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March 23, 2009

Tankersley Optioned

           KISSIMMEE -- The Marlins optioned reliever Taylor Tankersley after the left-hander had another poor outing, allowing four earned runs while recording only one out against the Houston Astros.

           "We've got to get him fixed," said manager Fredi Gonzalez.

          Tankerlsey, who has given up 15 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings (20.25 ERA) this spring, was optioned to Triple A New Orleans.

          "I've  been trying to get back to my old self and I haven't found it yet," Tankersley said after being told of his demotion "The results don't help your confidence."

          The Marlins are now looking at three southpaws to fill two bullpen spots for left-handers. Renyel Pinto is all but assured of one receiving one of them. Dan Meyer and John Koronka are battling for the other spot. 




What To Watch (Game), What To Watch (Stadium Decision)

      KISSIMMEE -- If you've got the afternoon to kill, here are a couple of options worth checking out:

      1) Marlins/Astros is being televised on FSN Florida. Why they would choose this particular game, on a Monday for gosh sake, nobody seems to know. But you can see Tommy Hutton and Astros play-by-play man Bill Brown hook up for the call. One update: the tarp is out as the stadium crew here expects a "small" storm cell to pass over in a few minutes. So prepare for a delay.

      2) The Miami-Dade County Commission decides the fate of the Marlins proposed ballpark in Little Havana, and I believe you can catch all the live action right here.

Damp Day in Kissimmee

               KISSIMMEE -- Wet conditions here at Osceola County Stadium, but the tarp is off and it appears they'll play this one today.

              Hanley Ramirez made the trip and will be playing shortstop.

              Here's the lineup the Marlins will be sending out against the Houston Astros:

              1. John Raynor, cf; 2. John Baker, c; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Wes Helms, 1b; 5. Jeremy Hermida, lf; 6. Cody Ross, rf; 7. Chris Coghlan, 2b; 8. Andy Gonzalez, 3b; 9. Josh Johnson. p

March 22, 2009

Hitless in Lakeland


      LAKELAND -- Can't emphasize enough how impressive Ricky Nolasco was on the mound for the Marlins this afternoon. Yeah, yeah. It was spring training and the Tigers sent out a lineup minus a bevy of stars (Cabrera, Ordonez, Guillen and Granderson) tied up with the World Baseball Classic. But, my.....

      Nolasco walked the first hitter he faced Sunday and hit another batter down around the ankles in the second inning. But that was IT. And I'm telling you, the Tigers didn't come close to a hit the seven innings that Nolasco worked. Dan Meyer and Leo Nunez closed out the no-hitter. That would be five by the unofficial count for the Marlins to go with the four bonafide ones belonging to Leiter, Brown, Burnett and Sanchez.

      Nobody I spoke with could remember the last time they'd seen a spring training no hitter. I was able to find mention of one Google-style, by the Mets (of all teams) in 1965. Pitcher named Gary Kroll (pictured) was involved in that one, apparently. What makes that particular no-no so interesting is that the Mets have gone their entire franchise history without an official, regular-season no-hitter.

      Anyone know of any other spring training no-hitters that I'm missing?

Marlins No-Hit Tigers

            LAKELAND -- Ricky Nolasco and two Marlins relievers combined on a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

            The Tigers managed only three baserunners, two of which were erased on double plays, as the three Marlins pitchers combined to face one more than the minimum 27 batters.

            Nolasco, who will likely be the Marlins' Opening Day starter, struck out seven, issued a walk, and hit a batter during his 7-inning performance.

            Dan Meyer and Leo Nunez pitched the last two innings for the Marlins to complete the no-hitter.

            The Tigers have not been no-hit in a regular-season game since Randy Johnson did it to them in 1990. The Tigers lineup was minur four regulars involved in the World Baseball Classic: Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen.

            The Marlins have had four pitchers throw regular-season no-hitters: Kevin Brown, Al Leiter, A.J. Burnett and Anibal Sanchez.

No No Nolasco

         LAKELAND -- Sure, the Detroit Tigers are anxiously awaiting the return of Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Curtis Granderson from the World Baseball Classic.

         But, my goodness.

