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Marlins line up their pitching

Grapefruit League play will get going on Thursday when the Marlins face the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Start time is 1:05 p.m. ET, with the gates opening around 11:30 a.m.

Anibal Sanchez will make the start for Florida, and throw about 35 pitches (or two innings). Also slated to pitch on Thursday are Rick VandenHurk, Taylor Tankersley, Seth McClung, Scott Strickland and Dan Meyer.

On Friday, the Marlins will visit the Mets at Port St. Lucie. Chris Volstad is scheduled to start, followed by Hayden Penn, Chris Leroux, Cristhian Martinez, Brian Sanches and Derrick Turnbow.

On Saturday, the Marlins are back in Jupiter, taking on the Cardinals in the first of two meetings over the weekend.


Josh Johnson will make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, with the start time set at 1:05 p.m. ET. Clay Hensley, Brett Sinkbeil, Chris Schroder, Renyel Pinto and Leo Nunez also are lined up to pitch.

Tickets for all Marlins home games at Roger Dean Stadium are available on Gates open 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.


— Joe Frisaro

Market for Hermida

Speculation continues to run high that the Marlins will trade outfielder Jeremy Hermida this offseason.

The 25-year-old former first-round pick in 2002, came off a rough season, batting .259 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs. A strained right oblique on Sept. 2, limited him to one pinch-hit appearance in the final weeks of the season.

Hermida will be entering his second season of arbitration. He made $2.25 million this year, and by the nature of the system, he’d be in line for a raise.

The Marlins are hopeful Cameron Maybin will win the center field position, and Cody Ross is expected to return. Ross, also in his second season of arbitration, could be earmarked for right field, making Hermida expendable.

Some teams believed to be interested in Hermida are the Mariners, Rays, Mets and Blue Jays. The Cubs also could have interest.

Even though Hermida has yet to perform as so many envisioned, he does have value on the open market. He still would be a more affordable option than many soon-to-be free agent outfielders. Also, in arbitration, a team could control his rights for two seasons.

Several scouts feel Hermida may be one of those players who benefits by a change of scenery.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins lineup vs. Mets

With Nick Johnson again not in the lineup on Tuesday, it raises the likelihood that the first baseman is headed for the disabled list. Johnson has been dealing with a right hamstring sprain.

Ross Gload again got the starting nod at first base for the Marlins on Tuesday in the series opener with the Mets at Land Shark Stadium.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Hermida, RF

9) West, P

— Joe Frisaro


Revamping top of order

When Chris Coghlan hit in the leadoff spot last Monday at Philadelphia, it was considered a one-time thing to give Emilio Bonifacio a day off.

On Saturday, Coghlan was atop the Marlins batting order for the second time. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the 23-year-old could remain there for a little while.

Looking to ignite the top of the order, Coghlan was slotted first and Bonifacio second against the Mets at Citi Field.

Basically, Coghlan and Bonifacio are flip-flopping. Previously, Coghlan had hit in the second spot, behind Bonifacio.

“We’re just trying something new with Cog, and keep Boni there in the two-hole, where he can still use his speed a little bit,” Gonzalez said.

A look at the one-base percentages is a reason for the change. Coghan, who played his 20th MLB game on Saturday, has a .342 on-base percentage to go along with a .217 batting average. However, in his last five games, he is 7-for-18 (.389) with five walks.

Bonifacio, meanwhile, is hitting .245 and his on-base percentage is .284. In 60 at-bats, Coghlan has 12 walks. Bonifacio has drawn 12 bases on balls, but in 204 at-bats.

Because speed is such a big part of Bonifacio’s game, the Marlins are wanting him to attempt at least one bunt a game. In Friday’s loss, Bonifacio had a bunt single, but it wasn’t a conventional one. In the eighth inning, he slap bunted the ball into left field.

— Joe Frisaro



Mistakes adding up

Until the ninth inning on Saturday night, the Marlins and Rays were playing a pretty competitive game.

Tampa Bay, however, blew it up open with six runs in the ninth inning. The Marlins ended up losing 10-3.

The way the Marlins lost was especially frustrating. In all, Marlins pitching walked nine, hit a batter and issued a walk. In the field, they committed three errors.

According to Elias, the last time an MLB team walked at least nine, hit a batter, recorded a balk, committed three or more errors and allowed 10 runs came in 1998. That year, the Mets did it in a 10-5 loss to the Cardinals on Aug. 21.

— Joe Frisaro

Pinch-run delay bothers Marlins

Having a pitcher wait around on the mound for a replacement once is rare. For a delay to occur twice within a week, has some Marlins a little bothered.

The awkward delay in the fifth inning on Sunday at Wrigley Field was the latest incident involving the Marlins. 

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano reached on a bunt single off Ricky Nolasco. But when sprinting to first, Zambrano strained his left hamstring. Zambrano was examined by the trainer, causing a brief delay. Then manager Lou Piniella heads over, causing more time to pass as Nolasco is standing around.

Zambrano stays in game, and Alfonso Soriano steps in to hit. Then the Cubs dugout calls time, and Zambrano is replaced by a pinch runner. However, the runner is Rich Harden, who doesn’t have the proper shoes on. So Harden takes a few minutes to get ready.

Again a delay. Nolasco is given the option to throw pitches as he waits.

Four batters later, Derrek Lee hits the grand slam.

