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Hanley at 80 percent

During pregame warmups on Saturday, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was in a familiar spot — fielding ground balls hit directly at him and in both directions.

The 25-year-old All-Star was moving around pretty well.

Asked if he was at full strength, Ramirez responded: “No.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez estimates Ramirez was at 80 percent.

That was good enough for the Marlins to make the decision to return the Dominican Republic native to the starting lineup for the first time since Tuesday at Philadelphia.

Ramirez has not started due to a tight right groin suffered while he beat out an infield single in the third inning on May 26. He missed two starts, but on Friday night, he pinch-hit, and grounded out to shortstop in the 10th inning.

Florida lost 2-1 to the Mets in 11 innings.

Ramirez arrived early to Citi Field on Saturday morning for treatment. Gonzalez was at the park about 9 a.m., ET, and the shortstop walked in about five minutes later.

“He’s OK enough to play,” Gonzalez said. “He’s not 100 percent. I think he’s got to run, and stay within himself. If you had to put a percentage on it, I’d say 80 or 85.”

The Marlins won’t be expecting Ramirez to run at full-speed, and they want him to be careful in the field.

“We’re going to have to keep an eye on him,” Gonzalez said. “If he starts favoring it, then we’ll make a decision on him.”

The Marlins are hopeful Ramirez can go the distance because veteran Wes Helms has flu-like symptoms.

Helms is available to pinch-hit, but he didn’t go through pregame drills.

If Ramirez did have to exit the game early, Emilio Bonifacio would slide from third base to shortstop. If Helms isn’t ready to play in the field at third base, Jorge Cantu could be switched to third base, and Ross Gload would play first base.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins make roster moves

Due to the stress put on the bullpen from Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, the Marlins were forced to make a couple of moves on Thursday to add pitching depth.
 
To accommodate the extra arms, infielder Alfredo Amezaga was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retro active to Sunday, with a left knee contusion. Actually, Amezaga has a bone bruise, and he will be examined further on Friday by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.
 
The Marlins also optioned outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Triple-A New Orleans.
 
The new pitchers are right-handed pitcher Cristhian Martinez, who had his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville.
 
The Marlins also recalled lefty reliever Dave Davidson from Triple-A New Orleans.
 
These moves were made because the Marlins are hoping to stay away from all their relievers on Thursday. The plan is for starter Andrew Miller to go as deep as he can. If Miller has to leave early, Martinez, who is a starter, can pitch in long relief. Davidson will be the short reliever.
 
The moves leave the Marlins with 14 pitchers and 11 position players. Wes Helms, Ross Gload and Ronny Paulino were the only players on the bench.
 
On Friday, the Marlins are expected to add another position player — perhaps Brett Carroll.
 
– Joe Frisaro
 

Gload deal finalized

When the Marlins acquired Ross Gload from the Royals late in Spring Training, the deal was made for a player to be named.

On Wednesday, that player indeed was named. The Marlins announced right-hander Eric Basurto will be headed to Kansas City to complete the trade.

Basurto was a 33rd round pick in 2006.

– Joe Frisaro

Hanley enters in seventh

Hanley Ramirez wanted to start on Friday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez isn’t ready to chance anything.

So not completely unexpected, the All-Star shortstop was not in the starting lineup for the afternoon contest with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

However, in the seventh inning, Ramirez entered as part of a double-switch, playing shortstop for the first time since the first inning on Monday.

Leading off the eighth inning, Ramirez batted in the pitcher’s spot, and the first pitch he saw from Carlos Marmol was high and tight for a ball. Ramirez ended up walking. And in the ninth inning, Ramirez came to bat representing the tying run. He was facing former Marlin Kevin Gregg.

Ramirez lifted a fly ball to center for the final out. Yet, he was encouraged to be back, and he expects to start on Saturday.

“I feel good,” said Ramirez, who had his eight-game hitting streak snapped. “I feel I’ve got my timing. I’ll just wait for tomorrow. I’ll be ready to go.”

Ramirez is still a little sore, and he expects to be for a while.

On Friday morning, Ramirez told Gonzalez that he was ready to go.

“That’s a good sign,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the competitor in him. He wants to play. He came out of the cage [Thursday] with only like nine swings, and it was kind of bothering him. So we’re going to make him go through the whole BP and see how he reacts.”

Ramirez had not played since he was struck on the right hand by a pitch from John Maine at Citi Field. 

Ramirez on Thursday tested the hand by swinging in the batting cage, which is located inside the wall and under the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field. Off a tee, Ramirez took a few swings and didn’t feel right. So he stopped.

– Joe Frisaro

Hanley to miss Tuesday

The Marlins entered Monday’s series with the Mets riding a six-game losing streak.

