Fish Bites: Giancarlo Stanton off to a slow start

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Though nobody expected him to hit several homers throughout the first week of the season, Giancarlo Stanton has struggled at the plate early on. Plus links on Ricky Nolasco, Kyle Skipworth, and Justin Ruggiano.

- Marlins call up catcher Kyle Skipworth | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post

The Marlins have called up catcher Kyle Skipworth to replace injrued first baseman Casey Kotchman on the roster. Skipworth was the Marlins' first-round draft. Skipworth was the Marlins’ first-round draft pick in 2008, the sixth overall pick. Skipworth presumably will spell Rob Brantly and Miguel Olivo behind the plate, since Olivo could get some action at first base.

- Kotchman headed to disabled list, leaving Marlins short on... | www.palmbeachpost.com

Add first base to the list of problems the Marlins are dealing with during the first week of the season. First baseman Casey Kotchman was placed on the disabled list Friday with a strained left hamstring. "I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a team that had to have multiple first basemen,’’ Redmond said before Miami’s series finale against the Nationals.

- A glove short, 4 Miami Marlins try their hand at first base drill | www.palmbeachpost.com

First base at Citi Field was crowded with Marlins before Friday’s game as five players took ground balls during an emergency drill held by infield coach Perry Hill. Outfielder Chris Coghlan and catcher Miguel Olivo joined outfielder Austin Kearns, infielder Chris Valaika and backup first baseman Greg Dobbs about four hours before the game. "You know that’s how (tough) it has been so far when we got four guys over there and only three gloves. That’s kind of the situation we’re in,’’ manager Mike Redmond said with a laugh.

- Miami Marlins get first win behind right-hander Alex Sanabia | www.palmbeachpost.com

When the Marlins arrived in Washington last weekend to open the season, manager Mike Redmond found a bottle of champagne waiting for him in his office to open after his first win. "I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and it sure wasn’t," Redmond said after sharing a champagne toast with Marlins officials.

- Miami Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez makes debut Sunday; at 20,... | www.palmbeachpost.com

Ask Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez if he was nervous about making his major-league debut against the New York Mets, and the 20-year-old phenom recalls dodging bullets that were fired at the boat he and his family used to flee Cuba five years ago. "After that I’m not scared about anything else," he said Saturday at Citi Field, recalling his family’s defection after three unsuccessful attempts. "I’ve been in jail, I’ve been shot at, I’ve been in the water. I’m not scared to face David Wright. What can he do?"

- Stanton looks to heat up at plate | marlins.com: News

Through the Marlins' first four games, Giancarlo Stanton was 2-for-14 with seven strikeouts, but he feels healthy, and manager Mike Redmond sees the slugger heating up soon. "I'm fine," Stanton said. "I've had bad stretches before. Obviously, it's magnified more because it's the beginning. But I'm fine."

- Ruggiano, Marlins focus on playing small ball | marlins.com: News

Just a handful of games into the season, Justin Ruggiano and the Marlins understand the strengths of their lineup, and they are focused on manufacturing runs through timely hitting, smart running and emphasizing the basics."We're going to score runs," said Justin Ruggiano. "We're going to manufacture runs. I think with our team, we're going to have to start playing small ball. That's what we're going to have to do. I know we're all open to it."

- Miami Marlins at New York Mets - April 6, 2013 | MLB.com MIA Recap

Right now, the Marlins are going through their share of seventh-inning struggles. Former Marlin John Buck drove in four runs, including a sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh inning that lifted the Mets to a 7-3 victory on Saturday afternoon in front of 28,474 at Citi Field.

Around The League

- Cut 4 | raysbaseball.com: News

The internet found this screengrab of a little boy holding up a home run ball that was hit off the bat of Matt Joyce during Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game at Tropicana Field. Turns out, there is a bit more to the story.

- The members of the 2012 World Series champion Giants are set to receive their World Series rings. | MLB.com: News

The Giants will headed home from Sunday afternoon's game with some hardware, as the members of the 2012 World Series champion club received their World Series rings.

- Carlos Marmol out, Kyuji Fujikawa in as Cubs' closer | MLB.com: News

After giving up game-tying and game-winning homers Saturday, Carlos Marmol has been replaced as the Cubs' closer by Kyuji Fujikawa.

- Strained oblique forces Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman to DL | MLB.com: News

Freddie Freeman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle.

At Fish Stripes

- Houston Astros are interested in purchasing Marlins Triple-A affiliate - Fish Stripes

Astros owner Jim Crane has expressed interest in purchasing Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins PCL affiliate currently under contract through 2014.

- Miami Marlins News: Casey Kotchman to disabled list with left hamstring injury - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have lost another first baseman, as they officially placed Casey Kotchman on the disabled list with a left hamstring injury. The player expected to be promoted will be on the 40-man roster.

- Miami Marlins to platoon Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano - Fish Stripes

The early season plan in center field for the Miami Marlins is to platoon Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano until one of them grabs hold of the job. This move is a waste of Ruggiano's abilities and of the Marlins' time given Coghlan's history.

- Putting the Miami Marlins (bad) offense into context - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins offense just scored their first run last night, and their offense ranks among the bottom of the league at the start of the season. But hey, there's hope that, while this team's offense will be bad, it may not be legendarily awful.

- Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets: Marlins score runs explosion, win first game of 2013 - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins explode for five runs in the seventh inning and, along with a home run from Greg Dobbs, lead the team to an eventual 7-5 victory over the New York Mets.

- Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets: Mets come back, top Marlins 7-3 - Fish Stripes

The New York Mets climbed back from a 2-1 deficit against the Miami Marlins and dealt the Fish a 7-3 loss to tie up the series.

- Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets: Fernandez strong in debut, Marlins lose in the ninth 4-3 - Fish Stripes

Jose Fernandez was superb in his major league debut for the Miami Marlins, but the Fish stranded too many runners and Steve Cishek blew the one-run save in the ninth inning. The New York Mets win 4-3.

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