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Matt Dominguez Reassigned to Minors (with reaction)

    JUPITER -- No major surprise here as the Marlins have reassigned slumping third baseman Matt Dominguez -- along with four others -- to the minors.

    Dominguez's bat (.190 -- 7 for 48 -- this spring) cost him a spot on the Opening Day roster, and now the Marlins will begin looking at other options for third base, both inside the organization and out.

    "We all knew that we were asking a lot for the kid," manager Edwin Rodriguez said of Dominguez. "We told him the truth. We all know he has the ability to play in the big leagues at some point, but it's not going to happen right now. We thought that he was pressing a little bit, and he was taking his offense to the field, and that's not him."

    In-house, the initial plan is to use Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio at third.

    "It'll be Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio getting most of the playing time at third base," Rodriguez said. "I would like to play Murphy a little bit more there because we still waiting to see on Chris Coghlan (in center). We really believe he should be ready. That way I can keep Boni in the outfield. We want to get the answer at third base. We have to look for answers -- combinations -- in the infield, so we have one more week to go."

     Either way -- with Murphy or Bonifacio -- there is not a lot of third base experience. Murphy has played just 29 games (21 starts) at the position in the majors. Bonifacio, who was the Marlins' Opening Day third baseman in 2009, has played 92 games there (86 starts) at the big-league level.

     One option is NOT Omar Infante. Rodriguez said Infante would "stay at second base." Rodridguez also said he would prefer to use Wes Helms and, if he makes the club, Greg Dobbs off the bench.

      Outside, keep an eye on Pedro Feliz, who is in Royals camp -- at the moment. Other names that are floating around out there: Felipe Lopez, Eric Chavez and Garrett Atkins, along with the much pricier option: Michael Young.

     Also reassigned to the minors: infielders Ruben Gotay and Joe Thurston, rhp Frank Mata and OF Josh Kroeger.  The roster is now down to 32 players.

      Dominguez is headed to Triple A New Orleans.

      The Marlins could decide to weather it internally, using a patchwork of the in-house third basemen and hope that Dominguez re-discovers his bat in the minors for an early-season call-up. But my guess is they'll go outside to add an everyday third baseman.

      NOTES: Mike Stanton is starting in right and batting fourth today for the Marlins. It marks his first Grapefruit League appearance this spring.

      Today's LIneup: 1. Bonifacio, cf; 2. Infante, 2b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Stanton, rf; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Logan Morrison, lf; 7. John Buck, c, 8. Murphy, 3b; 9. Javier Vazquez, p.

      Boston Red Sox: 1. Jacoby Ellsbury, cf; 2. Jed Lowrie, ss; 3. David Ortiz, dh; 4. Kevin Youkilis, 3b; 5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c; 6. Mike Cameron, rf; 7. Ryan Kalish, lf; 8. Drew Sutton, 1b; Nate Spears, 2b. Pitching: Clay Buchholz.

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Eddie S

I saw some of the last few games that Dominguez played . It looked like he did not have a clue at the plate. I would definitely look outside the organization since all of the Marlin 3rd base candidates may be good offensively but none are good defensively.Neither Helms, Dobbs,Bonafacio,Infante or Murphy can perform consistently well at 3rd base.
Pedro Feliz is a fantastic 3rd baseman. In order for the Marlins to be competative, they have to improve defensively. Without a good 3rd baseman, the Marlins may not reach their goal.

david thompson

You list Eric Chavez as a candiate for third base. I thought he was going to make the Yankees roster. What are the Fish willing to give up for him

Alex

Why not move Coghlan to 3rd and play Boni at CF????

We all know that Coghlan is going to be a below average defensive CF any way you spin it. Boni has atleast shown he is a capable defensive CF

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