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JUPITER, Fla. — Josh Johnson faced Hanley Ramirez. Matt Dominguez ran with the first team in a number of infield drills, and Chris Coghlan got his first taste of playing center field.
There were plenty of storylines to follow in the Marlins first full-squad workouts on Tuesday afternoon at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
But the most jaw-dropping part of the day came on a back field during batting practice. Mike Stanton launched a number of mammoth drives well past the left field wall and near the town homes across the street.
In a group with Logan Morrison and Coghlan, Stanton put on a show for a small gathering. A couple of fans positioned outside the walls ran down the baseballs. One fan had at least three baseballs in each hand as he ran to gather even more Stanton drives.
Catcher Brett Hayes, who was in the group that followed Stanton, joked: “Save some baseballs for us, Mike.”
Other notable moments from Day One:
* In live batting practice, Johnson pitched to a group that included Ramirez. The two All-Stars faced each other, but it was pretty basic stuff as Johnson is working on his pitches, and Ramirez is getting his timing down. Johnson, like all the pitchers, was throwing behind a screen, while the hitters were under the “turtle” batting cage.
* Former Marlins bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault is now a scout in the organization. Arsenault, who was on Florida’s staff from 2002-10, watched Tuesday’s workouts.
* During infield drills, the starting unit was Gaby Sanchez at first, Omar Infante at second, Ramirez at short and Dominguez at third. Backing up at each position were Wes Helms (first), Emilio Bonifacio (second), Donnie Murphy (shortstop) and Greg Dobbs (third).
* Johnson, Chris Volstad and Javier Vazquez all threw live batting practice on Tuesday.
* Murphy, who is recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, participated in field drills, and he faced live pitching. The team still plans on not overload Murphy in hitting too much early in camp.
* John Baker, returning from Tommy John surgery to his throwing arm, took part in live batting practice. Baker is on a throwing program, tossing off flat ground at 90 feet, and he is building up to 120 feet.
* Wednesday’s workouts begin at 10 a.m. ET, and they are open to the public.
– Joe Frisaro
The Marlins have yet to make any formal announcement, but their coaching staff is just about set.
The new outfield/first base coach is expected to be Dave Collins, who played from 1975-90.
Florida’s new pitching coach will be Randy St. Claire, formerly with the Nationals. The new infield/third base coach will be Josue Espada, the organizations Minor League infield coordinator. Reid Cornelius is lined up to be the bullpen coach. Cornelius was the pitching coach at Double-A Jacksonville.
Returning to the staff are bench coach Carlos Tosca, hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault.
– Joe Frisaro
The Marlins have a few more coaching vacancies.
On Friday, the team announced third base/outfield coach Bo Porter and bullpen coach are not returning for 2010.
Bench coach Carlos Tosca, hitting coach Jim Presley and bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault accepted contracts for next year.
The Marlins now have four coaching positions open.
Pitching coach Mark Wiley and first base/indield coach Andy Fox were not offered contracts.
– Joe Frisaro
Some things on note:
* Matt Lindstrom threw one inning, and 16 pitches, in a low A Minor League game on Thursday. It was the first time he’s faced hitters since March 15, when strained his right rotator cuff. Lindstorm is expected to be on the Opening Day roster.
* Alfredo Amezaga’s knee brace has arrived, and he is wearing it for support. Amezaga continues to do drills, but he likely will start the season on the disabled list with a sprained knee. Amezaga says the brace is stabilizing his knee, and he is going through drills wearing it.
* Bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault expects to need four-to-six weeks to recover from a left hip condition. He is hoping to return in a couple of months. For now, he’s on crutches. The Marlins are looking to see who will assume the role, which requires catching in the bullpen. Arsenault is the lone remaining coach from the 2003 World Series title team. He is optimistic he can return in a couple of months.
* Ross Gload, acquired from the Royals on Wednesday, took a red-eye flight from Arizona to Florida and was in uniform by 11 a.m. and available to play on Friday.
* Emilio Bonifacio, who was struck on the left middle finger by a pitch on Wednesday, was out of the lineup on Thursday for precautionary reasons. Dan Uggla also was given the day off. Both are fine.
– Joe Frisaro