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Turnbow released, other moves

Derrick Turnbow, who injured his right shoulder on Tuesday, was released early Wednesday morning.

Signed to a Minor League deal, Turnbow was bothered by shoulder tendinitis for most of Spring Training. On Tuesday against the Nationals in Viera, he threw 10 pitches, with just two strikes. On his last pitch, he winched in pain, and said afterwards that he feels he will be shut down for a while, if not need surgery.

Turnbow said he will spend a few days in Florida, before heading to his home in Nashville. He plans on visiting either Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum. Turnbow is open to surgery.

“More than likely I’ll try to have surgery and get it fixed,” Turnbow said. “Unless it is something that is just going to take forever to come back.”

Turnbow added that the Marlins said they were open to giving him another chance down the road, after he recovers.

In other moves on Wednesday, the Marlins optioned Jay Buente and Brett Sinkbeil to Triple-A New Orleans. Kris Harvey was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Re-assigned to Minor League camp were Dan Jennings, Matt Dominguez, Matt Peterson, Chris Schroder, Chris Hatcher, Matt Dominguez and Ozzie Martinez.

— Joe Frisaro


B Game lineups

On Field 2 behind Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins and Mets played a B Game beginning at 10 a.m.


1) Jesus Feliciano, LF

2) Mike Cervenak, 3B

3) Fernando Martinez, CF

4) Mike Hessman, DH

5) Ike Davis, 1B

6) Chris Carter, RF

7) Russ Adams, SS

8) Shawn Riggans, C

9) Anderson Hernandez, 2B

R.A. Dickey, P


1) Danny Richar, 2B

2) Ozzie Martinez, SS

3) Mike Stanton, RF

4) Matt Dominguez, 3B

5) Chris Hatcher, C

6) John Baker, DH

7) Vinny Rottino, 1B

8) Brett Carroll, CF

9) Scott Cousins, LF

Kris Harvey, P

— Joe Frisaro




Petersen, Dominguez in All-Star Game

A couple of potential future stars — or at least big league contributors — will be showcased on Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League.

Third baseman Matt Dominguez and outfielder Bryan Petersen have been selected to the East squad in the Rising Stars Showcase, which will be played at Surprise Stadium in Arizona.

The game, which starts at 8:15 p.m. ET, will be televised on the MLB Network. A live video feed also will be available on

In all 50 prospects will be on the two rosters.

All the Marlins prospects in Arizona are playing for the Mesa team.

Dominguez, 20, was the Marlins first-round pick in 2007. Petersen was selected in the fourth round that year.

Dominguez and Petersen were part of Double-A Jacksonville’s Southern League championship squad. Most likely, both will be in Spring Training with the Marlins.

Nationals prize prospect, Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, will also be on the East team.

The compete rosters are here:

— Joe Frisaro


Stanton, Dominguez eyeing ring

They’ve been on the fast track since reaching pro ball, and now they are trying to win a ring.

Mike Stanton and Matt Dominguez, two of the top prospects in all of baseball, are gaining valuable experience playing for Double-A Jacksonville in the Southern League playoffs.

After winning the first two games in the best-of-five series at Birmingham, the Suns can clinch the Southern League championship on Saturday in Jacksonville.

Stanton and Dominguez are playing big parts in the title run. The two opened the season at Class A Jupiter, but have made the jump in midseason to Double-A.

Once the playoffs are completed, next month Stanton and Dominguez will representing the Marlins in the Arizona Fall League.

“we’re looking at it like it’s extending Double-A a little bit longer for them,” said Jim Fleming, the Marlins vice president of player development and scouting. “It’s more at-bats against the caliber of pitching they’ve seen at Double-A.”

Dominguez and Stanton are two prize picks from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Dominguez, a third baseman who has been compared to Mike Lowell, was taking in the first round. Stanton, an outfielder who has been mentioned as a Dave Winfield-caliber player, went in the second round.

Predictably, both have struggled a bit at Double-A.

“They’ve had some ups and downs,” Fleming said. “The jump from Jupiter to Double-A is a pretty good one.”
Stanton played in 79 games at Jacksonville and he hit .231 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs.

Counting his Class A numbers, Stanton finished witha .255 average with 24 doubles, five triples, 28 home runs and 92 RBIs.

Dominguez, meanwhile, played in 31 games at Double-A, and he had 97 at-bats, batting .186 with two homers and nine RBIs.

