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Dominguez sent to Minor League camp

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins third base job is wide open.

On Thursday morning, the team announced that prospect Matt Dominguez has been reassigned to Minor League camp.

Dominguez, the 21-year-old prospect, has struggled at the plate, hitting .190 (8-for-42) with a .292 on base percentage.

The Marlins made five other moves on Thursday, reassigning to Minor League camp — Josh Kroeger, Frank Mata, Joe Thurston and Ruben Gotay. After the game, they sent lefty reliever Victor Garate down.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he will give Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio most of the work at third base, and there could be a bit of a platoon situation.

Bonifacio also may be in center field because Chris Coghlan’s right shoulder is a concern.

Rodriguez repeated that he is not going to move second baseman Omar Infante to third base.

The roster is down to 31.

The team also may be trying to explore trade options, but the asking price is higher than they may be willing to part with.

In another move, outfielder John Raynor, who was sent down a few days ago, asked for and received his release from the organization.

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Castillo not likely an option for Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Chances of Luis Castillo returning to the Marlins are remote.

The club hasn’t completely closed the door on the idea. But the Marlins are not in hot pursuit of the former All-Star second baseman.

The Marlins have had internal discussions regarding the 35-year-old, who was recently released by the Mets.

With his career in decline, the Marlins aren’t sure Castillo would be an upgrade.

Still, Castillo promises to attract interest on the open market, which should begin on Sunday after he clears waivers. The Phillies could be among the teams making a push.

Castillo is one of the most popular and productive Marlins in history. During Florida’s 2003 World Series championship season, the switch-hitting second baseman was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner.

Over the past few days, Marlins officials have been discussing if Castillo made sense to play second base should third base prospect Matt Dominguez not make the Opening Day roster.

Omar Infante is slated to play second base for Florida, and he could switch to third if Dominguez is sent to Triple-A.

Emilio Bonifacio is a candidate to play second base if Infante does go to third.

If Dominguez doesn’t make the club out of Spring Training, the Marlins have some internal candidates — Infante, Wes Helms, Bonifacio and Greg Dobbs.

The season opens on April 1, and at this point, the Marlins are not actively searching for a third baseman on the trade market.

The Marlins have their scouts visiting camps in Florida and Arizona, but they aren’t necessarily looking to make a move for a third baseman.

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Marlins-Mets lineups

JUPITER, Fla. — Anibal Sanchez was back on the mound on Sunday after the right-hander missed one start due to a right shin contusion.

Sanchez and the Marlins face the Mets, who are starting Chris Young.

Because the Marlins don’t want Sanchez to bat as his shin recovers, the team will use the designated hitter. The Mets, meanwhile, will have the pitcher batting.

The game will be aired on 790 The Ticket, and televised on Fox Sports Florida.

METS

1) Willie Harris, LF
2) Luis Hernandez, SS
3) Scott Hairston, CF
4) Ike Davis, 1B
5) Nick Evans, 3B
6) Lucas Duda, RF
7) Brad Emaus, 2B
8) Ronny Paulino, C
9) Chris Young, P

MARLINS

1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, C
7) Wes Helms, DH
8) Matt Dominguez, 3B
9) Dewayne Wise, RF

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Manny in lineup vs. Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Manny Ramirez is among the Rays regulars on the travel roster to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins look to snap their eight-game Grapefruit League losing streak. Chris Volstad takes the mound for Florida, while Tampa Bay is going with Cory Wade.

RAYS

1) John Jaso, C
2) Elliot Johnson, CF
3) Manny Ramirez, DH
4) Matt Joyce, RF
5) Felipe Lopez, 3B
6) Casey Kotchman, 1B
7) Sean Rodriguez, 2B
8) Reid Brignac, SS
9) Sam Fuld, LF

MARLINS

1) Chris Coghlan, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5) Logan Morrison, LF
6) John Buck, C
7) Wes Helms, DH
8) Matt Dominguez, 3B
9) Emilio Bonifacio, RF

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Has Dominguez secured a spot?

So far, so good for Matt Dominguez.

The 21-year-old, who is looking to bypass Triple-A and jump from Double-A to the big leagues, is currently passing the audition in terms of winning the Marlins’ third base job. If the season opened today, Dominguez would be in the starting lineup.
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A first-round pick in 2007, Dominguez has lived up to the billing in the field. He is playing third base at a high level, which improves the overall infield defense. The plan is to keep Omar Infante at second base, and Dominguez makes that possible.

What the Marlins really have been looking at is Dominguez’s hitting. A good sign is, at the plate, he hasn’t been overmatched. In his first 11 Grapefruit League games, he’s hit a respectable .269 with two homers and 10 RBIs. He’s seeing pitches, and stringing together quality at-bats.

Another factor — and this also is telling — is body language. In that regard, Dominguez also is handling himself well. Not in a cocky way, but the California native is walking and acting like he belongs.

As an organization, the Marlins are looking at everything before they make their final decision.

There also are indications the Marlins are planning on breaking camp with Dominguez at third base.

With that said, these final 2 1/2 weeks are crucial for Dominguez. As Opening Day approaches, so does the intensity level, especially from veteran players.

