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March 08, 2009

Proctor relieved after seeing doctor

Right-hand reliever Scott Proctor, who has been shut down because of some discomfort from scar tissue, said it was a “relief” after meeting with a team doctor Sunday.

“He just reinforced everything we had talked about before,’’ said Proctor, who had elbow surgery in October. “He said it’s just inflamed. It’s not surprising. It’s something that was expected. He said I was probably trying to do too much (to get back), and that it was nothing to be alarmed about.

“It’s always a relief to have someone tell you there’s nothing to be alarmed about,’’ he said. ““I’ll be shut down for another day and probably start throwing again Wednesday or Thursday. They plan on taking an X-ray (Monday or Tuesday).

"I 'm not worried about dates. My main focus is April 6 (Opening Day),'' he said. "Every day is Ground Hog Day to me.''


Helms leaps, avoids collision with Pujols

Wes Helms made the play of the day – week and possibly the month – Sunday afternoon when he leaped over Albert Pujols while trying to beat the throw to first.

With a runner at first Helms hit a hard grounder to third and the Cards tried to turn a 5-4-3 double play. Skip Schumaker’s throw to first was low and as Pujols stretched down Helms arrived at first.

It could have been a nasty collision at first, but Helms, remember he will be 33 in May, jumped over Pujols. It appeared as if Helms’ spike caught Pujols in the head, but Pujols remained in the game.

Today's lineup



Alejandro De Aza CF

John Baker C

Jeremy Hermida LF

Wes Helms 3B

Dan Uggla 2B

Cody Ross RF

Gaby Sanchez 1B

Logan Morrison DH

Manny Mayorson SS

Ricky Nolasco P


Skip Schumaker 2B

Brendan Ryan 3B

Albert Pujols 1B

Rick Ankiel DH

Chris Duncan LF

Khalil Greene SS

Joe Thurston RF

Jason LaRue C

Colby Rasmus CF

Adam Wainwright P

March 07, 2009

Proctor to see doctor

Right-handed reliever Scott Proctor, who has been shut down because of pain resulting from scar tissue, is scheduled to see a doctor Sunday.

            Proctor, 32, hasn’t pitched since he threw in an intrasquad game Monday, and had been on a long-toss conditioning program.

"I've been on a throwing program the last two days. I got through it, and took [Saturday] off. I'll see the doctor tomorrow and will get put on some sort of throwing program,’’ Proctor said Saturday morning.

Proctor had elbow surgery (torn flexor) in October, and the Marlins aren’t surprised he is going through some discomfort.

"I had an MRI when I got my physical [in mid February]. There is nothing structurally wrong,’’ Proctor said. “That's the encouraging thing. It's more than likely some scar tissue that got loose, and it's just gotten in parts of the joint.

“Any time they open up your elbow, and they go in there and start moving things around, you're going to have scar tissue laying around in a manner that isn't conducive to what we do," he said. “If a little piece gets in the wrong place, it's going to let you know. One day I can't scratch my head, the next day I can."

            The Marlins are counting on Proctor to become their setup man, but aren’t concerned because they feel there is enough time to recover.

"This is not totally unexpected, given the surgery and also knowing the player," said Larry Beinfest, the Marlins president of baseball operations. "He wants to barrel through everything, and get ready. We'll slow him down a little bit, and get him ready. We've got time on our side, still."

There is even more time this spring, because of the World Baseball Classic, which has stretched out spring training into seven weeks instead of six.

"We've still got four weeks," Proctor said. "It's an injury I've never had before, a surgery I've never had before. We'll just continue to evaluate it, each and every day."






Today's lineups



Ryan Freel 2B

Scott Moore 3B

Ty Wigginton DH

Lou Montanez RF

Felix Pie LF

Chris Gomez 1B

Gregg Zaun C

Blake Davis SS

Brad Bergeson P


Emilio Bonifacio 3B

Robert Andino SS

Jay Gibbons LF

Dallas McPhearson 1B

Dan Uggla 2B

Brett Carroll RF

Cameron Maybin CF

Michael Ryan DH

Mike Rabelo C

Sean West P

March 06, 2009

Hermida makes play of the day

If I am going to knock the Marlins when they make errors, I’m going to praise them when they make a nice play.

So far today the Marlins have made two errors. That’s 18 in seven games (uggh).

