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May 19, 2010

For Hanley Ramirez, Is History Repeating Itself?

  Came across this article from the Boston Herald, dated May 9, 2003.....

  Growing pains continue for prized shortstop prospect Hanley Ramirez, who was sent down to the Instructional League yesterday for an unnamed violation of Red Sox policy.

   Ramirez, 19, is a five-tool player with dazzling offensive and defensive skills but also some maturity issues. Last season, Ramirez was sent home early from the fall's instructional league after getting into a confrontation with a coach.

Red sox hanley    The club felt the move was necessary for Ramirez, playing at Single-A Augusta, to get a handle on his emotions and attitude in the wake of the intense hype that greeted his breakout season. In the Gulf Coast League last season, he hit .341 with six home runs, 26 RBI, eight stolen bases and 16 walks in 45 games, and then hit .371 for Lowell with one home run and 19 RBI.

 Over the winter, club officials felt confident that Ramirez' frame of mind had improved and that he understood the areas in which he needed work. This spring, there were no further incidents until this week's.

   He had been off to a slow start for the Greenjackets this spring but this past week he had been showing signs of heating up, belting his first two home runs of the year. On the season, Ramirez is hitting .255 with two home runs, 14 RBI and 10 stolen bases, but has committed a whopping 12 errors in his 24 games at shortstop.

   "We don't expect him to be in extended spring training for a long time, assuming he does what we ask him to do," said Ben Cherington, director of player development.

May 18, 2010

Helms hopes Ramirez's benching sends message

Hanley Ramirez wasn't in the Marlins lineup Tuesday, but he was spotted in the duguout, celebrating with his teammates in the sixth inning after Cameron Maybin belted a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Wes Helms That's a good sign Ramirez, at the very least, apologized to his teammates or at least made some sort of peace with them after unleashing some venom to reporters this morning about manager Fredi Gonzalez and his decision to bench him Monday for "a lack of effort."

Whether Ramirez apologized or not, he is going to get a visit from veteran clubhouse leader Wes Helms, who was more than supportive of Gonzalez's move after he witnessed Ramirez jog after a ball he accidentally kicked in the outfield in the second in Monday. 

Helms told reporters Tuesday he was angry with Ramirez, but glad to see his manager do something about it. Gonzalez hasn't been one to be very critical of his players publicly over the years. But after a closed door meeting with management, he seemed to be given the green light.

And it seems it scored Gonzalez points with the other 24 players in his clubhouse.

"I commend Fredi for what he did," Helms said. "One guy wasn't doing it and he wanted to show him and the team he's not going to stand for that. That's what makes you respect a manager more is when he does have rules, if he backs them up, you respect him more. Us as players and us as his teammates saw last night, he's not going to stand for that and he did something about it.

"It definitely sets the bar. Hanley is the star on the team. I tell him all the time he could be the best shortstop in the game. He's that kind of player. But it doesn't take talent to hustle. That's one thing you've been taught since you were born by your dad or whoever. It doesn't take talent to run hard or work hard. To do that to Hanley just shows these other 24 guys on this club that this is serious. This is the way we're going to play the game here and this is what the game is all about."

Helms said he planned to speak with Ramirez Tuesday in "a mature manner."

"I want to talk to him in a manner more of to just let him know you need to be the leader of this team and to be the leader of this team, you have to lead by example and if you don't lead by example, you won't be a leader," Helms said. "I will definitely talk to this guy because I want him to be a leader. He deserves it because of his talent and the way he plays the game. Guys will follow if he leads."

Helms recalled how when he was in Atlanta several years ago, Braves manager Bobby Cox sent a strong message to his team when he benched outfielder Andruw Jones for being lazy in the middle of an inning. Gonzalez said Tuesday he never thought about doing the same to Ramirez because he didn't want to embarrass him.

"I'll never forget that as long as I live," Helms said of Jones' benching. "I came up with Andrew. I'll tell you one thing, you never saw him do it again. Sometimes, you aren't going to have perfect players. But the way you handle your players can help them in the long run and that happened to Andruw. Hopefully, this will help Hanley.

