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Hanley sits, Johnson back

For the first time since Sept. 25, Nick Johnson is back in the Marlins starting lineup. While Johnson, who has dealt with the flu, returned, All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez was given the day off.

Ramirez, who leads the National League in hitting with a .341 average, was expected to get this day off. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Wednesday that he would give Ramirez Friday off. The team also was off on Thursday.

The Marlins finish their season against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Johnson, 1B

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Carroll, RF

8) Bonifacio, SS

9) VandenHurk, P

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins sticking with starters

Being officially eliminated from playoff contention doesn’t mean the Marlins won’t be running out their best available lineup.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez, realizing the Braves and Phillies this weekend, will be playing meaningful games. So the Marlins will not rest most of their regulars in their final four games.

“We’re going to try to play it as close as we can,” Gonzalez said.

Now, the Marlins will likely give a player or so a day of rest.

Hanley Ramirez, for instance, likely will be out of the lineup on Friday at Philadelphia. The Marlins are off on Thursday, so that would give the All-Star, who is leading the N.L. in hitting, a two-day breather.

Nick Johnson, who has been nursing the flu since last Friday, took batting practice on Wednesday in Atlanta. The team is hoping Johnson will be  able to start on Friday at Philadelphia.

The rotation against the Phillies will be Rick VandenHurk on Friday, Anibal Sanchez on Saturday and Josh Johnson on Sunday.

Cody Ross’ bruised left wrist is still bothering him. If he can play at Philadelphia, he will, but chances of that happening seem remote.

Gaby Sanchez could get a start at first base in one of the games at Philadelphia.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins Wednesday lineup

The Marlins have loaded up on right-handed hitters to face Philadelphia lefty Cole Hamels on Wednesday night in the series finale at Land Shark Stadium.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Helms, 3B

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, RF

8) Paulino, C

9) VandenHurk, P

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins lineup Friday

The Marlins look to even their best-of-four series with the Reds on Friday in Cincinnati. Florida has lost nine straight at Great American Ball Park.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) VandenHurk, P

— Joe Frisaro


VandenHurk for Friday

With Chris Volstad struggling, the Marlins have decided to start right-hander Rick VandenHurk on Friday at Cincinnati.

Volstad would have been in line for that game, but the 22-year-old has been laboring of late. In Sunday’s loss to the Nationals, the right-handergave up five runs (four earned) in three innings. He walked five and gave up his 28th home run in 28 starts.

VandenHurk, meanwhile, last started on Sept. 8 at the Mets. His game was cut short due to tightness in his back, but he’s been throwing regularly and has felt fine.

VandenHurk is 2-2 with a 4.65 ERA in eight starts. In 40 2/3 innings, he’s struck out 39.

The plan for Volstad, and it could change depending on how the week goes, is to let him face batters in live batting practice on Saturday.

Volstad is striving to regain command of his sinker. The organization wants him to do so against hitters in a non-game situation.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that could change based on availability of the pitching staff during the road trip, which began on Monday at St. Louis.

The Marlins will face the Reds in a four-game set beginning on Thursday.

— Joe Frisaro




West lifted in fifth

Sean West became the second Marlins starter in the series to get shaken up and not be able to complete five innings.

While running the bases in the fourth inning, West stumbled and rolled his right ankle while touching first, and he fell a few feet beyond the bag. The incident occurred after he tapped a ground ball to shortstop Anderson Hernandez. But Hernandez didn’t throw to first base, instead he tossed Cody Ross out trying to advance from second base to third.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak headed toward West, who convinced them he was fine. But in the bottom of the fifth inning, West exited after facing two batters and not recording an out. West’s first pitch of the inning struck pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez. After Angel Pagan’s double, West was replaced by Burke Badenhop.

West insists he is fine, and he is slated to make his next start on Tuesday at St. Louis.

“That was just a pitcher running the bases right there,” West said. “I was watching the play unfold at third base. I wasn’t watching where I was going, and I just caught the corner of the bag. It startled me at first. I got up and I was fine. It’s just a little embarrassing, but I’m fine.”

The conditions weren’t ideal on Thursday, as a light rain began to fall in the fourth inning.

On Tuesday night in the series opener, Rick VandenHurk also exited after four innings due to stiffness in his back.

— Joe Frisaro

VandenHurk decision pending

Pain free, Rick VandenHurk threw off flat ground on Thursday afternoon before doing his normal between starts bullpen session at Citi Field.

While the right-hander’s stiff back didn’t present any problems, the Marlins will wait at least one more day before deciding whether VandenHurk will start on Sunday at home against the Nationals.

“He felt better,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re going to give him an opportunity to see how he feels.”

So at least for now, the Marlins are considering going with VandenHurk. Ultimately, the decision could change. If it does, Chris Volstad is also lined up to start if the tight back presents any problems for VandenHurk.

Gonzalez noted the team will be cautious with VandenHurk, and he still has to show he is fully ready.

VandenHurk started the series opener against the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. He was removed after four innings.

— Joe Frisaro


Waiting on VandenHurk

For now, the Marlins are going to give Rick VandenHurk every opportunity to make his next scheduled start, which would be Sunday against the Nationals at Land Shark Stadium.

Whether the 24-year-old right-hander is physically ready is expected to be determined on Thursday.

VandenHurk experienced back tightness during his start against the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. His outing was cut short after four innings when he felt his back tighten in the third inning.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Wednesday: “We’re going to give him an opportunity.”

VandenHurk is scheduled to throw his between starts bullpen session on Thursday. If there is any sign that the back is bothering him, then he likely will be scratched.

“We will always err on the side of caution,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez didn’t say who will start if VandenHurk is replaced in the rotation, but the likely choice appears to be Chris Volstad.

— Joe Frisaro


VandenHurk's stiff back

Marlins right-hander Rick VandenHurk’s start lasted four innings on Tuesday night at Citi Field. He was lifted due to back stiffness and he’s listed as day to day.

With two outs in the third inning, the 24-year-old favored his right side after throwing a pitch to New York’s Anderson Hernandez. Manager Fredi Gonzalez and assistant trainer Mike Kozak headed to the mound to check on VandenHurk. He threw a warmup pitch and remained in the game, striking Hernandez out to end the inning.

But in the fifth inning, Burke Badenhop replaced VandenHurk, who gave up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He didn’t qualify for the win because he didn’t throw the necessary five innings.

VandenHurk’s fastball velocity in the fourth inning was about 88-89 mph, after it was 91-92 in the first inning. He also reached 94 mph in the first.

If VandenHurk can’t make his next scheduled start, on Sunday against the Nationals in Miami, a possibility to replace him is Chris Volstad.

— Joe Frisaro


Revised Wednesday lineup

After initially being in the lineup on Wednesday, All-Star Hanley Ramirez was scratched less than two hours before the Marlins faced the Braves at Land Shark Stadium.

On Tuesday night, Ramirez was replaced in the fifth inning on Tuesday night with a tight left hamstring. Emilio Bonifacio started at short in place of Ramirez.

The Marlins look to rebound on Wednesday after dropping the first two games to Atlanta at Land Shark Stadium.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Uggla, 2B

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Ross, CF

6) Hermida, RF

7) Paulino, C

8) Bonifacio, SS

9) VandenHurk, P

— Joe Frisaro