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Marlins-Nationals lineups

Chris Coghlan will be the designated hitter, and Ricky Nolasco will make his first Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jordan Zimmerman is pitching for Washington in the 1:05 p.m. contest.

NATIONALS

1) Nyjer Morgan, CF
2) Alex Cora, SS
3) Jayson Werth, RF
4) Adam LaRoche, 1B
5) Rick Ankiel, LF
6) Roger Bernadina, DH
7) Danny Espinosa, 2B
8) Jesus Flores, C
9) Alberto Gonzalez, 3B

MARLINS

1) Chris Coghlan, DH
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) Donnie Murphy, 3B
7) Dewayne Wise, CF
8) Bryan Petersen, RF
9) Brad Davis, C

Joe Frisaro
 

Short takes from Sunday

JUPITER, Fla. — Ricky Nolasco will make his first Spring Training start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Grapefruit League game is set to start at 1:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MLB.TV and it is the first of four games being aired by Fox Sports Florida.
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Before the game, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met briefly with the beat writers to preview the day.

Nolasco is expected to throw about 55-60 pitches, or three innings. If all goes well, he remains on pace to be the No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson.

The Marlins open on April 1 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium. Nolasco is on pace to pitch on April 2.

Worth noting:

* Anibal Sanchez threw his bullpen session on Saturday, and all went well with his bruised right shin/calf area. Sanchez was struck by a comeback grounder on Thursday. Initially, he was supposed to test the leg on Sunday, but he threw on Saturday instead.

Sanchez has been cleared to start against the Rays on Tuesday in Port Charlotte. If for some reason he can’t make the start, Sean West is a likely fallback option. But the team fully expects Sanchez to be ready to go.

* Mike Stanton did some light running with the team on Sunday morning. He still isn’t pushing his strained right quad. The hope is Stanton can be used as a designated hitter later this week in Minor League games. Rodriguez is hopeful Stanton can play in Grapefruit League games the final week of Spring Training. So it may be doubtful the 21-year-old is playing with the big league club before March 26.

* Wes Helms (sore shoulder) is available to be a designated hitter, but he isn’t doing much throwing.

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
  

Nolasco throws live BP

JUPITER, Fla. — The initial plan was for Ricky Nolasco to throw off the mound in the bullpen on Sunday, leading into a live batting practice session in a couple of days.

But since the Marlins’ right-hander is eager to return, the team is taking a more aggressive approach. Nolasco threw live batting practice to hitters on Sunday on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Recovering from a jammed right thumb, Nolasco is on pace to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 13. If he takes the mound that day, as expected, and avoids any setbacks, he will fall in line to pitch on April 2, Florida’s second game.

Nolasco will throw another live batting practice on Tuesday, and if that goes well, he will have a simulated game on Thursday.

The Marlins face the Nationals on March 13.

Joe Frisaro

JJ to throw three innings

VIERA, Fla. — Marlins ace Josh Johnson, who will pitch in the April 1 season opener, is expected to throw three innings or around 55 pitches on Wednesday against the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

Greg Dobbs was supposed to be the designated hitter, but he was scratched because of a sore knee. Dobbs was shaken up on Tuesday when he had a collision at first base. He should be fine.

The Nationals are starting lefty John Lannan.

MARLINS

1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Dewayne Wise, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) John Buck, C

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Bryan Petersen, LF

9) John Raynor, DH

NATIONALS

1) Roger Bernadina, CF

2) Rick Ankiel, LF

3) Laynce Nix, RF

4) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5) Adam LaRoche, DH

6) Jesus Flores, C

7) Jerry Hairston, 2B

8) Alex Cora, SS

9) Michael Aubrey, 1B

Joe Frisaro

Coghlan set to lead off

JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez has pretty much settled on a leadoff hitter.

Look for Chris Coghlan to bat first in the April 1 season opener against the Mets.

Rodriguez has been weighing two options for leadoff — Coghlan and Omar Infante. On Friday, the manager noted that Coghlan is expected to hit first in the season opener, as well as Sunday’s exhibition opener against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.

Infante is projected to bat second.

Now, because Coghlan is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, look for the 25-year-old to have scheduled off days throughout Spring Training. For instance, after he plays on Sunday against UM, he likely will be out of the lineup on Monday in the Marlins’ Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. Infante is a likely leadoff choice in those games.

For the first couple of weeks of games, the Marlins will shy away from playing Coghlan in back-to-back games.

