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Wise in center vs. Mets

JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Coghlan has been playing center field in Minor League games, but the Marlins are not quite ready to put him in Grapefruit League action.

So Dewayne Wise, who is looking to make the club as a non-roster invitee, is getting the start in center field.

The Marlins may be leaning towards keeping Coghlan out of Grapefruit League games, because it could impact a retroactive date should the team place him on the disabled list to start the season.

Players can appear in Minor League games, but if they are in either a Grapefruit or Cactus league game after March 22, they are not eligible to be placed on the season retroactive. So should Coghlan, or any other Marlin, go on the DL retroactive to March 22, they would be eligible to play on April 7, or after the first six days of the season.

Wise has enjoyed a solid spring. Greg Dobbs, who is a frontrunner to make the team as a left-handed bat off the bench, is getting the start on Thursday at third base.

METS

1) Willie Harris, CF
2) Chin-lung Hu, 3B
3) Daniel Murphy, 2B
4) Ike Davis, 1B
5) Nick Evans, LF
6) Lucas Duda, RF
7) Josh Thole, C
8) Luis Hernandez, SS
9) D.J. Carrasco, P

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Mike Stanton, RF
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Logan Morrison, LF
7) Greg Dobbs, 3B
8) Brett Hayes, C
9) Anibal Sanchez, P

Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup vs. Twins

JUPITER, Fla. — After a day off, the Marlins are back in action on Tuesday afternoon, taking on the Twins at Roger Dean Stadium.

Josh Johnson will face former Marlins right-hander Carl Pavano.

Donnie Murphy will be playing third base.

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) Greg Dobbs, RF
8) Donnie Murphy, 3B
9) Josh Johnson, P

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

Vazquez facing Cardinals on Saturday

JUPITER, Fla. — After missing one start due to mild soreness in his right elbow, Javier Vazquez is back on the mound for Florida on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

There will be no designated hitter, so Vazquez and St. Louis right-hander Kyle Lohse are both expected to hit.

About 30 minutes before the first pitch, the Marlins announced Logan Morrison was scratched from the lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

Also slated to pitch for the Marlins are Burke Badenhop, Randy Choate and Clay Hensley.

Dewayne Wise is back in the lineup after sitting out a couple of days with a sore left big toe.

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Greg Dobbs, 1B
5) Brad Davis, C
6) Matt Dominguez, 3B
7) Josh Kroeger, RF
8) Emilio Bonifacio, LF
9) Javier Vazquez, P

CARDINALS

1) Ryan Theriot, SS
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Matt Carpenter, 3B
6) Yadier Molina, C
7) Skip Schumaker, 2B
8) Nick Stavinoha, RF
9) Kyle Lohse, P

Joe Frisaro

Marlins may have interest in Castillo

JUPITER, Fla. — Luis Castillo is now on the market, and the Marlins may have interest.

A source said the organization is having some internal discussions about whether to bring the 35-year-old back to Florida.

On Friday the Mets released Castillo. a switch-hitting second baseman. New York is on the hook to pay the $6 million on his 2011 contract.

Castillo could make sense for Florida if the team isn’t sure prospect Matt Dominguez is ready to win the third base job. The 21-year-old Dominguez, currently the frontrunner to be the Opening Day starter, is batting .219 in 32 Grapefruit League at-bats.

If the Marlins do look to sign Castillo, he could play second and Omar Infante could switch to third base.

Castillo was with the Marlins from 1996-2005. He was a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner in Florida.

Joe Frisaro
  

Infante is fine, Wise ready for Friday

Marlins second baseman Omar Infante received a scare in the seventh inning on Thursday when he was struck in the left elbow by a fastball.

Infante was plunked by St. Louis right-hander Jason Motte, and he left the game.

It appears that the second baseman will be fine. He was hit on the protective elbow pad that covered his elbow.

Although Infante immediately left the game, he could be back in the lineup on Friday. Manager Edwin Rodriguez noted that the second baseman was going to be lifted for a pinch runner that inning anyway.

If Infante gets Friday off, Rodriguez said, it likely will be because he was just being given a breather.

