As first basemen Logan Morrison and Joe Mahoney moved closer to rejoining the Marlins by beginning their minor-league injury-rehab assignments this week in Jupiter, the team continued to search for run production from corner positions that traditionally provide it.
David Aardsma saw that he had no future in the Marlins bullpen, so he exercised his opt-out clause. Aardsma posted a 2.57 ERA with 12 strikeouts and eight walks in 14 innings of work for Triple-A New Orleans. He signed with the Mets earlier today and will pitch in Triple-A Las Vegas for the Mets.
When Marlins manager Mike Redmond finished his injury update before batting practice Tuesday, he smiled. On Wednesday, slugger Giancarlo Stanton took live batting practice at Marlins Park for the first time since straining his right hamstring on April 30. Redmond tossed the BP session and said Stanton was swinging the bat well. "He looked good," Redmond said, "like he was feeling all right. I didn’t ask him afterwards; I’m just going off the results. He was hitting them out. It’s another encouraging sign that he’s a little closer to being back on the field."
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday that he didn't see pitcher Alex Sanabia spit on a baseball on Monday night -- but first base umpire Joe West did. According to Redmond, West didn't say anything but tossed that ball out of play. Redmond doesn't expect anything to happen to Sanabia since West didn't even mention it.
How much fun would it have been had the Marlins gone to the south side of Chicago this weekend with Ozzie Guillen still managing? Guillen, fired after one season with the Marlins, managed the White Sox for eight colorful seasons in which he won a World Series but also openly feuded with members of the media as well as players and front office staff.
Steve Cishek may have five saves in six chances this season, but the sidearmer is no longer the Marlins’ lone closer. Manager Mike Redmond said following the Marlins’ 5-1 win against Philadelphia on Monday night that Cishek will begin sharing those duties with right-hander Chad Qualls and left-hander Mike Dunn.
Outfielder Matt Diaz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee bone bruise today (retroactive to Sunday), becoming the 11th Marlins player on the DL. Miami called up Jordan Brown from Class AAA New Orleans. The Marlins have had 13 different players serve 14 stints on the DL this year.
Steve Cishek understands there is little job security for closers. The right-hander struggled in the role, especially against left-handed hitters, which led to the Marlins deciding to close by matchups.
The Marlins will counter with righty Tom Koehler, who has put together consecutive promising starts since joining the rotation on May 12, although he does not have a win to show for it. The 26-year-old has given up a total of three runs, including one in six innings against the D-backs on Saturday, when he struck out seven. Koehler, whose first six appearances came in relief, said starting is more methodical than pitching out of the bullpen.
The Marlins lost potentially more than a game in a 3-0 defeat against the Phillies on Wednesday night in front of 15,520 at Marlins Park. Miami starter Kevin Slowey left the contest after five innings with a left lat strain in his lower back. He exited shortly after going out to warm up before the top of the sixth.
At last, Logan Morrison is feeling like his game is on solid footing. It's been a long, laborious process for the 25-year-old Marlins first baseman, who is battling back from a surgically-repaired right knee. But after opening the season on the 60-day disabled list and undergoing weeks of recuperating, Morrison is getting closer to returning to the big leagues. All the weeks of treatment and recuperating, the hours spent jogging on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting in cages are starting to pay off.
Every day since Spring Training, Marlins infield coach Perry Hill goes through the fundamentals of playing first base. Hill teaches everything from positioning to how to hold a runner on. Whether it's responsibilities on relays or how to catch a throw, it's a "whole different ballgame" for many of the guys.
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Catcher Jesus Montero, one of the expected building blocks of the Mariners' future, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday as the club looks to spark some change in the wake of a six-game losing streak.
Nate McLouth flipped into the stands as he made a spectacular catch down the left-field line, and he was nearly hit by a drink thrown by a fan after the play was ruled an out.
The Phillies announced that Chase Utley, who felt a burning sensation on his right side when taking swings during batting practice Monday in Miami, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with what they have called a "very mild" Grade 1 strained oblique. He is eligible to be activated June 5.
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Terry Francona's time managing the Red Sox was good, bad and everything in between. Making his first appearance at Fenway Park as a visiting manager on Thursday, Francona preferred to soak in the warm welcome and remember the good times.
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While Miami has one of the worst records in baseball, Marlins fans should not despair. There is a wealth of talent in the minor leagues, and they are performing well through the first two months of baseball.
New Orleans shutout a potent River Cats offense, Austin Nola doubled and tripled, and Jesus Solorzano reached base three times.
Giancarlo Stanton is taking batting practice and resuming baseball activities, and he is exactly what the Marlins' anemic offense needs right now.
The 2013 Miami Marlins have started very similarly to the 2006 Florida Marlins. But while one post-fire sale team succeeded, the other is still doomed for a difficult season ahead.