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JUPITER, Fla. — The stomach virus that has gone around Marlins camp has caught up to Matt Dominguez.
The 21-year-old third baseman was sent home on Tuesday morning. In recent days, Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez, Brett Hayes and John Baker each have dealt with flu-like symptoms.
Dominguez is battling for the third base job, and he’s been struggling of late.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said a decision should be made on the third base job by the end of the upcoming weekend.
Dominguez is scheduled to make the trip to Lake Buena Vista on Wednesday to face the Braves.
While the Marlins would like to see Dominguez’s defense in the lineup, Rodriguez said: “We’re not going to force the situation.”
Other items of note from Edwin’s morning media session:
* Mike Stanton and Chris Coghlan are both playing the outfield in Minor League games on Tuesday. Both are expected to play for the Marlins on Thursday against the Red Sox.
Rodriguez sounds confident that both will be ready for the April 1 Opening Night game with the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.
* Josh Johnson should throw 85-90 pitches on Tuesday against the Twins. Ryan Webb, Leo Nunez and Mike Dunn also are expected to pitch.
* Greg Dobbs is making his first start in the outfield on Tuesday, getting action in right field. Dobbs is a frontrunner to win the lefty bat off the bench job.
* Emilio Bonifacio, while a candidate to play either second or third base if Dominguez doesn’t make the team, also is an option in center field if Coghlan isn’t ready for Opening Day.
* Donnie Murphy is certainly in the mix to play third base.
* Rodriguez added that the final days of camp should be interesting because cuts made by other clubs could impact the Marlins. For instance, Florida may look to pick up a player or two who are released from other camps.
— Joe Frisaro
Ricky Nolasco is not yet ready to throw off the mound, but the past two days, the right-hander has played catch.
The plan is to continue doing so, while not yet pushing the sore thumb that has set him back since the start of Spring Training.
Nolasco began a light tossing routine on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was throwing at 60 feet.
“I’m being optimistic,” said Nolasco, who hopes to throw at 100 feet in the next day or so. “I have a little bit more to go.”
Nolasco jammed his thumb about three weeks ago while doing some conditioning.
Expected to be Florida’s No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson, Nolasco is hopeful to throw off the mound sometime next week. The team isn’t pushing it.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez says that as long as Nolasco is ready to pitch by mid-March, he should be fine to open the season.
Here’s a run down of what took place at camp on Wednesday.
* Donnie Murphy took live batting practice for the first time. Recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, Murphy faced Tom Koehler, and he said his wrist was fine. On Tuesday, Murphy stepped in against a pitcher, but he was tracking pitches and not swinging. He plans on continuing to take live BP.
* A few pitchers have already caught the eye of their manager. Rodriguez noted that relievers Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn and Edward Mujica have all looked impressive while facing hitters.
* The plan is to have Josh Johnson throw in a Grapefruit League game sometime next week. Johnson will not pitch the exhibition opener on Sunday against the University of Miami. Javier Vazquez will pitch two innings on that day. Also on Sunday, Johnson will throw in a simulated game on a back field, but he won’t face UM. JJ’s first Grapefruit League game will be either March 2 or March 3. If he starts on March 2 against the Nationals at Viera, he would be lined up throwing every fifth day up until Opening Day.
— Joe Frisaro
A new season means some new faces in Spring Training along with some new numbers.
As a refresher for the upcoming season, Marlins fans may want to check out the roster page on marlins.com for the latest updates. For instance, first baseman Gaby Sanchez no longer is wearing No. 14. Instead, he has switched to No. 15.
John Buck, the club’s new catcher, will be wearing No. 14.
In the offseason, the Marlins made several significant free agent signings as well as trades.
Omar Infante, obtained from Atlanta in the Dan Uggla trade, will be wearing No. 13. Uggla’s old No. 6 is now being worn by catcher Brad Davis.
Javier Vazquez will be No. 23, while Randy Choate is No. 35. Other newcomers and their numbers are Edward Mujica (34), Ryan Webb (58) and Dustin Richardson (24).
Along with new numbers, one Marlin on the 40-man roster will be at a new position. Chris Hatcher, formerly a catcher, is switching to pitching.
Hatcher, the Marlins’ fifth-round pick in 2006, pitched a little in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also has thrown a couple of innings at the Minor League level.
At Double-A Jacksonville last year, Hatcher made one appearance, and he collected the win.
The Marlins also have signed two players with previous big league experience to Minor League deals — outfielders Jorge Padilla and Alex Romero.
— Joe Frisaro
It’s no secret the Marlins are exploring lefty relief help. Randy Choate has been added to the mix of possibilities. Also on Florida’s radar is Joe Beimel.
In all likelihood, the team will add a veteran lefty, who projects to join Mike Dunn on the Opening Day roster.
As the lefty search continues, don’t rule out the Marlins eventually exploring the possibility of landing an experienced closer. At the Winter Meetings, which wrapped up last Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, representatives of the organization inquired about the availability of Padres All-Star Heath Bell.
After Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Red Sox, the Marlins checked to see if San Diego has more big moves ahead. For now, it appears Bell will be staying with the Padres. But that could change over the course of the next few months, and into the season.
The Marlins are planning on giving Leo Nunez the first shot at closing when Spring Training opens. Clay Hensley is a backup option.
* Manager Edwin Rodriguez offered a preliminary batting order for upcoming Grapefruit League games in March — Chris Coghlan (CF), Omar Infante (2B), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Mike Stanton (RF), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), John Buck (C) and Matt Dominguez (3B).
* Recently, Rodriguez came to terms on an endorsement deal with New Balance. “Edwin is honored as the first Puerto Rican-born Major League manager to be with New Balance,” said Burton Rocks, Rodriguez’s New York-based agent.
* Here are some contract details of recently signed Marlins. Burke Badenhop will earn $750,000 in 2011 after he avoided arbitration. John Buck’s three-year, $17,943,787 million contract includes base salaries of $4.5 million in ’11, $6 million in ’12 and $6 million in ’13. There also is a $1.5 million signing bonus, and incentives of $25,000 if he makes the All-Star Game and winning the Silver Slugger Award. He has a $50,000 Gold Glove bonus. Javier Vazquez’s one-year, $7 million deal includes a $25,000 All-Star bonus and a $100,000 bonus if he wins the Cy Young Award. Buck and Vazquez also can earn bonuses if the Marlins reach the playoffs and they are named MVP of either the League Championship Series or the World Series.
— Joe Frisaro