Fish Bites: Miami Marlins struggling in May

Al Messerschmidt

Following a season during which they performed well in May, the Miami Marlins have struggled in the month of May. Plus links on Marcell Ozuna, Ed Lucas, and Alex Sanabia.

-CHICAGO: Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan comfortable again - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

Four years after winning the National League Rookie of the Year award and three since blowing out his knee in a shaving cream pie celebration, Chris Coghlan is starting to perk up at the plate. "I had to work my way back, there’s no doubt," said Coghlan, who is enjoying his first .300-or- better month at the plate since June 2010, right before he wrecked his knee in a postgame celebration.

-ST. PETERSBURG: Miami Marlins’ Mike Redmond concedes risks of an inexperienced lineup - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

When he was hired to manage the Marlins after spending the past two seasons in the low minors, Mike Redmond probably figured his days of watching inexperienced players making a raft of mental miscues were behind him. Not so. On Monday, the Marlins made more gaffes than some teams make in a week. "Part of the learning process, unfortunately, is making mistakes," Redmond said. "The test for us is can we make mistakes and learn from them?"

Ed Lucas gets call from Miami Marlins after 10 years in minors - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
After 10 years of playing in the minor leagues, veteran utility man Ed Lucas finally got the call up he had been hoping for Tuesday when the Marlins designated infielder Nick Green for assignment and selected the contract of Lucas, 31, from Triple A New Orleans. Lucas, a former eighth-round pick of the Royals and the oldest player in the Marlins organization who had yet to play at the big-league level, is expected to be used all over the field while the Marlins wait for several of their injured players to return.

-Alex Sanabia headed to DL | Fish Bytes

Alex Sanabia injured his groin Sunday and told reporters afterward he's headed to the disabled list, where he'll find plenty of company. The Marlins already have 11 players on the DL. Sanabia said he felt the injury early on in Sunday's outing but remained on the mound to spare the bullpen. Sanabia is not scheduled to pitch again until Friday against the Mets, and it appears they'll plug his spot in the rotation with either Duane Below or Wade LeBlanc since there are indications the Marlins plan to call up left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from Triple A New Orleans.

-A 20-loss month for Miami Marlins, and May not over | Fish Bytes

Could it get any worse for the Marlins? Well, as a matter of fact, it could. The Marlins return home from their dismal road trip with a record of 5-20 for the month. It's only the sixth time in the history of the franchise that they've lost that many in one calendar month.

-Nathan Eovaldi could join Miami Marlins rotation week of June 9 | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will make his second rehab start for Class A Jupiter on Thursday. His next start after that will probably be with Class AA Jacksonville next Tuesday. After his start in Jacksonville, the Marlins will discuss whether to continue the rehab stint or bring him back.

-Despite rough outing, Maddon impressed by Fernandez | marlins.com: News

When Jose Fernandez faced the Rays on Monday at Tropicana Field, the 20-year-old rookie endured arguably his worst outing in 10 big league starts. In 3 1/3 innings, the right-hander was tagged for seven runs (four earned) in a 10-6 Marlins' loss. While the numbers weren't pretty, Fernandez left a strong first impression with Rays manager Joe Maddon. "That guy there, with good health, over the next three, four, five years, whatever -- could be the best pitcher in the game," Maddon said. "That's it. That's how good he is."

-Marlins join in the 'Live Like Bella' campaign | marlins.com: News

The inspiring story of a young girl's battle with cancer reached Marlins Park on Wednesday. The organization paid tribute to the courage and spirit of Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who passed away on Tuesday at age 10 after a six-year bout with cancer. To honor her memory, the Marlins hung a jersey with #LiveLikeBella on it in their dugout before they faced the Rays at Marlins Park. Bella's bout with the disease made news and prompted Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to recognize her determination during the NBA playoffs.

-Ozuna already making history with Marlins | marlins.com: News

n the big leagues for only a month, Marcell Ozuna is already making a historical presence for the Marlins. The 22-year-old right fielder is riding a 14-game hitting streak after his infield single in the fourth inning on Wednesday -- one of only three hits the Marlins had in a 3-1 loss to the Rays.

Around The League

-Cards option Blazek to make room for Wacha | cardinals.com: News

The Cardinals optioned Michael Blazek to Triple-A on Thursday in order to make room for starter Michael Wacha to be added to the club's 25-man roster to debut vs. the Royals.

-Yankees will 'sign' and honor Hideki Matsui on July 28 | MLB.com: News

Hideki Matsui will ink a one-day Minor League deal on July 28 and retire as a Yankee before being honored in a pregame ceremony.

-Royals name Hall of Famer George Brett interim hitting coach | MLB.com: News

Hall of Famer George Brett is returning to the dugout as the Royals' interim hitting coach, with Pedro Grifol also joining Kansas City's coaching staff as a special assignment coach, the club announced on Thursday.

-Jonathan Gray, Mark Appel still look like top two picks in MLB First-Year Player Draft | MLB.com: News

Teams have narrowed their focus a bit, but as they head into meetings and set up their boards for the June 6-8 First-Year Player Draft, there are still so many permutations of how things could unfold.

At Fish Stripes

-2013 MLB Draft: D.J. Peterson, potential Marlins first-round pick profile - Fish Stripes
New Mexico infielder D.J. Peterson may not be the "best player available" when the Marlins make the sixth overall selection in the upcoming Amateur Draft, but could he be the right pick anyways?

The so-called resurgence of Chris Coghlan - Fish Stripes
Chris Coghlan has quietly had an excellent month, leading to talk of his resurgence after three struggling campaigns after his Rookie of the Year season. But maybe we should hold our horses on that hype.

Is the future bleak for Rob Brantly as a Miami Marlin? - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins catcher Rob Brantly has struggled thus far in 2013. Are his major league days numbered?

-Are Marlins desperate enough to call up Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick? - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins may need help in the majors, but would they be so desperate and reckless as to bring up both Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick for extended time this season?

-Miami Marlins prospects: Brian Flynn has been much better than his traditional numbers suggest - Fish Stripes

Marlins Prospect Brian Flynn has been having an outstanding season in Triple-A, despite having a not-so impressive ERA.

-Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: May 29 - Fish Stripes

Yordy Cabrera hit a grand slam, helping power Greensboro to a blowout victory over West Virginia. Meanwhile, Jose Urena allowed five earned runs in three innings pitched.

Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Marlins squander opportunities, lose 5-2 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins had an opportunity in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, but the Rays' offense pulled away behind a spectacular start by Alex Colome. The Rays beat the Heat 5-2.

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