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Wise in center vs. Mets

JUPITER, Fla. — Chris Coghlan has been playing center field in Minor League games, but the Marlins are not quite ready to put him in Grapefruit League action.

So Dewayne Wise, who is looking to make the club as a non-roster invitee, is getting the start in center field.

The Marlins may be leaning towards keeping Coghlan out of Grapefruit League games, because it could impact a retroactive date should the team place him on the disabled list to start the season.

Players can appear in Minor League games, but if they are in either a Grapefruit or Cactus league game after March 22, they are not eligible to be placed on the season retroactive. So should Coghlan, or any other Marlin, go on the DL retroactive to March 22, they would be eligible to play on April 7, or after the first six days of the season.

Wise has enjoyed a solid spring. Greg Dobbs, who is a frontrunner to make the team as a left-handed bat off the bench, is getting the start on Thursday at third base.


1) Willie Harris, CF
2) Chin-lung Hu, 3B
3) Daniel Murphy, 2B
4) Ike Davis, 1B
5) Nick Evans, LF
6) Lucas Duda, RF
7) Josh Thole, C
8) Luis Hernandez, SS
9) D.J. Carrasco, P


1) Dewayne Wise, CF
2) Omar Infante, 2B
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Mike Stanton, RF
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Logan Morrison, LF
7) Greg Dobbs, 3B
8) Brett Hayes, C
9) Anibal Sanchez, P

Joe Frisaro

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.


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


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

Joe Frisaro

Coghlan confident numbers will rise

Eclipsing the “Mendoza Line” is only the first step for Chris Coghlan. By no means is it his last step.

For that matter, the level-headed Marlins outfielder isn’t paying much attention right now to the fact he now is batting better than .200. After going 3-for-4 at Washington on Sunday, Coghlan raised his average to .206. It was the first time he finished a game batting higher than .200 since April 10, which was the fourth game of the season.

cogzchris1.jpgAfter batting .321 as a rookie in 2009, Coghlan’s aim at the plate is much higher.

“Hitting .210 or .190 makes no difference to me,” Coghlan said. “I don’t feel any more pumped up or any more down on either one. It’s not where I’m going to be at the end of the year.”

History certainly tells us that Coghlan should finish up in the neighborhood of .300. At every level, he has hit for a high average.

In 1,115 Minor League at-bats, he was a career .298 hitter. The only time in his developmental pro years that he didn’t sniff .300 at a Minor League level was when he hit .200 in 34 games with Class A Jupiter. That same season, he batted .320 at low Class A Greensboro.

Of late, even though Coghlan didn’t have much success in terms of logging hits, he has hit the ball well for a while. On Saturday at Washington, he was robbed of an extra-base hit on a diving catch in right field by Washington’s Willie Harris.

On Sunday, he would have had a fourth hit, if not a quick glove reaction by Nationals’ pitcher Livan Hernandez, who deflected a grounder that went to second, and Coghlan was thrown out.

“I feel the same that I did the last couple of weeks, except some of the balls [on Sunday] went through,” Coghlan said. “You can’t measure your performance all the time on how many hits you get, otherwise you’re going to go crazy with the failures. You fail so many times. I don’t go up there thinking, ‘Oh, if I get two hits, good. If I don’t get two hits, [oh no]. If I did that, I’d go crazy over 600 at-bats.”

— Joe Frisaro


Nunez's new approach

Opponents have detected a pattern with Leo Nunez.

Scouting reports are out, and teams seem to be sitting on first-pitch fastballs. That was the case in the Marlins’ 5-4 loss to the Nationals on Sunday.

Nunez entered in the ninth inning trying to preserve a two-run lead. But the inning started off with Willie Harris teeing off on a first-pitch fastball. The end result was an upper-deck home run to right field.

Cristian Guzman followed with a first-pitch approach. The only pitch Guzman saw he swatted for an infield single. Ryan Zimmerman delivered a two-run, walk-off homer, but it came on Nunez’s third pitch.

On Sept. 2, Nunez also surrendered a home run on his first pitch of the ninth inning. That game, Yunel Escobar sat first-pitch fastball and connected.

“The last few games I feel like they’ve been timing up that first-pitch fastball,” Nunez said through a translater. “In these next games, I have in my mind to vary my pitches a little more.”

In July at San Diego, Kyle Blanks of the Padres opened the ninth inning by homering on Nunez’s first-pitch fastball.

“I feel like it’s been the last three games or so they’ve been jumping on that first pitch,” the Marlins closer said. “But I still have to come in there and challenge guys.”

— Joe Frisaro