Yet in Friday’s 8-1 win at Birmingham, Stanton was 2-for-4 as the designated hitter, while Dominguez was 2-for-5.

Overall this year, Dominguez hit .247 with 13 homers and 62 RBIs.

Since Stanton is still 19 and Dominguez turned 20 a few weeks ago, the Marlins organization expected both to have some rough stretches.

“That’s what you want to do. You want to challenge them,” Fleming said. “You want them to have some tough spots in the Minor Leagues, and see them get through it. It’s not something you want to have them to have to first experience at the big league level. It’s part of the process, to keep them challenged, and push them a little bit.”

— Joe Frisaro

Dominguez on fast track

Earlier in the season, Mike Stanton was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville. A few days ago, another highly-rated Marlins prospect advanced to a higher level.

Matt Dominguez, the slick-fielding third baseman, recently was promoted from Class A Jupiter to Double-A.

“He was really playing well in Jupiter, and that’s what we were looking for,” said Jim Fleming, the Marlins vice president of player development and scouting. “In the last month and a half, he’s been really, really good offensively and defensively. We thought it was time for him to go. We wanted him to have an extended period of success, which he did. Now, you move him on the way.”

Dominguez, who turns 20 on Aug. 28, was the Marlins’ first-round pick in 2007. Stanton, the power-hitting outfielder, was Florida’s second-round choice in the same Draft. The 6-foot-6 Stanton has drawn comparisons to Dave Winfield.

Always impressive with the glove, Dominguez made great strides at the plate in recent weeks. He worked with Jupiter hitting coach Anthony Iapoce and John Mallee, the organization’s hitting coordinator, on simplifying his swing.

“They came up with a simple plan. We didn’t make any major changes, we just simplified some of the things he did,” Fleming said. “It made him a little more consistent with his approach to each at-bat, and his offensive productions went up.”

Dominguez appeared in 103 games at Jupiter, and he hit .262 with 11 home runs, 53 RBIs and 25 doubles. His on-base percentage was .333, to go along with a .420 slugging percentage.

Dominguez has drawn comparisons to Mike Lowell.

Traditionally, if players perform consistently at Double-A, the Marlins won’t hesitate promoting them to the big leagues. So Dominguez will get a month at a higher level, and odds are he will open 2010 at Double-A. If he shows he can handle the advanced competition, he may be in line to make his Major League debut sometime around June of 2010.

Stanton, 19, is one of the most highly touted prospects in the Major Leagues.

The right fielder enters Friday with 51 games of Double-A under his belt. He’s hitting .242 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. Stanton appeared in 50 games at Class A Jupiter, batting .294 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs.

Combined, he has 22 home runs and 69 RBIs in 101 games.

“He’s making progress. He’s not tearing the league apart, but he’s holding his own,” Fleming said. “At 19, that’s all we’re really looking for, for him to continue to make progress. That’s what he’s done. He had a little learning curve period. He’s been through that now.

“Everybody’s expectations are big, and he’s doing fine. His average is probably the only thing that wasn’t where it was in Jupiter, but it’s all coming together. We’ve got no worries.”

Because of the expectations, the Marlins are being careful with Stanton and Dominguez.

“Everybody in the world is telling [Stanton] how great he is,” Fleming said. “For a 19-year-old to keep his head straight, and to just keep plugging away, it’s tough. He’s doing a great job at that. The one thing about Mike and Matt is they are very focused on baseball, and they don’t get too caught up in themselves. They go out there and try to get better, and that makes it easier. Probably the hardest thing with any 19-year-old is [staying grounded]. They’re doing a great job with that.”

— Joe Frisaro

Amezaga recovering nicely



The way Alfredo Amezaga was moving around in his rehab assignment game with the Jupiter Hammerheads on Thursday night was very encouraging.

Amezaga (seen above in his first at-bat Thursday) was 1-for-3 with a walk. He moved around in the outfield nicely, covering center field. The Marlins all-purpose utility man is on the DL with a sprained left knee. He is eligible to be re-instated on Saturday.

Based on how he looked, he easily could make that day. If not, he won’t be far behind.

Amezaga is scheduled to play in the infield for Class A Jupiter on Friday.

The Hammerheads have some pretty good prospects — namely Matt Dominguez and Mike Stanton. The two struggled in their first games, combining for 1-for-8 with five strikeouts.

Another prospect to watch is catcher Miguel Fermin, who was in big league camp. Fermin was 1-for-3 and he was robbed of an extra base hit on his hard line drive to center field.