“I don’t understand what’s going on there,” Nolasco said of the delay. “I don’t know how that’s acceptable. It doesn’t affect me, but it’s just odd. I don’t know how it’s allowed to happen.”

The irony is Sunday marked the second time during the road trip that a Marlins pitcher was standing around for a delay caused during a substitution by the opposing team.

In the ninth inning of last Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field, New York manager Jerry Manuel called for Omir Santos to pitch hit with the bases loaded and two outs. Santos, a catcher, was in the bullpen, and it took him several minutes to reach the mound. Matt Lindstrom awaited his arrival, and he was given permission to throw warmup pitches. Even though the Marlins won that day, the were upset by the stoppage.

A few days ago, the Marlins sent a letter to MLB regarding the incident, and the league on Saturday levied an undisclosed fine on Manuel for violating the league’s “pace of game” stipulations.

“That’s the second time that happened to us this year,” catcher John Baker said. “The first time it worked out OK, but it’s frustrating. You’ve got a guy in a big situation standing on the mound. He wasn’t quite the same. It’s not necessarily an excuse for him, but it kind of is, in a sense. As a catcher, you see something is different.

“He has to wait, and throw a couple of warmup pitches. Even Soriano was a little bit frustrated as a hitter. He kept kind of looking in the dugout, throwing his hands up, like saying ‘Let’s go.’ “

— Joe Frisaro 

Mets Manuel fined

The Marlins asked MLB to look into the delay tactic by the Mets on Wednesday, and a decision has been rendered.

MLB has fined Mets manager Jerry Manuel an undisclosed amount of money for violating the leagues “pace of game” regulations.

In the ninth inning on Wednesday at Citi Field, the Mets took a long time getting pinch-hitter Omir Santos to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. A catcher, Santos was in the bullpen, which is behind the outfield wall.

With two outs, Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom was left waiting for several minutes on the mound as Santos made his way to the plate.

Santos lifted a pop out to shortstop, and the Marlins won 4-3. Still, the delay upset the Marlins, who asked MLB to look into the matter.

There are “pace of game” rules designed to speed the game up.

The Marlins had no comment on the MLB decision.

— Joe Frisaro

Hit change for Hermida

After further review, Jeremy Hermida has been credited with an RBI single. The reversal was announced on Friday for a play that happened on Tuesday.

In question was a sixth-inning at-bat by Hermida on Tuesday against the Mets at Citi Field. Off reliever Bobby Parnell, Hermida hit a hot smash to third that bounced off the chest of New York’s David Wright.

A run scored on the play, and Wright was charged with an error. At the urging of the Marlins, MLB reviewed the play, and decided to overturn the call at the game.

So Hermida was credited with an RBI single. Wright had an error taken away, and the run Hermida drove in was credited to Mets starter Livan Hernandez. Parnell had a hit added to his pitching line.

— Joe Frisaro

Delay prompting Marlin reaction

The delay the Mets used to get pinch-hitter Omir Santos to the plate in the ninth inning on Wednesday at Citi Field is not going away without a Marlin reaction.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez on Thursday said the organization is in the process of contacting Major League Baseball for a response on what action could have been taken by the umpires.

“We, the Marlins, will talk to Major League Baseball because it could happen to somebody else,” Gonzalez said. “Just to make them aware. I don’t know if they could do something. I don’t know if they could put a clock on it. I don’t know. To go to the extreme of striking the guy out, without him being there.”

Baseball does have “pace of the game” rules. But to the Marlins knowledge, that applies, for example, when a player is on deck and he is taking too long to get into the batter’s box. If a delay is taking too long, an umpire could start having strikes called on the batter, even if no one is in the box.

On Wednesday, Santos was being called upon to pinch-hit for Ramon Castro with two outs and the bases loaded. Santos was in the bullpen warming up pitchers, and it took him several minutes to arrive to the dugout to get ready to hit.

Meanwhile, closer Matt Lindstrom was left on the mound. The umpires tried to hurry up the action, and Lindstrom was told he could throw a few warmup pitches.

The Marlins held on to win, 4-3, when Santos lifted a routine pop that was collected by shortstop Alfredo Amezaga for the final out.

The Marlins were worried that Lindstrom was being iced on the mound.

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley to miss Tuesday

The Marlins entered Monday’s series with the Mets riding a six-game losing streak.

Now the team is dealing with the prospect of Hanley Ramirez being hurt.

In the first inning, Ramirez was plunked on the right hand/wrist by a 94 mph John Maine fastball.

An X-ray came back negative, and Ramirez is listed as day-to-day with a sore right hand.

Ramirez said he will definitely not play on Tuesday. He also didn’t think Maine hit him intentionally.

“I know they’re not going to miss a pitch over the plate,” Ramirez said. “If they’re going to miss, they’re going to hit somebody. That’s what they’re supposed to do. They’re fighting. There is nothing you can do, and I can’t control that.”

In an eight-pitch showdown with Maine, Ramirez had worked the count full when he was struck hard on the wrist. Clearly in pain, the 25-year-old All-Star drifted toward the Marlins dugout, and he was tended to by assistant trainer Mike Kozak.

Ramirez didn’t make an attempt to go to first base. Instead, he was immediately replaced by pinch-runner Ross Gload.

Ramirez entered with an eight-game hitting streak.

— Joe Frisaro