking at everything before they make their final decision.

There also are indications the Marlins are planning on breaking camp with Dominguez at third base.

With that said, these final 2 1/2 weeks are crucial for Dominguez. As Opening Day approaches, so does the intensity level, especially from veteran players.

Pitchers, who spent the first half of camp working on things, start to game plan. It still remains to be seen if Dominguez will be able to handle the breaking and off-speed pitches.

It’s easy to be deceived in Spring Training, and the Marlins’ front office will be carefully watching to make sure Dominguez isn’t rushed too fast. As an organization, there is the danger of demoralizing a young player.

If the team decides Dominguez needs some Triple-A seasoning, Donnie Murphy, Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs are options to fill in at third. Or the club could explore a trade.

So while Dominguez may be earmarked to be the third baseman today, these next few weeks will ultimately decide if he wins the job.

Joe Frisaro

Sanabia gets start vs. Twins

The Marlins are sending Alex Sanabia to the mound on Monday to face the Twins in Fort Myers.

The right-hander is getting the nod now that Javier Vazquez has been scratched due to mild right elbow soreness.

Over the past week, Sanabia has dealt with some minor discomfort in his right elbow. He also has been working on some things with his delivery.

Sanabia is expected to throw only one inning. Brad Hand, Dan Jennings and Clay Hensley are also scheduled to pitch.

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Ozzie Martinez, SS
3) Greg Dobbs, 1B
4) John Buck, C
5) Matt Dominguez, 3B
6) John Baker, DH
7) Joe Thurston, 2B
8) Scott Cousins, RF
9) Chris Lubanski, LF

Joe Frisaro

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

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

Coghlan scratched from lineup

Chris Coghlan was scratched shortly before the start of the Marlins-Nationals game at 1:05 p.m. game at Roger Dean Stadium.

Coghlan, who is recovering from surgery to his left knee, was initially set to lead off and be the designated hitter. Dewayne Wise started in center field, and John Baker was added as the designated hitter.

Javier Vazquez gets the start for Florida. Jason Marquis is pitching for Washington.

NATIONALS

1) Roger Bernardina, CF
2) Danny Espinosa, 2B
3) Laynce Nix, RF
4) Adam LaRoche, 1B
5) Michael Morse, LF
6) Matt Stairs, DH
7) Ivan Rodriguez, C
8) Alex Cora, SS
9) Alberto Gonzalez, 3B

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Logan Morrison, LF
5) John Buck, C
6) Wes Helms, 1B
7) John Baker, DH
8) Scott Cousins, RF
9) Matt Dominguez, 3B

Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup vs. Tigers

The Marlins travel to Lakeland on Tuesday to face the Tigers.

Prospect Elih Villanueva gets the start for Florida, while Detroit is going with Max Scherzer in the 1:05 p.m. contest.

Marlins lineup:

1) Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

2) Dewayne Wise, CF

3) Gaby Sanchez, DH

4) Greg Dobbs, 1B

5) Josh Kroeger, LF

6) Matt Dominguez, 3B

7) Bryan Petersen, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Ozzie Martinez, SS

Joe Frisaro

Short takes from Edwin

From manager Edwin Rodriguez’s morning media session:

* Mike Stanton is taking live batting practice on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium. Stanton still isn’t doing any running drills, as he recovers from his strained right quad.

* Chris Coghlan is making his first back-to-back start of Spring Training, as he was in center field for the second straight day. The team is in the process of increasing Coghlan’s workload as he gets into playing shape after missing the second half of 2010 with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

* Closer Leo Nunez continues to impress. Rodriguez said that Nunez’s slider is becoming a plus pitch, to go along with his fastball and changeup.

* The pitching rotation for the next few days: Elih Villanueva will be starting against the Tigers in Lakeland on Tuesday. Javier Vazquez will face the Nationals on Wednesday in Jupiter. The Marlins play in the day and night on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. Anibal Sanchez will pitch in the afternoon against the Mets, and Sean West will make his first start at night against the Tigers.

* Rodriguez on Matt Dominguez, the frontrunner for the starting third base job: “He is walking and playing like he belongs here. That’s good to see.”

Joe Frisaro

Coghlan in lineup vs. Mets

Javier Vazquez makes his first Grapefruit League start, and his second Spring Training appearance on Friday. The right-hander tossed two perfect innings this past Sunday against the University of Miami.

Vazquez will be facing the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

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1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Omar Infante, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) John Buck, C

7) John Baker, DH

8) Matt Dominguez, 3B

9) Bryan Petersen, RF

Joe Frisaro

Sanabia makes first start

As Ricky Nolasco recovers from a sore right thumb, Alex Sanabia is getting a chance in the starting rotation.

Sanabia, who projects to open the year at Triple-A New Orleans, will make his first appearance of Spring Training on Thursday against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Scott Cousins, RF

4) Logan Morrison, DH

5) Joe Thurston, 2B

6) Matt Dominguez, 3B

7) Bryan Petersen, LF

8) Josh Kroeger, 1B

9) Brad Davis, C

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

 

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