Fermin takes charge behind the plate, and he is very good defensively.

— Joe Frisaro



Amezaga solid in outing

Alfredo Amezaga, on the disabled list with a sprained left knee, made a rehab assignment appearance on Thursday night at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. The way he was moving around, at the plate and in center field, is very encouraging.

Playing for Class A Jupiter, Amezaga led off and played center field. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he was lifted in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Leading off the game, Amezaga slapped a single to right field after running the count to 3-1. His leg gave him no troubles while running the bases. He dove back head-first on a pickoff attempt and advanced to second on Osvaldo Martinez’s single. But he was stranded at third.

In the outfield in the first innig, Amezaga was part of a relay play that nailed Curt Smith at home plate. Smith singled with two outs, and Shane Peterson hit the ball into the gap in right-center. Amezaga ran the ball down, made the relay to second baseman Smelin Perez, who threw home. Catcher Miguel Fermin applied the tag at the plate.

Amezaga tapped out to first base in his second at-bat. He walked in the fifth inning in his third plate appearance.

After hitting from the left side three straight at-bats, the switch-hitting Amezaga had an at-bat from the right side in the seventh inning. He struck out looking.

In center field, he covered a lot of ground and looked smooth running down some routine fly balls.  

Because he is on the DL retroactive to March 27, the earliest Amezaga can return to the Marlins is on Saturday.

The plan is to test his knee at multiple positions — center field, shortstop and second base.

Thursday is the opener of the Florida State League, and the Jupiter Hammerheads were playing the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Jupiter promises to be an entertaining team to watch. The club includes top prospects Matt Dominguez and Mike Stanton. Dominguez was batting cleanup and playing third base, while Stanton was the designated hitter, batting third.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez was in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Saturday

The final day of Spring Training in a nutshell:

* Tied 1-1 with Toronto. 2:05 time of game.

* Marlins finished Spring Training with a 12-19-2 Grapefruit League record.

* Matt Lindstrom threw an inning in a Minor League game, and he will be on the Opening Day roster. The only drawback for Lindstrom, who has nursed a strained right rotator cuff, is he won’t be used in back-to-back games, at least early in the year. Lindstrom also isn’t expected to pitch more than one inning in his role as closer.

* Prospect Michael Stanton, who will be at Class A Jupiter, was 1-for-2 with a single and walk on Saturday. Matt Dominguez also got in the game. Both will be in Jupiter.

* Anibal Sanchez gave up no runs on two hits in three innings.

* Dan Uggla got in a pinch-hit. Uggla has been bothered by a tight left calf. He will be ready for Monday.

* Alfredo Amezaga, sprained left knee, did some running from first-to-third on Saturday. He also hit in the cage. He will open on the DL, and should miss seven to 10 days.

* Emilio Bonifacio finished Grapefruit League play with 86 at-bats, the most on the Marlins and one of the highest of any player in the league.

* Cameron Maybin turned 22 on Saturday.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins first cuts

The Marlins made their first significant roster moves on Friday morning.

Veteran outfielder Jay Gibbons was released, ending his quest to hook on with the club after he last played in the big leagues in 2007.

Assigned to Minor League camp are: RHP Michael Wood, RHP Jose Ceda, C Miguel Fermin, C Kyle Skipworth, 3B Matt Dominguez and OF Michael Stanton.

The team also optioned OF Jai Miller to Triple-A New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro

Stanton dominates scrimmage

Any doubts that Michael Stanton is the real deal were erased in Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage on field two behind Roger Dean Stadium.

The 19-year-old outfield prospect crushed two tape-measured home runs. He took lefties Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer deep on shots that may have combined to measure 1,000-feet.

Stanton also had a chopped single that he tried to stretch to a double. He was called out sliding into second in a scrimmage with no umpires. The view from the bleachers looked like he was safe.

Pinto was impressed by Stanton’s strength.

“I’ve never seen a ball hit like that, never,” said Pinto, who hung a changeup. “It was like two seconds and it was out.”

Pinto struggled in his first game experience, but after he missed about a week with a stomach virus, he should be back on the mound on Wednesday.

Other notable moments in the scrimmage:

* John Lindsey and Miguel Fermin also went deep.

* Chris Volstad threw three innings, and he is in line to next start on Friday.

* Matt Dominguez had a double and single.

* Emilio Bonifacio had a couple of singles.

* Logan Morrison slapped an RBI double.

— Joe Frisaro