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Open workout at Sun Life

Marlins fans will be able to get a quick look at the ballclub before the regular season opens on April 1 against the Mets.

The Marlins’ Thursday, March 31, workout will be open to the public for free at Sun Life Stadium. It will be the club’s last day of drills before the regular season gets underway.

The workout will begin at 7 p.m., and the gates will open at 6 p.m.

For the first time, the Marlins will open their season at night. The April 1 contest starts at 7 p.m.

Josh Johnson will make his second Opening Day start.

It also will be the Marlins’ final opener at Sun Life Stadium. In 2012, the team will move into their retractable-roof stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami.

Tickets for the opener are available on www.marlins.com.

Joe Frisaro
 

Castillo not likely an option for Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Chances of Luis Castillo returning to the Marlins are remote.

The club hasn’t completely closed the door on the idea. But the Marlins are not in hot pursuit of the former All-Star second baseman.

The Marlins have had internal discussions regarding the 35-year-old, who was recently released by the Mets.

With his career in decline, the Marlins aren’t sure Castillo would be an upgrade.

Still, Castillo promises to attract interest on the open market, which should begin on Sunday after he clears waivers. The Phillies could be among the teams making a push.

Castillo is one of the most popular and productive Marlins in history. During Florida’s 2003 World Series championship season, the switch-hitting second baseman was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner.

Over the past few days, Marlins officials have been discussing if Castillo made sense to play second base should third base prospect Matt Dominguez not make the Opening Day roster.

Omar Infante is slated to play second base for Florida, and he could switch to third if Dominguez is sent to Triple-A.

Emilio Bonifacio is a candidate to play second base if Infante does go to third.

If Dominguez doesn’t make the club out of Spring Training, the Marlins have some internal candidates — Infante, Wes Helms, Bonifacio and Greg Dobbs.

The season opens on April 1, and at this point, the Marlins are not actively searching for a third baseman on the trade market.

The Marlins have their scouts visiting camps in Florida and Arizona, but they aren’t necessarily looking to make a move for a third baseman.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Mets lineups

JUPITER, Fla. — Anibal Sanchez was back on the mound on Sunday after the right-hander missed one start due to a right shin contusion.

Sanchez and the Marlins face the Mets, who are starting Chris Young.

Because the Marlins don’t want Sanchez to bat as his shin recovers, the team will use the designated hitter. The Mets, meanwhile, will have the pitcher batting.

The game will be aired on 790 The Ticket, and televised on Fox Sports Florida.

METS

1) Willie Harris, LF
2) Luis Hernandez, SS
3) Scott Hairston, CF
4) Ike Davis, 1B
5) Nick Evans, 3B
6) Lucas Duda, RF
7) Brad Emaus, 2B
8) Ronny Paulino, C
9) Chris Young, P

MARLINS

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

Joe Frisaro

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.

Joe Frisaro

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.”

Joe Frisaro
  

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

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

Marlins managerial update

The search for the Marlins new manager will take about two weeks.

Fresh off an 80-82 season, the front office is in the process of narrowing its list of candidates and setting up interviews. The process is expected to take a little while.

In contention for the job are Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter and Tony Pena. Other names that have been reported are Ted Simmons and Tim Wallach.

Edwin Rodriguez, who replaced Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, remains a candidate. But it appears he isn’t a frontrunner. Under Rodriguez, the Marlins were 46-46.

As the Marlins are plotting how to move forward with their managerial search, the organization also are being impacted by the Mets’ general manager vacancy.

The Mets have asked for permission to talk with president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, general manager Michael Hill and vice president of player personnel Dan Jennings about their GM post.

Indications are the Marlins will deny the request. However, ESPN.com reports that Jennings has a stipulation in his contract that would allow him to talk with the Mets. So the door may not be completely closed for him to talk with New York.

– Joe Frisaro

2011 opener likely at home

Josh Johnson vs. Johan Santana.

The pitching matchup attracted 41,245 at Citi Field on Opening Day when the Marlins took on the Mets.

The two All-Star pitchers are fixtures on their respective teams. Chances are, they will be matched up again on Opening Day in 2011. This time in Miami.

Nothing is official, as schedules for next season have yet to be released, but indications are the Marlins will face the Mets in the ’11 opener. The game most likely will be on a Friday night.

The 2011 season will be the Marlins last at Sun Life Stadium, their home since their inaugural 1993 campaign.

Recently, the Marlins worked out a one-year lease extension to play at Sun Life Stadium in 2011.

There was some speculation a few weeks ago that the Marlins would open against the Mets, but with the series being played in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While the Marlins are expected to play three games in Puerto Rico in ’11, it won’t be their first series.

In 2012, the Marlins are moving into their new retractable-roof ballpark in the Little Havana section of Miami.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins lineup on Friday

The Marlins open a three-game set with the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for Florida.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

 

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1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Angel Pagan, CF

3) Jason Bay, LF

4) Ike Davis, 1B

5) David Wright, 3B

6) Rod Barajas, C

7) Jeff Francoeur, RF

8) Ruben Tejada, 2B

9) R.A. Dickey

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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