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JUPITER, Fla. — The stomach virus that has gone around Marlins camp has caught up to Matt Dominguez.
The 21-year-old third baseman was sent home on Tuesday morning. In recent days, Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez, Brett Hayes and John Baker each have dealt with flu-like symptoms.
Dominguez is battling for the third base job, and he’s been struggling of late.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said a decision should be made on the third base job by the end of the upcoming weekend.
Dominguez is scheduled to make the trip to Lake Buena Vista on Wednesday to face the Braves.
While the Marlins would like to see Dominguez’s defense in the lineup, Rodriguez said: “We’re not going to force the situation.”
Other items of note from Edwin’s morning media session:
* Mike Stanton and Chris Coghlan are both playing the outfield in Minor League games on Tuesday. Both are expected to play for the Marlins on Thursday against the Red Sox.
Rodriguez sounds confident that both will be ready for the April 1 Opening Night game with the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.
* Josh Johnson should throw 85-90 pitches on Tuesday against the Twins. Ryan Webb, Leo Nunez and Mike Dunn also are expected to pitch.
* Greg Dobbs is making his first start in the outfield on Tuesday, getting action in right field. Dobbs is a frontrunner to win the lefty bat off the bench job.
* Emilio Bonifacio, while a candidate to play either second or third base if Dominguez doesn’t make the team, also is an option in center field if Coghlan isn’t ready for Opening Day.
* Donnie Murphy is certainly in the mix to play third base.
* Rodriguez added that the final days of camp should be interesting because cuts made by other clubs could impact the Marlins. For instance, Florida may look to pick up a player or two who are released from other camps.
— Joe Frisaro
VIERA, Fla. — All signs are pointing to Ricky Nolasco being ready to be Florida’s No. 2 starter when the season opens.
Nolasco has been nursing a sore right thumb, but the right-hander still projects to be ready for the April 2 game against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.
Josh Johnson will be pitching on Opening Night on April 1.
Nolasco threw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, and he is expected to throw off the mound again on Friday. The plan is two more bullpen sessions, a live batting practice and a simulated game before he takes the mound in a Spring Training game.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez says Nolasco likely will be throwing in a game on March 13.
“[Game Two] is very realistic if everything stays in order,” Rodriguez said. “He should be fine for that.”
Rodriguez says Nolasco’s body language of late has shown he is ready to pitch.
“He’s been bouncing around, and he was having fun, which is always good,” Rodriguez said.
Other items of note from Rodriguez’s morning press briefing:
* Mike Stanton continues to feel better and walk with limited discomfort. But the right quad will keep him out at least two weeks.
* Greg Dobbs was shaken up after being in a mild collision at first base on Tuesday. Dobbs bruised his knee. He was to be the designated hitter on Wednesday, but he was scratched from the lineup.
* Josh Johnson will throw 55 pitches or three innings on Wednesday.
* The Marlins renewed the contracts of Stanton, Logan Morrison, Ryan Webb and Gaby Sanchez.
— Joe Frisaro
Ricky Nolasco is not yet ready to throw off the mound, but the past two days, the right-hander has played catch.
The plan is to continue doing so, while not yet pushing the sore thumb that has set him back since the start of Spring Training.
Nolasco began a light tossing routine on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was throwing at 60 feet.
“I’m being optimistic,” said Nolasco, who hopes to throw at 100 feet in the next day or so. “I have a little bit more to go.”
Nolasco jammed his thumb about three weeks ago while doing some conditioning.
Expected to be Florida’s No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson, Nolasco is hopeful to throw off the mound sometime next week. The team isn’t pushing it.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez says that as long as Nolasco is ready to pitch by mid-March, he should be fine to open the season.
Here’s a run down of what took place at camp on Wednesday.
* Donnie Murphy took live batting practice for the first time. Recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist, Murphy faced Tom Koehler, and he said his wrist was fine. On Tuesday, Murphy stepped in against a pitcher, but he was tracking pitches and not swinging. He plans on continuing to take live BP.
* A few pitchers have already caught the eye of their manager. Rodriguez noted that relievers Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn and Edward Mujica have all looked impressive while facing hitters.
* The plan is to have Josh Johnson throw in a Grapefruit League game sometime next week. Johnson will not pitch the exhibition opener on Sunday against the University of Miami. Javier Vazquez will pitch two innings on that day. Also on Sunday, Johnson will throw in a simulated game on a back field, but he won’t face UM. JJ’s first Grapefruit League game will be either March 2 or March 3. If he starts on March 2 against the Nationals at Viera, he would be lined up throwing every fifth day up until Opening Day.
— Joe Frisaro
A new season means some new faces in Spring Training along with some new numbers.
As a refresher for the upcoming season, Marlins fans may want to check out the roster page on marlins.com for the latest updates. For instance, first baseman Gaby Sanchez no longer is wearing No. 14. Instead, he has switched to No. 15.
John Buck, the club’s new catcher, will be wearing No. 14.
In the offseason, the Marlins made several significant free agent signings as well as trades.
Omar Infante, obtained from Atlanta in the Dan Uggla trade, will be wearing No. 13. Uggla’s old No. 6 is now being worn by catcher Brad Davis.
Javier Vazquez will be No. 23, while Randy Choate is No. 35. Other newcomers and their numbers are Edward Mujica (34), Ryan Webb (58) and Dustin Richardson (24).
Along with new numbers, one Marlin on the 40-man roster will be at a new position. Chris Hatcher, formerly a catcher, is switching to pitching.
Hatcher, the Marlins’ fifth-round pick in 2006, pitched a little in college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also has thrown a couple of innings at the Minor League level.
At Double-A Jacksonville last year, Hatcher made one appearance, and he collected the win.
The Marlins also have signed two players with previous big league experience to Minor League deals — outfielders Jorge Padilla and Alex Romero.
— Joe Frisaro