The Marlins haven't celebrated any walk-off home runs this season. But, in the aftermath of the Kendry Morales incident with the Angels on Saturday, they're questioning the way of going about business when it does happen.
"I'll tell you what," said Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla. "If I hit a walk-off home run, I'm going to be a little bit more careful."
Morales broke his left ankle when he jumped into a swarm of teammates at home plate on Saturday after hitting a walk-off grand slam. There's a chance he could be lost for the season. Angels manager Mike Scoscia called a team meeting on Sunday and laid out new parameters on walk-off celebrations. Those were put to the test almost immediately when Howie Kendrick hit a walk-off homer to win Sunday's game. Kendrick was given a wide berth to the plate before being congratulated by his teammates in a more subdued manner.
"I'm all for going back to the handshakes, like in the old days," said Marlins outfielder Cody Ross. "It's classy."
Taylor Tankersley has retired all five of the left-handed batters he's faced since his promotion last week from Triple A. He was brought in to face Philadelphia's Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on Friday with the bases loaded of a tie game and got both to ground out (though Philly pulled off a double steal while he was on the mound and one of the runners scored the go-ahead run on Utley's ground ball). He was brought in with a man on in the seventh inning of Sunday's game, with the Marlins clinging to a 1-0 lead, and struck out pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs. Tankersley also retired Atlanta rookie Jason Heyward in his first outing.
Tankersley missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on his left elbow to repair a stress fracture.
"I've got to give a thank you to the staff in New Orleans because they brought me along perfectly," Tankersley said of Triple A manager Edwin Rodriguez and pitching coach Scott Mitchell. "The first month of the season, I pitched every other day and I'd throw one full inning or two full innings. So I was able to face righties, lefties -- everybody -- and just pitch, and get the feel for everything back. And then, towards the end of April, I would go like an inning and maybe the next day come in and face a lefty, and then have a day or two off. And then the last copule of weeks it's been all situational. So they brought me along perfectly."
Brett Carroll might wish to compare notes -- or bruises -- during the Milwaukee series with the Brewers' Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder. The reason: Fielder has been hit with pitches eight times to lead the NL while Weeks and Carroll are right behind with seven each. Carroll was struck by a Jamie Moyer pitch on Sunday, which didn't sit well with the Phillies pitcher. He felt that Carroll leaned into the pitch.
"I wanna get on base," Carroll said. "But I don't think it's anything where I'm on top of the plate.
When Carroll reached first after the plunking, he said Howard asked him "Are you going to need any ice for that one?"
-- Catcher John Baker (DL-right forearm) is scheduled to DH for Single A Jupiter on Tuesday. Baker said he plans to resume throwing within a few days.
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Cody Ross, rf; 7. Ronny Paulino, c; 8. Cameron Maybin, cf; 9. Nate Robertson, p.
Brewers: 1. Rickie Weeks, 2b; 2. Carlos Gomez, cf; 3. Prince Fielder, 1b; 4. Ryan Braun, lf; 5. Casey McGehee, 3b; 6. Corey Hart, rf; 7. Alcides Escobar, ss; 8. George Kottaras, 9. Chris Narveson, p.
Umps: HP -- Bill Miller; 1b -- Chad Fairchild; 2b -- Mike Reilly; 3b -- Eric Cooper