Pitchers, who spent the first half of camp working on things, start to game plan. It still remains to be seen if Dominguez will be able to handle the breaking and off-speed pitches.

It’s easy to be deceived in Spring Training, and the Marlins’ front office will be carefully watching to make sure Dominguez isn’t rushed too fast. As an organization, there is the danger of demoralizing a young player.

If the team decides Dominguez needs some Triple-A seasoning, Donnie Murphy, Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs are options to fill in at third. Or the club could explore a trade.

So while Dominguez may be earmarked to be the third baseman today, these next few weeks will ultimately decide if he wins the job.

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Short takes from Sunday

JUPITER, Fla. — Ricky Nolasco will make his first Spring Training start on Sunday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Grapefruit League game is set to start at 1:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MLB.TV and it is the first of four games being aired by Fox Sports Florida.
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Before the game, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met briefly with the beat writers to preview the day.

Nolasco is expected to throw about 55-60 pitches, or three innings. If all goes well, he remains on pace to be the No. 2 starter behind Josh Johnson.

The Marlins open on April 1 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium. Nolasco is on pace to pitch on April 2.

Worth noting:

* Anibal Sanchez threw his bullpen session on Saturday, and all went well with his bruised right shin/calf area. Sanchez was struck by a comeback grounder on Thursday. Initially, he was supposed to test the leg on Sunday, but he threw on Saturday instead.

Sanchez has been cleared to start against the Rays on Tuesday in Port Charlotte. If for some reason he can’t make the start, Sean West is a likely fallback option. But the team fully expects Sanchez to be ready to go.

* Mike Stanton did some light running with the team on Sunday morning. He still isn’t pushing his strained right quad. The hope is Stanton can be used as a designated hitter later this week in Minor League games. Rodriguez is hopeful Stanton can play in Grapefruit League games the final week of Spring Training. So it may be doubtful the 21-year-old is playing with the big league club before March 26.

* Wes Helms (sore shoulder) is available to be a designated hitter, but he isn’t doing much throwing.

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Coghlan DH vs. Mets

As expected, Chris Coghlan is back in the lineup, batting leadoff against the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said on Wednesday that he planned on using Coghlan as the designated hitter on Thursday and then in center field on Friday, when Florida faces the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Anibal Sanchez will get the start for the Marlins in the 1:05 p.m. contest.

MARLINS

1) Coghlan, DH

2) Bonifacio, 2B

3) G. Sanchez, 1B

4) Helms, 3B

5) Lubanski, LF

6) Petersen, CF

7) Torres, RF

8) Hayes, C

9) Martinez, SS

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Coghlan scratched from lineup

Chris Coghlan was scratched shortly before the start of the Marlins-Nationals game at 1:05 p.m. game at Roger Dean Stadium.

Coghlan, who is recovering from surgery to his left knee, was initially set to lead off and be the designated hitter. Dewayne Wise started in center field, and John Baker was added as the designated hitter.

Javier Vazquez gets the start for Florida. Jason Marquis is pitching for Washington.

NATIONALS

1) Roger Bernardina, CF
2) Danny Espinosa, 2B
3) Laynce Nix, RF
4) Adam LaRoche, 1B
5) Michael Morse, LF
6) Matt Stairs, DH
7) Ivan Rodriguez, C
8) Alex Cora, SS
9) Alberto Gonzalez, 3B

MARLINS

1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Logan Morrison, LF
5) John Buck, C
6) Wes Helms, 1B
7) John Baker, DH
8) Scott Cousins, RF
9) Matt Dominguez, 3B

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JJ to get first Spring swings

There will be no designated hitter in Monday’s Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium. So that means, Josh Johnson will be taking his first swings of Spring Training.

The Marlins are starting Johnson, and looking to throw him three or four innings. Atlanta is countering with Tim Hudson in the 1:05 p.m. ET start.

Before Johnson was shut down last year due to a back injury and sore right shoulder, he was instructed only to swing the bat when necessary. So frequently, he would take pitches rather than risk tweaking his back.

The Marlins pitchers have been hitting in the cages of late.

Monday is an exception on the Marlins’ pitchers hitting. The team plans on having them hit regularly beginning on March 22.

Marlins lineup:

1) Chris Coghlan, CF

2) Omar Infante, 2B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) John Buck, C

5) Logan Morrison, LF

6) Wes Helms, 1B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Donnie Murphy, 3B

9) Josh Johnson, P

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JJ to throw three innings

VIERA, Fla. — Marlins ace Josh Johnson, who will pitch in the April 1 season opener, is expected to throw three innings or around 55 pitches on Wednesday against the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

Greg Dobbs was supposed to be the designated hitter, but he was scratched because of a sore knee. Dobbs was shaken up on Tuesday when he had a collision at first base. He should be fine.

The Nationals are starting lefty John Lannan.

MARLINS

1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Dewayne Wise, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

5) John Buck, C

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Bryan Petersen, LF

9) John Raynor, DH

NATIONALS

1) Roger Bernadina, CF

2) Rick Ankiel, LF

3) Laynce Nix, RF

4) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5) Adam LaRoche, DH

6) Jesus Flores, C

7) Jerry Hairston, 2B

8) Alex Cora, SS

9) Michael Aubrey, 1B

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