"I think this can have two effects. You look at your star as 'Hey this can't be happening,' and this can hurt the chemistry of the team. But you also look at it, the way Fredi handled it, it can also pump a team up because it shows the other 24 guys it's not going to be something we commend here and we're going to take care of it. It gives the other guys the extra fire to play harder and to run balls out and to go hard. I think it can hurt and help the team. The way it was handled last night, I think it's going to help us."

ROSS SAYS HANLEY PLAYS GAME "HARD, MAJORITY OF THE TIME"... Monday's benching, of course, wasn't the first time Hanley Ramirez has had his desire questioned. Last season, second baseman Dan Uggla wondered aloud in the clubhouse if Ramirez was fighting through a pulled hamstring tough enough.

Right fielder Cody Ross, another outspoken player in the Marlins clubhouse, said Tuesday he thought Ramirez's lack of hustle was simply because he was hurt. 

""Hanley plays hard the majority of the time," Ross said. "He plays without question as hard as anybody. I just feel like sometimes when he's not being Hanley, getting three or four hits a game, he might [loaf]. I don't know if he's frustrated right now or was really hurt. I'm not questioning fact whether he's hurt or not, but seeing Fredi step up and get as upset as he was, Fredi and the coaching staff felt he shouldn't [play]."

Ross said where Ramirez made his mistake was staying in the game despite the injury.

"I just thought he must be really hurt," Ross said of watching Ramirez jog after a ball Monday. "I just felt like if you can't go, you need to let the manager know you're not capable of it. When you're hurt, you don't want to go out there and do more damage for your team. I've been in the situation I don't know many times where I'm thinking to myself 'Should I go because I don't want to go out there and hurt my team by going 50 percent?' Is it better for me to stay out of this game and not play today. I think you need to be honest with the manager when you're hurt if you can go or not. I guess he tried to tough it out and stay in there and it ended up costing us a few runs. It's pretty much all I can say."

Unlike Helms, Ross said he didn't need to hear an apology from Ramirez for his actions. But he did support Gonzalez's move. 

"You see it a few times every year -- not on our team, I'm saying around the league," Ross said. "Guys have been pulled out of games for not hustling. It happened in Tampa with Upton. It happened with Soriano. It sends messages to guys that this is a team effort, it's not just about one guy. It's about 25 guys. That's what we're about. We're about the Marlins. It's a touchy subject, but something that has to be addressed. If I was in that situation and I was dogging it, I would hope somebody would put me in my place.

"I have the upmost respect for Fredi. I know it's a tough situation for him to do. Hanley is one of our stars, he is our star player, the face of the franchise and there is a fine line, a boundary. You don't want to lose a guy for a couple weeks. You don't want to get him so upset he doesn't want to play. It's tough. He's in a tough situation. He has to handle it the best way he can. I think he's doing it the right way."

Ross said he hopes the situation resolves itself soon because he said the Marlins need Ramirez in the lineup.

"I think he'll be alright," Ross said. "I think it will take him a couple days. He's a sensitive guy. Everybody knows that. He takes things and wears it on his shoulders. We'll support him 100 percent. We need him. He's a huge part of this team and we need him."

Ramirez's replacement at SS playing on bad ankle

With Hanley Ramirez out of the Marlins lineup indefinitely, Brian Barden should get the majority of action at shortstop. But if he were to need to a break, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday Wes Helms or backup catcher Brett Hayes could play shortstop for a few innings if needed.

"If the game is on the line and we need to pinch hit for him, we could run Wes Helms for him. You can get at-bats with him and you don't know if the ball is going to get hit there," Gonzalez said ."We were almost there last night, but it never materialized. One old coach said you can guarantee a hitter four at-bats, you can't guarantee a ball being hit there for a few innings."

Helms, a veteran corner infielder, has never played shortstop in the majors. Hayes, who also has never played shortstop in the pros, supposedly played the position some in high school.

For what it is worth, Barden is playing shortstop with a bum left ankle. He said he sprained it making attempting to make sliding catch in the series final against the Mets.

"Once you get out there honestly and get that adrenaline going you don't really feel it," Barden said before getting the start Tuesday. "It was kind hard to push off and go side to side on defense. Luckily they didn't hit any ground balls, just the first one [Justin] Upton had when I first went into the game."

"I'm excited to be out there. Obviously it's just bad timing. Hopefully, I could get some knocks today."

