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Proctor on the mend

Veteran reliever Scott Proctor, who underwent season-ending Tommy John ligament replacement surgery six weeks ago, has been out of his cast since last Monday.

Proctor is sporting a zipper scar on his right elbow. It will be another 10 or so weeks before he starts throwing.

Formerly with the Yankees, Proctor signed with the Marlins in the offseason, but he was injured early in Spring Training, and he opened the season on the disabled list.

His goal is to be ready for Spring Training of 2010. If the Marlins are receptive, he’d like to pitch for Florida.

“I’d love to come back here,” Proctor said. “I really enjoy the guys. The coaching staff is phenomenal. The front office is outstanding. I signed here to pitch. I didn’t sign here to rehab for a year. And to show them what they signed me for, pitching-wise. That’s obviously the goal.”

Ultimately, that decision will be made in the offseason, when the Marlins evaluate their objectives for 2010, and Proctor weighs his options.

— Joe Frisaro


Proctor throws pen session

A big hurdle was cleared for Scott Proctor on Friday.

The Marlins reliever, who has been on the disabled list all season, threw a pain-free 20-pitch bullpen session at Wrigley Field in the morning, before each club took batting practice.

On the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, Proctor hasn’t thrown in a game since the beginning of Spring Training. The Marlins are hopeful he can be a big addition to the bullpen eventually this season.

“It felt like I hadn’t been on the mound in a month,” joked Proctor, who hadn’t.

Proctor remains several weeks away from being game-ready, but Friday’s mound session was a start.

Pitching coach Mark Wiley was encouraged, saying Proctor threw about five minutes. The right-hander tossed two-seam and four-seam fastballs.

The plan is to get him back on the mound on Monday, assuming there is no discomfort.  

— Joe Frisaro

Proctor set to throw

A good day for the Marlins got even better with news on Scott Proctor’s elbow.

After seeing the results of an MRI on Monday, Proctor has been cleared to begin throwing again off flat ground on Tuesday. The veteran reliever opened the season on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

To make sure there was no additional damage a follow-up MRI was taken on Monday, and it revealed that he is dealing with inflammation.

Proctor has a target date of May 1 to return. More on that will be determined by how quickly he builds up his arm strength.

Proctor projects to be a valuable setup reliever. Leo Nunez and Logan Kensing are assuming his role right now.

— Joe Frisaro


Workout in review

It was a first. For for the most part, it was a success.

For the first time, the Marlins opened their day-before-the-opener workout to the public. Admission and parking were free, and the team used it as a select-a-seat opportunity.

About 1,000 showed up, and the team plans on making this a tradition for Opening Day home games.

If you didn’t make it to the park, here is what you missed:

* Radio voice Glenn Geffner addressed the crowd and did some player interviews when players had a free few minutes during the workout.

* Jeffrey Urgelles is filling in for Pierre Arsenault as the interim bullpen coordinator. Arsenault, the lone coach remaining from the 2003 World Series title team, is dealing with a left hip condition. He is hoping to return in four to six weeks. The bullpen coordinator regularly catches pitchers warming up.

* Cody Ross raised chants of “Cody! Cody! Cody!” after he entertained the crowd by belting several home runs during his batting practice round.

* Players were very accommodating signings autographs when they could.

* Dan Uggla, who has been resting tightness in his left calf, took batting practice and he will be good to go on Monday.

* The batting order on Monday will be: Emilio Bonifacio, John Baker, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Uggla, Jeremy Hermida, Ross, Cameron Maybin and Ricky Nolasco.

* Bonifacio, hearing the “Cody! Cody! Cody!” chants, was asked when he last hit a home run. He said, in the Dominican Republic Winter League. Bonifacio has not hit an MLB homer in 192 at-bats. He had 12 homers in his Minor League career, including one in 367 at-bats for Tucson last year.

* Scott Proctor will have another test by the doctor in a day or two, and that will determine when he will be cleared to start throwing.

— Joe Frisaro

Injury updates

Dallas McPherson was back in the lineup on Thursday, seeing action as the designated hitter.

McPherson had been nursing a strained right oblique. He had five at-bats in a Triple-A game on Wednesday, and he is ready to play the field as well.

Gaby Sanchez (left knee) had three at-bats in a Minor League game on Wednesday, and he made the trip to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

Matt Lindstrom will throw off the mound for five minutes on Friday, as he recovers from a right rotator cuff strain.

Scott Proctor is in no-throw status for two more weeks as he deals with the scar tissue proble in his right elbow.

Alfredo Amezaga (left knee) was examined by the doctors on Thursday, as they decide how to begin his rehab.

— Joe Frisaro

Hanley still hurting

Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch with a right rotator cuff tendinitis. The All-Star shortstop was examined on Wednesday and his status is day-to-day.

Ramirez was initially in the lineup to play the Nationals on Wednesday night. He was slated to play shortstop and hit third.

Meanwhile, reliever Scott Proctor, who has sore elbow, was shut down from his throwing program. He has been dealing with scar tissue from surgery last October. He is not expected to be ready for Opening Day.

— Joe Frisaro

Proctor checks out OK

Some more good news for reliever Scott Proctor.

An X-ray taken on Monday came back negative, re-affirming there is no structural damage in the right-hander’s throwing elbow.

Proctor expects to pick up his throwing program on Thursday, and he is eager to get back to action.

The Marlins are counting on Proctor to be a key contributor in a late-inning setup role. He has appeared in one Grapefruit League game thus far, throwing a scoreless inning.

— Joe Frisaro

Proctor making progress

Everything checked out nicely for reliever Scott Proctor after his right elbow was examined by a team physician — Lee Kaplan — on Sunday.

Proctor is dealing with some loose scar tissue in his throwing elbow. As a precaution, he saw the team doctor on Sunday.

“It re-affirmed what we thought,” Proctor said. “We’re going to take some time off.”

Playing it extra safe, Proctor is scheduled to undergo an X-ray in a day or two. He is backing off from throwing for a few days.

His goal is to be ready by the season opener on April 6.

“It’s always a relief to hear somebody say there is nothing to be alarmed about,” Proctor said.

He will not throw to either Wednesday or Thursday.

— Joe Frisaro



Camping out Thursday

Observations from Thursday at Fort Lauderdale:

* Reliever Scott Proctor, who had surgery on his elbow last October, is experiencing a bout of scar tissue. The veteran is back in Jupiter, doing a long-toss program. The team is hopeful he will be back in games next week.

* Dallas McPherson was batting cleanup and playing third, while Gaby Sanchez was at first base on Thursday, hitting eighth.

* Don’t immediately discount Robert Andino’s chances of making the team. Because he is out of options, many believe it is a given that he won’t be on the Opening Day roster. That may not be the case, as the team is weighing whether to keep him as Hanley Ramirez’s backup.

* Keep an eye on Chris Coghlan. The third base/second base prospect is getting closer to being big league ready.

* Anibal Sanchez, who was pitching in relief on Thursday after Andrew Miller in Fort Lauderdale, will next pair up with Chris Volstad, who is pitching on Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

— Joe Frisaro