Outfielder Dewayne Wise, a non-roster invitee, informed Rodriguez on Thursday that he has a minor toe bruise. It’s nothing serious, and chances are he will be available on Friday.

Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday.

The Marlins have Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton playing in Minor League games as they recover from their ailments.

Both had five at-bats. Stanton (right quad strain) had three hits, including a double, and he didn’t play the field. Stanton was pinch-run for after reaching base.

Coghlan (right shoulder tendinitis) played center field and had three fly balls hit to him. He didn’t do any strenuous throwing. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a walk.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup vs. Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. — Plans to start Chris Coghlan in center field in back-to-back Grapefruit League have been scrapped.

Due to tendinitis and inflammation in his right shoulder, Coghlan will be playing in Minor League games for at least a while. Emilio Bonifacio started in center field on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Initially, manager Edwin Rodriguez was set to go with another lineup, which included a number of backups. But Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez all approached the manager and said they wanted to play, and an adjustment was made.

“The regular players all came in and said they wanted to play,” Rodriguez said. “That was good to see.”

Josh Johnson will be making the start for the Marlins. Jake Westbrook is throwing for the Cardinals.

MARLINS

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

CARDINALS

1) Matt Carpenter, DH
2) Colby Rasmus, CF
3) Albert Pujols, 1B
4) Matt Holliday, LF
5) Lance Berkman, RF
6) David Freese, 3B
7) Dan Descalso, 2B
8) Gerald Laird, C
9) Tyler Greene, SS

Joe Frisaro

Manny in lineup vs. Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Manny Ramirez is among the Rays regulars on the travel roster to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins look to snap their eight-game Grapefruit League losing streak. Chris Volstad takes the mound for Florida, while Tampa Bay is going with Cory Wade.

RAYS

1) John Jaso, C
2) Elliot Johnson, CF
3) Manny Ramirez, DH
4) Matt Joyce, RF
5) Felipe Lopez, 3B
6) Casey Kotchman, 1B
7) Sean Rodriguez, 2B
8) Reid Brignac, SS
9) Sam Fuld, LF

MARLINS

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) Wes Helms, DH
8) Matt Dominguez, 3B
9) Emilio Bonifacio, RF

Joe Frisaro

Has Dominguez secured a spot?

So far, so good for Matt Dominguez.

The 21-year-old, who is looking to bypass Triple-A and jump from Double-A to the big leagues, is currently passing the audition in terms of winning the Marlins’ third base job. If the season opened today, Dominguez would be in the starting lineup.
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A first-round pick in 2007, Dominguez has lived up to the billing in the field. He is playing third base at a high level, which improves the overall infield defense. The plan is to keep Omar Infante at second base, and Dominguez makes that possible.

What the Marlins really have been looking at is Dominguez’s hitting. A good sign is, at the plate, he hasn’t been overmatched. In his first 11 Grapefruit League games, he’s hit a respectable .269 with two homers and 10 RBIs. He’s seeing pitches, and stringing together quality at-bats.

Another factor — and this also is telling — is body language. In that regard, Dominguez also is handling himself well. Not in a cocky way, but the California native is walking and acting like he belongs.

As an organization, the Marlins are looking at everything before they make their final decision.

There also are indications the Marlins are planning on breaking camp with Dominguez at third base.

With that said, these final 2 1/2 weeks are crucial for Dominguez. As Opening Day approaches, so does the intensity level, especially from veteran players.

Pitchers, who spent the first half of camp working on things, start to game plan. It still remains to be seen if Dominguez will be able to handle the breaking and off-speed pitches.

It’s easy to be deceived in Spring Training, and the Marlins’ front office will be carefully watching to make sure Dominguez isn’t rushed too fast. As an organization, there is the danger of demoralizing a young player.

If the team decides Dominguez needs some Triple-A seasoning, Donnie Murphy, Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs are options to fill in at third. Or the club could explore a trade.

So while Dominguez may be earmarked to be the third baseman today, these next few weeks will ultimately decide if he wins the job.

Joe Frisaro

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