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Nick Johnson making progress

Some of the agility drills that gave Nick Johnson trouble a few days ago are coming more easily now.

That’s an encouraging sign as the Marlins remain hopeful their veteran first baseman can return in a week or so.

Johnson went on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain on Tuesday night, retroactive to Aug. 17. He is eligible to be reinstated on Tuesday, Sept. 1, against the Braves at Land Shark Stadium.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez is skeptical that Johnson will be ready by then. Most likely, the Marlins will have Johnson play in a few rehab games. The Minor League season ends on Sept. 7, so it would have to be sometime late next week before he is in games.

“It’s always a nice test to get the adrenaline pumping,” Gonzalez said of players seeing rehab action.

Johnson on Friday showed improvement doing jumping and jogging drills.

“It’s getting better,” Gonzalez said.

With Johnson out, the Marlins have been using Ross Gload extensively at first base. On Friday night against the Padres, Wes Helms started at first.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Nick Johnson light jogging

There still is no timetable pinpointing an exact date Nick Johnson will come off the disabled list. But on Thursday morning, there was some encouragement after the first baseman did some light jogging.

Johnson went on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Aug. 17, with a right hamstring strain. He last appeared on Aug. 16 in the first game of a doubleheader with the Rockies at Land Shark Stadium.

The earliest he is eligible to come off the disabled list is Sept. 1, at home against the Braves. Johnson has done some hitting in the cages and throwing. In recent days, he felt some discomfort doing agility drills.

The fact that he was feeling a little better jogging on Thursday is a good sign.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Carrollo recalled from Triple-A

The Marlins added some outfield depth on Wednesday, recalling Brett Carroll from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Nick Johnson’s roster spot.

Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 17, after Tuesday night’s game. The first baseman has been nursing a right hamstring strain.

Carroll has already appeared in 67 games for the Marlins this season, being used as a defensive replacement and spot starter against certain left-handed pitchers.

With the Marlins, he’s hitting .250 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

For New Orleans, Carroll is .233 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

– 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

 

Marlins lineup Saturday

The Marlins once again will be without Jorge Cantu in the starting lineup. Cantu hasn’t played since Wednesday night at Houston, due to a stiff neck.

Nick Johnson, who strained his right hamstring last Sunday, also is getting at least one more day off.

Here’s Saturday’s lineup at Atlanta:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Uggla, 2B

5) Baker, C

6) Ross, CF

7) Hermida, RF

8) Helms, 3B

9) Volstad, P

Braves

1) Infante, LF

2) Johnson, 2B

3) Chipper, 3B

4) LaRoche, 1B

5) Escobar, SS

6) Diaz, RF

7) Ross, C

8) Gorecki, CF

9) Hanson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Cantu, Johnson still out

Jorge Cantu’s stiff neck is still bothering him, and he was out of the starting lineup on Friday in the series opener with the Braves.

Cantu, who also didn’t start on Thursday at Houston, attempted some swings in the cage on Friday afternoon, but he didn’t feel right. He was shut down. Manager Fredi Gonzalez hasn’t ruled out using Cantu as a pinch-hitter. There is a chance he still could start in the series at Atlanta.

Cantu also didn’t start on Thursday in Houston.

Nick Johnson, resting a strained right hamstring since last Sunday, most likely won’t play the entire series in Atlanta. However, the Marlins are hoping to avoid placing him on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 17.

The Marlins are off on Monday, before opening a series at home with the Mets. The hope is Johnson will be ready for Tuesday.

Friday’s lineup against the Braves.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Hanlye, SS

4) Uggla, 2B

5) Baker, C

6) Ross, CF

7) Hermida, RF

8) Helms, 3B

9) Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Johnson injury update

Before batting practice on Thursday, Nick Johnson took a few soft-toss swings in the batting cage.

While Johnson took some swings in the cage there is still caution about when the first baseman will be back in the lineup. Manager Fredi Gonzalez ruled out Friday night at Atlanta, and he is questionable for the entire series.

Johnson strained his right hamstring on Sunday, and he tested the leg on Wednesday by fielding some groung balls.

“I still felt it on the ground balls,” Johnson said.

The Marlins have yet to announce their starting pitcher for Friday in Atlanta. Heavy speculation is that Anibal Sanchez will be reinstated from the disabled list. Sanchez, recovering from a right shoulder sprain, last pitched for Florida on June 2.

The team is weighing roster moves. And placing Johnson on the disabled list, retroactive, to Monday (Aug. 17) is possible.

Asked if he might be placed on the DL, Johnson said: “No idea.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup without Johnson

Nick Johnson was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Tuesday, as the veteran first baseman rests his strained right hamstring. Johnson said he is feeling better, but he isn’t optimistic about starting in any of the three games at Houston.

Ross Gload started at first base for Florida in the series opener with the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

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) Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

VandenHurk optioned, G. Sanchez recalled

On Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins optioned right-hander Rick VandenHurk to Triple-A New Orleans, and recalled infielder Gaby Sanchez from Triple-A.

Sanchez, who exited a game with New Orleans early on Monday, will join the team in Houston. Florida opens a three-game series with the Astros on Tuesday night.

Adding Sanchez gives the Marlins 13 position players and 12 pitchers. A first baseman/third baseman, Sanchez also provides depth should Nick Johnson not be available with a right hamstring strain.

Johnson tweaked his hamstring in the first inning of the first game of Sunday’s double-header against the Rockies at Land Shark Stadium.

A Miami native, Sanchez will be joining the Marlins for the second time this season. He has two pinch-hit appearances thus far. At Triple-A, he has played in 76 games and has a .296 average with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs.

In four starts with Florida, VandenHurk has a 2-2 record with a 5.12 ERA. The right-hander pitched the second game of Sunday’s twinbill, suffering the loss. In 5 2/3 innings, he gave up six runs, including three home runs. He struck out nine.

VandenHurk was lined up to start either on Friday or Saturday.

Now, it appears the Marlins will go with Chris Volstad on Friday at Atlanta. A candidate for Saturday could be Anibal Sanchez, who threw 3 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment start for Double-A Jacksonville on Monday. Anibal Sanchez is on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Friday

Cody Ross is back in the lineup after experiencing some low back stiffness during his final at-bat on Thursday night.

Ross will be in center field on Friday in the Marlins’ opener with the Rockies. Chris Coghlan is riding a 12-game hitting streak, and Hanley Ramirez has hit safely in nine straight.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Hermida, RF

9) Johnson, P

 

Rockies

1) Smith, LF
2) Gonzalez, CF
3) Tulowitzki, SS
4) Hawpe, RF
5) Atkins, 1B
6) Stewart, 3B
7) Barmes, 2B
8) Ianetta, C
9) Hammel, P
 

– Joe Frisaro

 

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