Fredi says Hanley needs to talk to his teammates

Hanley Ramirez will not be starting at shorstop today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. And manager Fredi Gonzalez said he didn't know if Ramirez, who was benched Monday for not hustling after a ball he booted in the outfield, would play at all he works out his issues.

For the complete interview, check out our Marlins audio section. Here is part of Gonzalez's transcript from moments ago...

Is his injury why he isn't in the lineup?

No. I think he's fine. I'm sure he's a little bruised up or banged up. But he's not in the lineup.

And the reason for that is...

I think he needs to take care of some problems. I think he needs to take care of the situation and when he handles that the right way, we'll be fine. It's one of those things that could be good. It could be good. 

Will he pinch hit?

I don't know.

What do you think he needs to do?

I think he needs to talk to his teammates a little bit. You know what I mean? I think whatever feelings he has with me or not has with me, it's fine and dandy. We don't need to get along. But I think he needs to get along with the 24 other guys in his team and when that happens, we'll run him back in there. I think if he sets his ego aside, this could be good.

Does he need to apologize to his teammates?

I think he needs to talk to his teammates.

Did you speak with him?

I've spoken to him, yes. Within the last 10 minutes. 

Is he suspended?


How was he in the discussion? He was pretty angry.


Did he seem like he was going to heed your advice?

Not sure.

We asked him if he was going to and his first words were 'For what?'

Well, what are we going to do then?

You don't want this distraction do you?

If it's handled the right way I think it could be good. If not, it could be a distraction. It could grow into some ugly stuff. Let's wait and see what happens. Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill just yet. 

Handled by him?

I think so. There's not a date or an hour or the third inning of today's game. We'll wait and kind of let this thing work itself out a little bit. I think sometimes when the ego gets in the way and the ego kind of deflates a little bit and you see the forest and the trees, I think it would be good.

He said some said unflattering things about you not playing in the majors...

He's right. But I know how to play the game. I played six years in the minor leagues and I know what it takes to play this game and I know the effort it takes to play this game and I know it's hard to play this game. Believe me, I know it's hard. That's it.

He said 'It's your team, you can do whatever the f--- you want.'

It's our team. I'm just a guy who makes the lineup. It's our team. 

How disappointed are you with his comments?

I'm not disappointed. Sometimes it takes a little time. But that's what you want to hear. You want this to turn around and be a positive. And that's all it takes. It takes a little bit of responsibility and we could take off. It's not the first time it's been done in the major leagues, not the first time I've done this in the major leagues. We'll see how this develops. My job as the manager -- as the f---ing manager is to make sure 25 guys play together and the effort is there. I can't control everybody going 4 for 4. But you can control the effort. 

Hanley Ramirez blasts Fredi Gonzalez for benching

Hanley Ramirez is not a happy Marlin. And he made his feelings pretty clear about it Tuesday morning in the team's clubhouse, ripping manager Fredi Gonzalez for pulling him from Monday's game for "a lack of hustle."

The Marlins haven't posted a lineup yet. But it will be very interesting to see if Ramirez's name appears on it. Here is what Ramirez told reporters moments ago (click on this link for the raw audio). We also have sound bites from teammates Cody Ross and Wes Helms. Helms said he thought Ramirez needed to apologize. Doesn't look like it is going to happen.

Did you give less than 100 percent effort?
Ramirez: I don't know. It looked like it. The example starts with me. If you don't hustle, hopefully, he does it with everybody. That's OK. He doesn't understand that. He never played in the big leagues. That's OK. That's fine. That's an example and it starts with me and let's see how far it can go.

Did the foul ball off your shin affect your running?
Ramirez: A little bit. Yeah. I had a little bit of tightness.

Did you think you could keep playing?
Ramirez: For him, I don't think so.

How much pain were you in?
Ramirez: A lot. I was trying to stay in the game. I wasn't trying to get out of the game.

What was reaction when he said he was taking you out of the game?
Ramirez: I just said 'I'm going to go home. I just wanted to go home. It's brutal. It's fine. It's OK.

Did you want to stay in the game?
Ramirez: Yeah. I could've. But I think I would have been in a little bit of pain. It's his team. He do whatever the he [f---ing] wants. There's nothing I could do about it.

Could your bat help the team?
Ramirez: Not right now. I think that's why I got kicked out of the game.

Are you angry?
Ramirez: It's brutal like I said. I'm just going to play the game and he's just going to have to leave me alone.

