Fish Bites: Injuries Continue To Haunt Marlins

Chris Trotman

Early on in spring training, injuries have given the Miami Marlins trouble. Joe Mahoney recently got hurt, and Greg Dobbs is hoping to bounce back from an early injury. Plus links on Chone Figgins, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jose Fernandez.

-Marlins Way: When will Christian Yelich be ready? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Expectations are low for the Miami Marlins in the 2013 season as the current group of mostly recycled veterans on the down side of the their careers and youngsters getting a taste of the big leagues. When will Yelich be ready?

-2013 Marlin Maniac Miami Marlins Season Preview: Interview with Jason Collette of Baseball Prospectus - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Here is an interview with Baseball Prospectus regarding the Marlins.

-2013 Marlin Maniac #11 Prospect: SP Adam Conley - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Miami Marlins fans do not have much to look forward to during the 2013 season, but one thing Marlins can certainly look forward to is the teams future. Starter Adam Conley is a guy fans can look forward to seeing in the future.

-LAKE BUENA VISTA: Top Miami Marlins prospect Christian Yelich makes his case to stay in the majors - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

Though outfielder Christian Yelich is expected to start the season in Double A, his strong spring could rush his timetable to the majors. "He’s ready. He’s having a great spring, and he’s proved he can play at this level," hitting coach Tino Martinez gushed.

-Jose Fernandez sent to minors -- maybe for last time | Fish Bytes

Nobody could have ever guessed from the smile on his face that Jose Fernandez had just been told he was being sent to the minors. But as the Marlins' top pitching prospect cleaned out his locker, Fernandez was anything but unhappy. "They were trying to make it easy for me and I told them, 'You don't have to. It's not a big deal,'" Fernandez said. "I understand how this works. I'm fine."

-Oblique injury lands Joe Mahoney on the shelf | Fish Bytes

The injuries keep piling up for the Marlins' first basemen. Add Joe Mahoney's name to the list. Mahoney, who shares the team lead this spring with three homers, has an oblique injury that will keep him out of action indefinitely.

-Greg Stoda: Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are back at Marlins... | www.palmbeachpost.com

It was impossible not to think about the Marlins. It was impossible not to think about what might have been. Both Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez, former Marlins, were greeted with claps at Marlins Park during the World Baseball Classic

-Chone Figgins tries to win Miami Marlins roster spot, reunite... | www.palmbeachpost.com

It’s no surprise to see Juan Pierre and Chone Figgins walking into the batting cage together every day at Roger Dean Stadium. Figgins is trying to earn a roster spot and reunite with Pierre, a longtime friend. It has been that way since 1998, when their friendship first took root at a minor-league complex in Portland, Ore., after Class A practice one day. "Everybody was gone,’’ Figgins recalled. "We kind of looked at each other, and he said, ‘Want to go to the cage?’ It was dark. We flicked the lights on and it has been the same ever since.’’.

-Marlins' open roster spots remain up for grabs | marlins.com: News

As Opening Day draws near, the Marlins are not any closer to sorting out a number of open spots on the depth chart. "I think we kind of anticipated this coming in, that we were going to have a nice battle for a lot of different positions," manager Mike Redmond said. "Sitting here now, would I love to have somebody really step out in front of that utility-position role? Of course, but nobody's really stepped out in front of that. That's going to be one of those battles that might come down to one of the last days of spring."

-Marlins send top prospect Jose Fernandez to Minor League camp | marlins.com: News

Jose Fernandez, ranked No. 1 in the organization and No. 7 overall in baseball according to MLB.com's 2013 Prospect Watch, was reassigned to Minor League camp on Wednesday afternoon after just one official Grapefruit League appearance. "I'm pretty confident, and I think I can pitch in the big leagues today," Fernandez said. "That's my personal opinion. Maybe I'm not ready, but that's how I feel. I feel, at the same time, I've got to learn and I've got to do a lot of stuff that's going to help me be more successful in the big leagues, but I think I will. That's why I'm going down to put my work in."

-Nathan Eovaldi limits Braves, while Marlins' bats quiet | marlins.com: News

Kris Medlen and Nathan Eovaldi each turned in strong outings before the Braves pulled out a 2-1 victory against the Marlins under the lights on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Around The League

-The Braves fight to reclaim baseball's best division. | SportsonEarth.com : Emma Span Article

The NL East is set to dethrone the AL East for the title of "Toughest Division In Baseball." What's most unusual is not that the Braves are expected to be contenders, but that they're expected to be good but are not favored thanks to their new rivals in Washington.

-Dodgers hope plasma injection benefits Greinke | dodgers.com: News

The Dodgers are hoping the platelet-rich plasma injection that seemed to help Chad Billingsley and Takashi Saito in the past will benefit Zack Greinke's sore elbow.

-Leyland taking time with outfield, 'pen evaluation | tigers.com: News

With 18 days remaining until Opening Day, Tigers manager Jim Leyland expects certain jobs to come down to the wire. Outfield and bullpen positions are still up in the air.

-After pitching BP, Hughes expresses optimism | yankees.com: News

Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes threw 26 pitches in a batting-practice session on Thursday and said that he believes it is still possible to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

At Fish Stripes

-When Should Miami Marlins Top Prospect Jose Fernandez Debut? - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins sent top prospect Jose Fernandez to minor league camp despite a decent performance in spring training. When should he debut in Marlins colors?

-2013 Miami Marlins Season Preview: Right Field - Fish Stripes

The moment we have all been waiting for is here, Miami Marlins fans. Today, we preview the one, the only, the monster masher himself, Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton.

-Fish Stripes 2013 Top Marlins Prospects: #10 Adam Conley - Fish Stripes

Adam Conley, a lefty who spent last year at Greensboro and Jupiter, is Fish Stripes 2013 tenth overall Miami Marlins prospect.

-2013 Miami Marlins Season Preview: Giancarlo Stanton and the Projected Home Run Race - Fish Stripes

Giancarlo Stanton is an elite power hitter with an excellent chance at hitting 40 home runs. But will he win the home run race in 2013? We ask the projection systems to find out.

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