Now the team is dealing with the prospect of Hanley Ramirez being hurt.

In the first inning, Ramirez was plunked on the right hand/wrist by a 94 mph John Maine fastball.

An X-ray came back negative, and Ramirez is listed as day-to-day with a sore right hand.

Ramirez said he will definitely not play on Tuesday. He also didn’t think Maine hit him intentionally.

“I know they’re not going to miss a pitch over the plate,” Ramirez said. “If they’re going to miss, they’re going to hit somebody. That’s what they’re supposed to do. They’re fighting. There is nothing you can do, and I can’t control that.”

In an eight-pitch showdown with Maine, Ramirez had worked the count full when he was struck hard on the wrist. Clearly in pain, the 25-year-old All-Star drifted toward the Marlins dugout, and he was tended to by assistant trainer Mike Kozak.

Ramirez didn’t make an attempt to go to first base. Instead, he was immediately replaced by pinch-runner Ross Gload.

Ramirez entered with an eight-game hitting streak.

– Joe Frisaro

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

Hermida hitting sixth

Saturday marked the first time this season that Jeremy Hermida hit in the second hole. It paid off as he connected on two dramatic homers. His two-run shot in the ninth sent the game to extra innings, and, his three-run drive in the 11th won it for Florida.

The reason Hermida was hitting second, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, was because he wanted to hit Ronny Paulino higher in the order. Paulino had good numbers off Nationals lefty Scott Olsen, so Gonzalez placed Paulino in the sixth spot.

That move also paid off as Paulino hit a two-run homer off Olsen in the second inning.

On Sunday, Hermida was back in his familiar sixth spot.

The lineup in the series finale with the Nationals was: Boni, Baker, Hanley, Gload, Uggla, Hermida, Ross, Amezaga (CF) and Volstad.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Cantu to get breather

Deciding when to give bench players starts is a challenge for all managers.

Fredi Gonzalez on Sunday is planning on starting Ross Gload at first base, giving Jorge Cantu a day off. Of course, Cantu will be available to pinch-hit.

The strategy is partly based to give Gload a chance to have four at-bats, which is important for players to stay sharp. As a pinch-hitter, Gload has done a terrific job.

Getting regular plate appearances will certainly pay off.

Another thing to consider with this move is Cantu gets to avoid facing Nationals right-hander Daniel Cabrera. In the third game of the season, Cabrera plunked Cantu on the back of the left hand with a 91 mph fastball.

Since then, Cantu is wearing a protective padding on the back of his batting glove.

– Joe Frisaro

Gload batting cleanup

The Marlins tweaked their lineup as Jorge Cantu still is sitting out with his sore left hand. Ross Gload is hitting in Cantu’s cleanup spot.

Here’s the lineup for Tuesday at Atlanta:

Emilio Bonifacio 3b, John Baker C, Hanley Ramirez ss Ross Gload 1b, Dan Uggla 2b, Jeremy Hermida lf, Cameron Maybin cf, Alfredo Amezaga rf, Chris Volstad p.

Still nursing his sore hand, Cantu took batting practice on Tuesday, and said he felt a slight pinch. However, he is making strides, and he’s hopeful to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Final roster set

Barring anything not on the immediate horizon, the Marlins’ 25-man roster is set.

It’s actually the exact 25 I named last night in an earlier blog.

The new developments on Friday were the roster moves to get the team down to 25,

Reliever Carlos Martinez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and reliever Brian Sanches was reassigned to Minor League camp.

The bad news of the night was right-hander Rick VandenHurk is going on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. VandenHurk last pitched on March 28 against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, and he tossed a a scoreless inning of relief, walking two and striking out one.

VandenHurk missed time with the Marlins during Spring Training because he pitched for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

VandenHurk is going on the disabled list, retroactive to March 29.

The Marlins also are placing utility player Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list with a sprained left knee. And reliever Scott Proctor will go on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. Amezaga and Proctor are on the DL, retroactive to March 27.

Chances are Amezaga could be activated within seven to 10 days after Florida opens on Monday against the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The earliest he can be reinstated is April 11.

Unless some other moves are made before Monday, the contracts of infielder Andy Gonzalez and right-handed reliever Kiko Calero will be selected.

Florida will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Emilio Bonifacio, John Baker, Jeremy Hermida, Cameron Maybin, Cody Ross, Wes Helms, Ross Gload, Brett Carroll, Ronny Paulino and Gonzalez.

The rotation will feature, in order, Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller.

Because of two early off days, Florida will go with a four-man rotation until April 15. At that point, Miller will be slotted in. Until then, Miller will pitch out of the bullpen.

The rest of the relievers will be closer Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Logan Kensing, Calero, Hayden Penn, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

– Joe Frisaro

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