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Anibal plays catch; JJ says he feels fine

LANDSHARK STADIUM -- Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said he got a bit worried Friday afternoon when he got called off to the side by head athletic trainer Sean Cunningham. Was it going to be more bad news for the pitching staff?

Nope. Cunningham wanted to Gonzalez the best news he's heard in weeks -- that Anibal Sanchez was up and throwing again. The Marlins right-hander, who left his previous start on May 7th against the Braves with a sore shoulder, played catch for about 10 minutes Friday and could be throwing from the mound before the team's 10-game homestand ends on May 24th.

“He came in today, said he felt good," Gonzalez said. "In Colorado, they told me three, four weeks before he picks up a ball. Sean told me his range of motion was good, and strength was good. That is very encouraging."

Sanchez said he still isn't sure when he could pitch. The Marlins have said they think it could be up two months. “I feel good,” Sanchez said. “Depending how I feel in the next couple days, I should know a little more. I don’t know how much time it’s going to be. But I don’t have any pain.”

As for staff ace Josh Johnson, it appears his short outing in Milwaukee was just a scare. Johnson, who told reporters his shoulder just didn't feel right, said Friday it was more like "a one day thing." He said he was given a strength test and passed it. He threw on Friday and said he's on schedule for his regular bullpen session Saturday.

"I don't have any pain at all," Johnson said. "That's good."

The Marlins lineup: 1. Bonifacio 3B, 2. Coghlan LF, 3. Ramirez SS, 4. Cantu 1B, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Hermida RF, 7. Ross CF, 8. Paulino C, 9. Volstad P.

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SickofFrediandAmezaga

Amezaga not in lineup= Marlins Win!

SickofFrediandAmezaga

Players can only do so much especially while in the middle of an overall team struggle. But, in order to help the cause the help of the manager/headcoach is necessary and that has yet to be the case with Fredi as our manager. Why is it that when Fredi should leave the starter out there he pulls him and when he should take him out he lives him there. Why start Volstad in that inning if your going to go to your bullpen if he gets in trouble -- Why wait for him to get in trouble and putting the pressure on the pen and potentially make matters a lot worse.

Clark or Manny,give me your thoughts on Fredi and how we can solve this issue. Though execution is key and we have not gotten that lately, our manager has not helped at all. Do you guys not think that maybe it is time to realize this is not the guy for the job. He does not have the personality or coaching skills to get this kind of a team out of such a slump. As I said before, he has had no part in our success but seems to have a huge helping hand in our faults. As I also said before, if this team wants to have a bright future he needs to be gone asap because a new stadium and more money for the team to get better players will not matter as long as Fredi is our manager because he just constantly finds ways to lose games for us. He and Amezaga need to be gone while the season is still young -- Take Tosca with them as well. I am okay with Presley and Porter and Fox.

SickofFrediandAmezaga

And why is Amezaga out in CF now? We are down two, not up two. We need offense and he clearly does not bring that to us. I wish this team has some more veterans on it and some that had the guts to stand up and tell the manager his feelings and make minor suggestions as to help the team get out of this funk... maybe a guy that can get in the face of Fredi and put him in his place... I know its rare to see that but that is what we need. we need someone that will be able to tell Fredi that he is not helping the cause with this team and that he needs to step aside. Can we get trader Jack back? Mr.Marlin? Tony Perez? Dawson? Somebody but not Fredi... not a cuban for that matter.

SickofFrediandAmezaga

Next time Fredi gets ejected he needs to take Amezaga with him. Why is this bum hitting with two outs and the base loaded with us down 1? He should not be out there in the first place. Why does everyone get benched in favor of Amezaga no matter how well their playing, yet this bum continously stinks it up for us no matter what and he is still out there. Too much unnecessary and unearned praise from our broadcasters, coaching staff and media such as you guys.

SickofFrediandAmezaga

Fredi needs to go or this team is going nowhere

michael

hey paolo, perhaps you havent watched the games but fredi isnt playing, hitting or pitching.

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