There are reports galore about teams contacting the Marlins about center fielder Cody Ross with Saturday's 4 p.m. (EDT) deadline looming. But Ross said he doubts he'll be traded and, that if he is, it would be a sure sign the Marlins are throwing in the towel on the season.
"I think I'm staying," Ross said, "unless they want to cash it in for the season. That (trading Ross for prospects the way Jorge Cantu was the day before) would be cashing it in. It's fair to say. We're showing signs of life and you neverknow, these last last two months we could turn it around."
Actually, teams were contacting the Marlins about Ross weeks ago.
Marlins general manager Mike Hill said he and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest spoke to every club in the majors on Friday "just to make sure we haven't missed anything."
CANTU'S REPLACEMENT? THIRD BASEMAN BY COMMITTEE....With Cantu now gone, manager Edwin Rodriguez said he planned to give the bulk of the playing time at third base to Wes Helms and try to play Hector Luna -- called up Friday from Triple A New Orleans -- two or three starts per week. Rodriguez said Luna is about equal defensively to Helms.
COGHLAN RE-EXAMINED.....The Marlins are continuing to hold out hope that Chris Coghlan can return to action without having to undergo surgery on his injured left knee before the end of the season. Coghlan saw another doctor on Friday in South Florida. Rodriguez said it could be about a week before the Marlins know for certain whether Coghlan needs surgery. If he doesn't, it could be three to four weeks before he's back in uniform. If Coghlan doesn't have surgery, he'll be sent to the minors for rehab work, not only for his swing, but to work out at third base. That's the position where the Marlins have him targeted. Rodriguez said Coghlan could become average defensively at third. His weakness: side-to-side range.
Marlins: 1. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 2. Logan Morrison, lf; 3. Gaby Sanchez, 3b; 4. Dan Uggla, 2b: 5. Mike Stanton, rf; 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Wes Helms, 3b; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Chris Volstad, p.
Padres: 1. Jerry Hairston, Jr., 2b; 2. Chris Denorfia, lf; 3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b; 4. Miguel Tejada, ss; 5. Chase Headley, 3b; 6. Yorvit Torrealba, c; 7. Will Venable, rf; 8. Tony Gwynn, cf; 9. Wade LeBlanc, p.