Did you lose respect for Gonzalez?
Ramirez: A little bit. We got 24 more guys out there, hopefully they can do the same things I do. That are wearing the Marlins uniform. There's nothing I can say.

Are you going to apologize to your team for dogging it?
Ramirez: For what? Do what? We have a lot of people dogging it after ground balls. They never pull guys.

Are you going to talk to Fredi today?
Ramirez: I don't think so and I won't. I don't know when I'm going to be back on the field.

Do you feel you're healthy enough to play?
Ramirez: No [mentally and physically].

Have you ever been this angry?
Ramirez: It's happened a couple times, but it's happened underneath the table. So, I know why I'm angry.

You aren't the first All-Star shortstop to get benched...
Ramirez: It can happen to anybody. 162 games.

Do you want to play for Fredi?
Ramirez: It's over. I'm done. No more [questions].

Was it the shin or ankle?
Ramirez: The shin.

Do you hold yourself accountable for not running?
Ramirez: That was as hard as I could go right there. I wasn't trying like I gave up. That was the hardest I could go after the ball.

Did you see the replay?
Ramirez: No. Everybody has a different mind. I can't control what you think about that. I can only control what I do on the field, off the field. I know some people are going to think I gave up or was a little bit hurt. It's going to be fine.

Do you respect Fredi?
Ramirez: I respect everybody. But I don't know if I get the same respect back. That's why sometimes you sit down and think about it. Why respect someone who isn't going to respect you back?

How much did it hurt you to hear some of the things he said?
Ramirez: I haven't heard anything, but I had a couple people who told me. I don't want to hear what he said. That's fine. I just want to sit down because I'm so mad right now, I don't want to do something stupid. Hopefully, I can talk to my kids so they can keep me down and forget this and go forward.

How many games do you think you'll miss?
Ramirez: I don't know. I haven't talked to him. I just got here. Let's see what they bring on the table.

Do you want to see your name in the lineup?
Ramirez: Everyday.

May 17, 2010

Is it time to question Hanley Ramirez's heart?

It's a subject nobody in the Marlins' organization really wants to talk about. But maybe it is finally time they do. Does Hanley Ramirez have enough heart to play this game the way it should be played every day?

Hanley RamirezAs most of us suspected, the Marlins' two-time All-Star shortstop and the National League's reigning batting champion didn't leave Monday's 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks in the second inning because he fouled a pitch off his left ankle in the first. No, the Marlins' $70 million player left according to manager Fredi Gonzalez for a lack of hustle.

"We felt whether he was hurt or not hurt, we felt like the effort wasn't there that we wanted," Gonzalez told reporters moments ago after having a closed door meeting with Marlins management including owner Jeffrey Loria, who listened to every word Gonzalez said carefully.

"There are 24 guys out there that are busting their butts. Cody Ross got hit with a ball, 95 milers per hour. It wasn't thrown any slower. He stayed in the game making diving plays and battling, got two hits and an RBI. There's some injuries there [with Ramirez]. But we expect an effort from 25 guys on this team and when that doesn't happen we have to do something."

This isn't the first time Ramirez has had his desire questioned. Last September, teammate Dan Uggla questioned it after Ramirez sat out a couple games with a hamstring pull. It turned into a bit of an ugly feud in the clubhouse and Gonzalez immediately held a closed door team meeting. Ramirez, who signed a six-year, $70 million contract in 2008, eventually mended the fences with Uggla. 

But this latest bit of drama -- for not hustling after a ball he kicked away in the outfield in the second inning -- could present bigger issues. This, after all, was the first time Gonzalez called Ramirez out for a lack of hustle. And with Loria present in the room, it felt like Ramirez would likely receive a stern message from management too.

Ramirez has a reputation for being playful. But at what point does it become a lack of focus? As a side note, before Monday's game I was in the Marlins dugout with another reporter waiting for Ramirez for an interview. It never happened because Gonzalez had to come over to remind his star shortstop he was late for a team meeting in the clubhouse. "Nino," Gonzalez called Ramirez in Spanish. "Did you forget the meeting? Let's go."

Ramirez, who had been interviewed by a female reporter from Telemundo several minutes earlier but was still sitting with her, promptly got up and followed his manager to the meeting. Gonzalez didn't bring up the fact Ramirez was late for a meeting after the game, but did say his star player offered "no excuse" for not hustling.

