Results tagged ‘ Phillies ’

Hanley hot but hindered?

After going 2-for-5 on Friday night, Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to six straight games. He’s raised his batting average from .245 to .279 over that stretch.

But is all well?

Maybe not. While Ramirez is getting his timing down at the plate, he seems to be experiencing some lower back discomfort. Players commonly deal with bumps and bruises, and Ramirez certainly has played through the years with pain. For most of the second half of 2007, he dealt with a left shoulder problem that required surgery after that season.

Now, for about a week, dating at least to the series at Washington, from April 17-19, Ramirez has been icing his lower back. 

Perhaps that’s a reason Ramirez wasn’t running at full-speed on his double in the fifth inning on Friday, on a ball he seemed to think was going over the wall for a homer. He also didn’t tag up from second on Ross Gload’s fly ball out in the same inning. But Ramirez did try to steal third in that frame, but he was thrown out.

“I got a bad jump,” Ramirez said of Saturday about his steal attempt.

Asked if his back is bothering him, Ramirez said no, which isn’t surprising because aren’t always willing to reveal their ailments.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he had a discussion with Ramirez on Saturday, but didn’t say what was talked about.

Even with some discomfort, Ramirez has continued playing. It just looks like he’s not running like he did when he was swiping 51 bases in each of 2006 and 2007.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Phils game rescheduled

Monday Night Football is impacting the Marlins.

On Tuesday night, the Marlins announced they are switching their Sept. 21 game with the Phillies to July 16 at Dolphin Stadium. The change comes to accommodate the Miami Dolphins, the primary tenant at the stadium. Tickets issued for the Sept. 21 will be honored on July 16.

The Dolphins will be playing a Monday night game on Sept. 21 at home against the Indianapolis Colts.

What the change means for the Marlins is they will gain an off day in late September. But instead of a three-game set with their NL East rival Phillies, that series now will be two games.

The change impacts Florida’s final homestand. The Marlins will now have a five-game homestand at Dolphin Stadium from Sept. 22-27 against the Phillies and Mets. New York will be in town Sept. 25 for the first of three games.

— Joe Frisaro

Sheffield anyone?

Gary Sheffield is now on the market, and the veteran offered a few words on where he might end up.

Sheffield noted he would be interested in returning to the Marlins. Yet, it is unclear if the team feels the same.

Sheffield spoke with the MLB Network on Tuesday, after he was released by the Tigers.

He noted that the Phillies have already shown interest. A native of Tampa, Fla., Sheffield was a key player on Florida’s 1997 World Series title team.

“The Marlins, I feel the team, they know me from when we won the World Series,” he told the MLB Network. “And so I have an attachment there.”

A more realistic option for the Marlins could be left-handed hitting Geoff Jenkins, who was released by the Phillies. Florida is looking for a lefty bat off the bench.

— Joe Frisaro


Moves on the horizon?

It didn’t take long for the Ronny Paulino situation to resolve itself. Indeed, Paulino was the odd catcher out in Philadelphia. While the Marlins didn’t dismiss the prospect of bringing him in, they didn’t pursue him that hard either.

On Friday night it was announced that Paulino was dealt to the Giants for lefty reliever Jack Taschner.

Taschner, meanwhile, fit the bill for what the Marlins were looking for, a lefty with big league service time.

With so few catching options out there, expect the Marlins to go with Mike Rabelo or Brett Hayes as John Baker’s backup.

Other catching candidates who project to be available include Adam Melhuse, who isn’t part of the Rangers plans.

There isn’t much out there, barring trying to make a significant trade.

The Marlins appear to be in the market for a veteran left-handed bat off the bench to serve as a pinch-hit, spot starter option. And lefty relief help is high on the list.

— Joe Frisaro

Paulino, lefty bullpen help?

Ronny Paulino has a track record of being a starting catcher, which is one reason why the Marlins aren’t discounting bringing the veteran in as an insurance policy for John Baker.

Word out of the Phillies camp is Paulino will be the odd man out in their catcher mix. So he could come at a cheap price.

For now, his name is being considered. Whether he is the right fit the team will ultimately decide. With the Pirates in 2007, he appeared in 133 games and had 11 homers, 55 RBIs and hit .263.

The Marlins are ready to go with either Mike Rabelo or Brett Hayes as the backup.

Adding catching depth is an organizational priority, but so is attracting left-handed relief help.

Dan Meyer, Renyel Pinto and John Koronka are in the mix. Two of the three will make the team, unless the Marlins look elsewhere. Odds are, they will.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez on Friday didn’t rule out looking at the waiver wire.

— Joe Frisaro