Other items of note from Friday:

* Javier Vazquez will be the starting pitcher on Sunday against the Miami Hurricanes. He will throw two innings. In the morning that day, Josh Johnson will throw a two inning simulated game on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium. The start time will be about 10:30 a.m.

* The starting lineup will play a couple of innings against the Hurricanes. For the most part, the regulars — like Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton — will get two at-bats. That could change for Matt Dominguez, who likely will get three at-bats. Catcher John Buck may just get one at-bat.

* Josh Johnson’s first Grapefruit League start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Nationals in Viera.

* Alex Sanabia is scheduled to start on Thursday against the Astros in Kissimmee.

* Ricky Nolasco has been throwing long toss as he recovers from a sore right thumb. As long as Nolasco is throwing in games by March 13-14, the right-hander should have enough time to be ready for the season. Now, where Nolasco is slotted to pitch may change. Even though he is projected to be the No. 2 starter, he could be pushed back to the fourth or fifth slot. Because the Marlins have a scheduled off day on April 4, they could go with a four-man rotation for a little while until Nolasco is ready.

– Joe Frisaro

Hill signs Minor League deal

The Marlins have added some big league experienced starting pitching depth to their Spring Training roster.

Right-hander Shawn Hill, who made four starts with the Blue Jays, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. If Hill, 29, makes the team, he will earn $600,000.

Hill was 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA for Toronto last year, throwing 20 2/3 innings.

Hill broke in with the Montreal Expos in 2004. The right-hander also has pitched for the Nationals and Padres.

He has made 44 big league starts, and is 9-18 with a 4.74 ERA.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Bonifacio performing in Winter Ball

When Spring Training opens, touted prospect Matt Dominguez will be given every opportunity to win the Marlins’ starting third base job.

But the 21-year-old, who hasn’t played above Double-A, will have some competition.

Emilio Bonifacio likely will see a great deal of time at third base when Spring Training opens.

Since he was acquired from the Nationals for Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham after the 2008 season, the Marlins have regarded Bonifacio as an every day player. One of the fastest players in the league, the Marlins would like to maximize his game-changing speed and above average defense.

But the 25-year-old has yet to show the consistency at the plate to be a regular. Bonifacio spent time at Triple-A New Orleans, and he appeared in 73 games with the Marlins, playing six different positions — second base, third base, shortstop, center field, left field and right field.

In 2009, he opened the season as Florida’s regular third baseman, and he played the position in 86 games that year.

During the offseason, Bonifacio has been playing Winter League ball for Licey in the Dominican Republic. He’s been seeing steady time at third base. In 33 games, he’s batting .271 with a .344 on-base percentage.

A switch-hitter, Bonifacio continues to post better numbers from the left side, where he is batting .296 with a .350 on-base percentage, compared to a .222 average with a .333 on-base percentage from the right-side.

If Dominguez doesn’t win the job, there is another scenario that could play out. Bonifacio could go to second base, a more natural position for him, and Omar Infante could slide over to third base.

Infante will enter Spring Training as the starting second baseman, but Florida’s defense may shape up better with him at third and Bonifacio at second. That’s if Dominguez doesn’t claimed the third base spot.

– Joe Frisaro
  

Gaby begins suspension

Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who was in the middle of the benches-clearing altercation with the Nationals on Sept. 1, is beginning his three-game suspension on Friday night at Washington.

Wes Helms is getting the start at first base for Florida in its first meeting with the Nationals since the incident in Miami.

Sanchez was one of the active participants in the altercation as he knocked down Nyjer Morgan, who had charged the mound and thrown a punch at Chris Volstad.

In the seventh inning of the Sept. 1 game, Sanchez was drilled by a Doug Slaten pitch. Slaten received a three-game suspension.

By serving the suspension now, Sanchez will miss all three games at Washington.

Marlins lineup for Friday: Emilio Bonifacio (3B), Logan Morrison (LF), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Dan Uggla (2B), Wes Helms (1B), Mike Stanton (RF), Cameron Maybin (CF), Brad Davis (C), Alex Sanabia (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

JJ to visit Dr. Kaplan

Pitching woes are piling up for the Marlins.

Now their ace is going to be out for an undetermined amount of time.

Two-time All-Star Josh Johnson is traveling to South Florida on Wednesday to have his back and shoulder examined by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Johnson cut short a between starts bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The 26-year-old two-time All-Star was slated to pitch on Friday against Washington at Nationals Park. Alex Sanabia now will start that game.

“The priority here is to make sure JJ is fine,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.  “He’s going to see Dr. Kaplan tomorrow. We’re going to check his back and his shoulder. We want to make sure everything is alright with him.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

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