"You guys call him the marquee guy," Gonzalez said. "I got 25 guys that are all wearing the same uniform, wearing all the same Marlins insignia in the front and I think it's disappointing if anybody [doesn't hustle], not just one guy."

When asked if Ramirez could see future disciplinary action, Gonzalez said: "You need more embarrassment than being taken out of a major league game? We'll see [if he plays tomorrow]."

Sunday Leftovers -- Nolasco, Stanton, etc.

   1) Ricky Nolasco's fastball velocity was down a tick or two for much of Sunday's outing but he somehow held the Mets in check. Nolasco touched 91 once or twice, but was consistently in the high 80s with most of his fastballs. He attributed it to general dullness.

    "I felt terrible," Nolasco said. "But there's games where it's going to happen and you just have to go out there and battle. That's pretty much the only thing that I'm proud of myself today. Other than that, I'm not very happy with the way I threw the ball. I had a tough time getting myself going. I was trying to get going, trying to get some adrenaline going, and create some more energy. It's one of those games where you're just kind of in slow motion. I don't know how I got guys out, but I did somehow.

    2) The Marlins reaped instant dividends from manager Fredi Gonzalez's decisions to spot-sit his regulars during the Mets series. Dan Uggla had the night off on Thursday and returned on Friday to smash two home runs. It was Jorge Cantu's turn to sit on Friday. He came back on Saturday to go 3 for 5 with a RBI. Chris Coghlan wasn't in Sunday's starting lineup. But he came off the bench in the seventh inning to hit his pinch-hit home run. Don't be surprised to see Hanley Ramirez get a day off here soon. The Marlins are 13 games into a stretch of 20 consecutive games.

    3) With his home run on Sunday, Uggla took over sole possession of third place on the Marlins' all-time list with 130. Ahead of him are Mike Lowell (143) and Miguel Cabrera (138). But even assuming he gets past those two, Uggla doesn't expect to remain on top for very long. Ramirez is looming with 110 and has four years left on his contract after this one. And then there's also that Mike Stanton guy lurking in the minors.

    4) Speaking of Stanton, have you noticed that the Double A minor-leaguer has run into a slump since last week's media swarm, going 1 for his last 19?

   5) Gaby Sanchez probably has June 4 circled on his calendar. That's the next time the Marlins face the Mets. Sanchez has gone 13 for 28 with six extra-base hits against the Mets this season..Sanchez is riding a six-game hitting streak in which he has gone 11 for 26 (.423).

May 16, 2010

Chris Coghlan HR At Bat an Instant Classic

    Friend of mine fired off a quick e-mail to me after today's game in which the Marlins and Mets went at it for nine highly entertaining innings before the Marlins prevailed 10-8. This guy is semi-retired and takes in about 20-25 Marlins games a year in person while watching the rest on television when he's chilling out at Saratoga during the summer. I'm not sure Secretariat impressed him as much as Chris Coghlan did today with his long at bat.

    "The best at bat I have ever seen," he gushed. "He had one last year in late April (11-pitch walk) that sent him on his way. Deja Vu?"

    Without question, Coghlan's 12-pitch in the seventh inning was pure drama and high achievement all wrapped into one. The Marlins had managed to squander a 7-0 lead. The Mets had clawed back to make it 7-6, and those of us in the press box were starting to reel off the epic chokes, not that this would have ranked on a national scale. We came up with the obvious ones -- Red Sox/Yankees in 2004 and Boston Bruins just this week -- when Coghlan came off the bench to pinch-hit with two on in the bottom of the seventh and Fernando Nieve on the mound for the Mets.

    Coghlan gained the intitial advantage, running the count to 2-1, when Nieve and he started to wage batter-pitcher war. Coghlan fouled off the next seven pitches. And I mean the foul balls were going in all different directions. A ball on the 11th pitch turned it into a full count.

  Coghlan: "He threw everything he had, and when you're able to foul those off and see every pitch he has in the course of an at bat, I think as it gets deeper and deeper, it gives the advantage to the hitter. He threw some nasty pitches and I was fortunate enough to foul some off. And then when I got to 3-2, I knew he had to come over the plate, he left one up, and fortunately I was able to capitalize on it."

