MILWAUKEE -- The newest Marlin -- Carlos Lee -- spent the morning settling in, adjusting to his new surroundings and shaking hands and exchanging greetings with his new teammates. He'll wear 45. Lee said he vetoed the Dodgers trade (they were one of the 14 teams on his limited no-trade list) because family members voiced objections to moving to L.A.
"Basically, I couldn't get everybody to agree to it," Lee said. "My wife just got here for the summer and going to L.A.....even the kids were complaining."
The Marlins were not one of the teams on Lee's no-trade list, so he had no say in the matter when the Astros dealt him for Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen.
"There was a reason why I didn't block going to Miami," Lee said, a native of Panama. "It's one of the teams that I want to play for. Thinking about me, and thinking about the family at the same time, and what is best for my career, I think Miami was a good choice."
Lee, who went 3 for 15 with a double and two RBI when the Astros visited Miami earlier in the season, called Marlins Park a good ballpark for certain hitters.
"It's a good hitting park if you're a line drive hitter," Lee said. "If you're a home run hitter, it's kind of (tough). It's a pretty big park."
General manager Michael Hill said ever since the Marlins began talking to the Astros about Lee, Dominguez was always central to the deal. It was Rasmussen the Marlins reluctantly included in the trade. Despite that, Hill said the Marlins front office continues to believe Dominguez will evolve into a productive major league player.
"You never want to give up pitching, let alone left-handed pitching," Hill said. "But understanding what was at stake and you have to give to get, we made ourselves comfortable ultimately with it, and you make the deal."
-- Giancarlo Stanton tested his injured right knee in the indoor cages on Thursday morning, but his status remain unchanged. He hopes to play in the weekend series in St. Louis. But if he is unable to do so, it is unlikely he'll play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday or compete in Monday's Home Run Derby in Kansas City. A MRI revealed a "loose body" in the knee, and Stanton said he'll likely need surgery to remove it at some point in time. Hill said if it's decided that Stanton can't participate in either the ASG or HRD, he'll still go to K.C. as the Marlins' only representative. "It's collaborative," Hill said of how the decision will end up being made. "We'll listen to our athlete, communicate and see how he feels."
-- Emilio Bonifacio remains on target for a July 13 return after making his first rehab appearance last night for Single A Jupiter. Bonifacio went 0 for 2 but hit the ball hard in one of his at bats.
-- Juan Carlos Oviedo is scheduled to make his first rehab appearance on Saturday for Jupiter. He'll be eligible to join the Marlins roster on July 23.
"I hear he's throwing very well," Hill said.
Here's Lee talking about his trade to the Marlins: