All the talk this spring training was about what a great leader shortstop Hanley Ramirez was becoming.
And for a time, it looked like Ramirez was embracing that role. He was signing autographs for fans, engaging teammates and hustling and diving for balls all over the field. But whatever good will Ramirez was building has been slowly disappearing.
And Monday, when he was pulled out of the starting lineup for showing up late for Jack McKeon's first team meeting, well, it's safe to say that didn't go unnoticed.
McKeon, who benched players during the Marlins World Series season in 2003, has the type of hard line stance many players say they embrace and are looking forward to as he takes over.
"I think he's going to have a great influence in here," Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez said. "He's hard nosed. He's not going to take anything, any crap. If you want to play and do the right things, he's going to play you. If not, he's not. So I think that's going to be good for us."
Sanchez said McKeon's pregame speech about leaving egos at the door was "awesome."
"It doesn't matter how old he is," Mike Stanton said. "He's very respected in the game and we know what he has to offer."
> Chris Coghlan, who was supposed to be on his way to Triple A New Orleans, was placed on the disabled list with left knee inflammation after his option was voided because of the injury on Monday.
Larry Beinfest, president of baseball operations, said Coghlan went to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday after seeing team doctors over the weekend.
Coghlan tore his meniscus in his left knee celebrating a Marlins walk-off win last July 25th and had surgery to repair it in the offseason.
Will he still head down to Triple A when his stint on the DL ends?
“We need to get him healthy,” Beinfest said. “We need to get what every inflammation or whatever discomfort is in the knee out of there. We have 15 days from last Friday and then we'll see where we're at.”
> Stanton, pulled from Saturday’s game because of a right eye infection, said he hopes to be back in the lineup by Wednesday.
Stanton said he’d been battling blurriness in his eye since the Marlins returned home from the West Coast earlier this month. He said he met with a new eye doctor on Monday and was prescribed new medication. “It’s a lot better now,” Stanton said. “It should be knocked out by Wednesday, that's what they said.”
> The Marlins optioned left-hander Brad Hand to Single A Jacksonville; recalled reliever Jose Ceda from Triple A New Orelans; and catcher Brad Davis was outrighted to New Orleans.
Hand (0-3, 3.65 in three starts) was scheduled to pitch Wednesday. But with the Marlins off on Thursday and next Monday, Beinfest said the team only needs four starters in the rotation.
Beinfest said the bullpen would likely handle the pitching duties in Wednesday’s series finale against the Angels. Beinfest said Hand will pitch in Jupiter because the Double A All-Star Game takes place Tuesday and teams are off on Wednesday. He'll then return to Double A and make his next start there.
"We wanted him to get down to get the regular work," Beinfest said. "With the off day coming up on Thursday, if we chose to go with a 'pen day instead of another starter we have a comfort of that off day. So, it gave us some flexibility to get him down, get him pitching regularly. With the off day coming he'd have some irregular starts and going on seven days rest. We really only need four starters after Wednesday."