   Coghlan gave the ball a ride over the wall in right-center, one of the deepest parts of the ballpark, for a three-run home run that gave the Marlins a 10-6 lead. More than anything, though, it gave the Marlins a chance to breathe, a jolt of fresh life. It was only the second pinch-hit of Coghlan's career. The other, also a home run, came last season. Asked if he was developing a knack for the special skill of pinch-hitting, Coghlan laughed.

    "Pinch-hitting's good but I'd like to start," Coghlan said. "But, yeah, I couldn't draw it up better either way than that."

   , It's been a tough start for Coghlan following his Rookie of the Year season. But if a long at bat got him going in '09, perhaps Sunday's lengthy plate appearance will have the same effect.

Broom Day? Marlins Aim for Sweep of Mets

   A win today by the Marlins would give them a four-game series sweep of the Mets for the first time ever in South Florida, and the Fish have to like their chances with Ricky Nolasco on the mound. (For the record, the Marlins swept the Mets in a four-game series at Shea Stadium in 2004).

  Brooms    All-time, the Marlins have seven previous four-game sweeps in SoFla with the last coming in 2006 against the Brewers:

 1) May 9-12, 1996 -- Colorado Rockies

  2) Aug. 25-28, 1995 -- Houston Astros

  3) Aug. 25-28, 2006 -- Milwaukee Brewers

  4) April 9-11, 2004 -- Philadelphia Phillies

  5) Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2002 -- Pittsburgh Pirates

  6) July 28-30, 1995 -- St. Louis Cardinals

  7) Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2003 -- Montreal Expos


  Mets: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Alex Cora, 2b; 3. Jason Bay, lf; 4. Chris Carter, rf; 5. David Wright, 3b; 6. Ike Davis, 1b; 7. Angel Pagan, cf; 8. Henry Blanco, c; 9. Jon Niese, p.

  Marlins: 1. Cameron Maybin, cf; 2. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Ronny Paulino, c; 7. Cody Ross, lf; 8. Brett Carroll, rf; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.

May 15, 2010

John Baker Goes on the Disabled List -- UPDATED

  John Baker landed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm, but 15 days might be optimistic for the slumping catcher. It could take longer for the injury to heal and the Marlins plan on giving the bulk of the playing time now to Ronny Paulino, with Brett Hayes as his backup.

   "We're a team that's trying to make the playoffs, and you can't be running a guy out there at 50 percent, who's an out in the lineup, that's hurting his team," Baker said. "It's a fine line. You want to be a tough guy. But, at the same time, I've got 24 other people to think about."

 Baker Baker, who missed much of spring training with a similar injury, said it started to flare up on him again after the Colorado series in late April. Baker was hitting .342 as recently as April 21 but has gone into a 4-for-40 spiral that now has him hitting .218.

 "I just know that lately, since Colorado, it's had an effect on me swinging the bat," Baker said. "So I think sometimes you subconsciously guard things when you don't want to hurt youself. I'm just not taking the same swings."

   Baker said the good news is that a MRI "showed no ligament damage, which was what we were worried about."

    Baker has been instructed not to use the arm at all for the time being.

    "I think that we're going to look at it in 10 days and see how it feels," Baker said. "And, if it feels good, play some rehab games, get some at bats and get back in the lineup."

Asked if he thought he would be out longer than 15 days, Baker replied, 'I'm not a doctor. I don't know how it's going to respond."

 Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would give the bulk of the playing time to Paulino and spot start Hayes. Hayes was in the starting lineup on Saturday against Mets right-hander John Maine and probably will start the Tuesday day game against the Diamondbacks, Gonzalez said.

  "That's one of the reasons we brought Hayes up (three days ago)," Gonzalez said. "We thought we could get (Baker) through this weekend without playing him, without DL-ing him. But the doc said he needs rest. I hope it's just 15 days."

   Hayes will be making his first major league start tonight.


   Mets: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Luis Castillo, 2b; 3. Angel Pagan, cf; 4. Jason Bay, lf; 5. David Wright, 3b; 6. Ike Davis, 1b; 7. Jeff Francoeur, rf; 8. Rod Barajas, c; 9. John Maine, p.

   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. Cameron Maybin, cf; 8. Brett Hayes, c; 9. Nate Robertson, p.