         Ricky Nolasco was simply brilliant on Sunday. Not only didn't Nolasco give up a base hit during his 7-inning outing at Joker Marchant Stadium, but the only two baserunners he allowed  -- one on a walk and the other on a hit batter -- were erased on double plays. He faced the minimum 21 batters and whiffed seven.

         It's all but official that Nolasco will be the Marlins' Opening Day starter on April 6, and he already looks to be in mid-season form.


Treanor's Marlins Divorce Was Testy


            LAKELAND -- On the day in December that Matt Treanor was released, ending his 11-year relationship with the Marlins organization, he was informed of the decision not by a club official, but by Palm Beach Post sportswriter Joe Capozzi.

            As a result, Treanor was more than a little unhappy when Larry Beinfest eventually called with official word 30 minutes later.

           "Yeah, I was upset," Treanor said when we caught up with him today inside the Detroit Tigers clubhouse. "I wasn't doing jumping jacks. There were a lot of different reasons why I was upset. Longest tenured player. I had been there for all three ownerships."

           And Treanor said he didn't know he was on the outs with the team until Dec. 10, when the Marlins contacted his agent about a non-guaranteed contract with the possible intent to then trade him to the Baltimore Orioles.

          "There was nothing put in my court until the day of the 10th, and that's the day I was released," Treanor said. "The next thing I know, I was looking for a job. I don't think the Marlins had any intention of keeping me."

         On the night of the 10th, Treanor was having dinner in Honolulu on the last night of his vacation with wife Misty May-Treanor and other family members. That's when received the phone call from the reporter informing him of his release.

         "We were supposed to be having this nice dinner to end our vacation and I'm in and out of the restaurant, and not with the smiling face I was supposed to be having," Treanor said.

        Ultimately, the Tigers signed Treanor to a 1-year deal worth $750,000.


March 20, 2009

Dallas McPherson Out With Oblique Injury

             KISSIMMEE -- The walking wounded on the Marlins gained a new member. Third baseman Dallas McPherson, who was scheduled to make the trip for today's game against the Braves, remained behind in Jupiter due to tightness in his right oblique.


            -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he expected shortstop Hanley Ramirez would be in the lineup and at shortstop for Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

           -- First baseman Gaby Sanchez (bruised knee) is expected to make the trip to Lakeland on Sunday to face the Detroit Tigers.

           -- Jorge Cantu is starting at first base today.

March 18, 2009

Hanley Ramirez Injury Update

              The Marlins are reporting that shortstop Hanley Ramirez has right shoulder tendinitis and is day-to-day.

              Ramirez saw a doctor on Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

Ramirez (Shoulder) Scratched Again; Proctor (Elbow) Shut Down

           VIERA -- The injury report for the Marlins continues to grow more ominous. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez did not make the trip to Viera and was scheduled to have a doctor exam his sore right shoulder in Jupiter. Meanwhile, manager Fredi Gonzalez said they have shut down right-handed reliever Scott Proctor, who continues to experience discomfort in his surgically repaired right elbow.

           Ramirez has not played since Saturday when he was used as a designated hitter in Fort Myers. Gonzalez said the team's All-Star shortstop took ground balls on Sunday and was scheduled to make the trip to Viera for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

           But Gonzalez said Ramirez told him at 2:20 p.m., about 10 minutes before the team bus left Jupiter, that he didn't feel like he could play. The Marlins immediately set up an appointment for Ramirez to see a doctor.

           "We want to make sure it's nothing serious," Gonzalez said. "I can't give you much information because we found at 2:20 and were leaving at 2:30. He came over and said I'm not feeling real good. Usually it's the other way around. He wants to go in and play."

           Proctor had been throwing flat ground for the past couple of weeks after trainers detected loose scar tissue associated with his elbow surgery last fall. Gonzalez said there is a strong chance Proctor won't be available for the start of the season on April 6. He said Proctor would not throw for the next several days.

          The Marlins are also without the services of Alfredo Amezaga, who has a sprained left knee, and closer Matt Lindstrom, who is on no-throw status with a strained right shoulder.

          "It seems that's the way it goes," Gonzalez said. "We haven't had anything. All of a sudden, one week -- bam -- you've got three or four guys (hurt)."