Both errors were by Robert Andino at shortstop. Andino is going to have a difficult time making this team, because he is out of options.

But on a high note, left fielder Jeremy Hermida made the play of the day in the fourth when he raced into foul ground, dancing over the mound down the left field line to spear a sinking liner by Chip Ambres.



Here’s a couple of numbers for the day:

6 – Number of Worlds Series rings owned by former Marlins now playing for Boston.

Josh Beckett has two (’03 Marlins and ’07 Red Sox) and Mike Lowell has two (’03 Marlins and ’07 Red Sox) -- and they each have a World Series MVP Trophy.

Brad Penny has one (’03 Marlins) and Mark Kotsay, who played in 14 games with the 1997 Marlins, has one.

3 – Number of former first round draft picks by the Marlins who were in Boston’s clubhouse Friday.

Beckett (the second overall pick in 1999), Kotsay (the ninth overall pick in 1996) and Chip Ambres (the 27th overall pick in 1998.)

Ambres, an outfielder from Texas who was a highly recruited quarterback, is one of the biggest first round busts in Marlins’ history – behind Josh Booty, another QB, and Jaime Jones.

Ambres never played an inning for the Marlins, who released him after the 2004 season.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but Penny and Beckett have adjacent lockers, and Lowell and Kotsay have adjacent lockers.

Catching Up With Matt Lindstrom (North of the Border)

      TORONTO -- Greetings from the Rogers Centre (that's Centre, not Center, here pal), where I'm covering the opening round of the World Baseball Classic, which kicks off tomorrow when the U.S. faces Canada. They're expecting a crowd of about 40,000 for that tilt, which will be followed by Venezuela/Italy. Canada beat the U.S. in the '06 WBC, don't forget. Seem to recall that then-Marlin Dontrelle Willis was roughed up in that one.

      Just ran into Matt Lindstrom coming off the field after the U.S team wrapped up its morning workout. Lindstrom's pitching line from Thursday's appearance against the Phillies doesn't look so hot: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 19 pitches. But looks are a bit deceiving. Let Lindstrom, who entered with a man on in the fifth inning, explain:

      "I came in and got a double play on two pitches and then I struck the next guy out on three pitches (to end the inning). And then I thought I was done but tried to be a hero and go another (inning), and probably shouldn't have. I was just trying to work on fastball location, and then I threw a first-pitch splitty to Marcus Giles, because I'm trying to throw that in a game to see how it works and stuff. He hit that for a single, no big deal. I threw a couple of good sinkers to Raul Ibanez, and then I threw a fastball in and he hit it right over my head for a single. And then I faced (Ryan) Howard (with two outs), threw a sinker and missed, threw a good fastball away, strike one. Threw another fastball up and away, and he hit it. The wind blew it. And he's a big dude and he's got power. It carried a little bit, but oh well."

     Team USA manager Davey Johnson has not outlined his bullpen plans for the WBC, but said that he noticed the hard-throwing relievers (which would include Lindstrom) were probably guilty of overthrowing in the three exhibition games against MLB teams, not unusual considering it's still early March.

     We'll keep you posted on Lindstrom's experience throughout the WBC. He has agreed to write an occasional "postcard home" for us throughout the tournament. 

Marlins will take their time with Proctor

        Not much of an update on reliever Scott Proctor, who has been shut down for a while because of problems with extending his arm because of discomfort from scar tissue.

Proctor, who had elbow surgery in October, hasn’t pitched since he threw in an intrasquad Monday.

“We would like to get him on a mound Tuesday or Wednesday,’’ said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez before Friday’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

There’s no timetable for when Proctor might pitch in a game again, but Gonzalez said he isn’t worried about Proctor not being ready for the season.

“He’s a reliever so he has plenty of time to get ready,’’ Gonzalez said.

Here are today’s lineups


 Emilio Bonificia 3B

John Baker C

Jeremy Hermida LF

Wes Helms 1B

Mike Stanton CF

Cody Ross RF

Cameron Maybin DH

Chris Coghlan 2B

Robert Andino SS                                                 

Chris Volstad P

Red Sox

Josh Reddick RF

Julio Lugo SS

 Jason Varitek C

J.D. Drew DH

Jeff Bailey 1B

Jed Lowry 3B

Zach Daeges LF

 Chip Ambres CF

 Ivan Ochoa 2B

 Josh Beckett P