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Casey Kotchman to go on DL as first base woes continue for Marlins

     WASHINGTON -- It's the 75th anniversary of Abbott and Costello's famous "Who's on First?" comedy skit.

     But the first base situation for the Marlins is no laughing matter. Manager Mike Redmond said Casey Kotchman, who strained his left hamstring while running out a ground ball on Wednesday, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

      The Marlins now have three first basemen on the DL -- Kotchman, Logan Morrison and Joe Mahoney -- and have no other first basemen on their 40-man roster they can bring up to fill in. Greg Dobbs is starting at first for the Marlins in today's game, and Austin Kearns could play there in a pinch. Redmond said Chris Valaika and even backup catcher Miguel Olivo could man the position if necessary, too.

       But it's not a good situation for the Marlins at the moment. They signed Kotchman as insurance knowing Morrison wouldn't be ready until May at the earliest. Mahoney is trying to work his way back from an oblique injury and is swinging off a tee. But he's 7-10 days away from getting back on the field.

       "We are currently trying to figure out a roster move, what we're going to do," Redmond said. "Right now Dobber is going to play quite a bit of first base."

       Redmond said the Marlins might not necessarily replace Kotchman on the 25-man roster with another primary first baseman. It could be another position player. While not ruling out the possibility, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said he is also reluctant to add a non-roster player because it would mean exposing another member of the 40-man to waivers. The Marlins lost reliever Evan Reed on a waiver claim earlier this week when they designated him for assignment in order to create room on the roster for other additions.

        "Usually first base, it doesn't seem like it's a tough position to fill," Redmond said. "You think of all the positions, you usually have a ton of first basemen. I don't know if I've ever been around a team that hasn't had multiple first basemen. So it's odd that we're sitting here talking about three injured first baseman already this spring. It's definitely been a challenge."

        Kotchman said it's the first time in his career he has suffered a hamstring injury.

        "I heard a pop probably two to three strides before the bag, and kept running, and when I got to the bag I went down," Kotchman said.

        Redmond said the Marlins would wait until Friday to place Kotchman on the DL, at which time they'll make a corresponding move.

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Marlin Fan

Bring back Carlos Lee lol

Camera Mike

Ok Marlins fans I think it's time we hold a raffle here on Fish Bytes and the winner gets to play first base.

Daniel in Pasadena

hell, let Tino play first. He couldn't do worse hitting than the other 8 are right now.

bob

Guy is too old to try to beat a throw to first. I don't know why he even tried.

Oscar Greenberg

Daniel, not a bad idea!

Sunny Dee

This guy has no business playing a sport of any kind. I have not seen many players run slower than him.

But I am reassured now that Loria has said we'll all look back in two years and realize he was right.

Jeffrey "Madoff" Loria

Over/under on us scoring a run today? This should be the daily betting line for this joke of a minor league team.

Sunny Dee

The over/under has to be 1. That's the only number that makes any sense.

2 down 160 to go

WHOOOOOPEEE...Marlins score a run..Strike up the Band

flagstafffishfan

Anyone want to jump off the Wade Leblanc bandwagon? 5 hits and counting.

2 down 160 to go

The Leblanc bandwagon will crash and burn on I-95 on the way to all-u-can-eat Mondays at Marlins Park.

flagstafffishfan

lol nice @ 2 down.

3 down 159 to go

Lets hope that "Meatball" Dunn is a passenger on the Bandwagon when it crashes and burns.

Lou

Wow!!!

3 down 159 to go

Nice managing by Redmond in the 7th inning of a 2 run game on the road. He takes out the righty to put in his only lefty that early in the game. After a wild pitch and a walk ,he leaves his lefty in to face their most dangerous righty. Sure paid off. Brilliant. Ozzie would be proud.

Lou

Dear 3 down 159 to go, One good thing about following this team is managerial acumen will rarely be in question. I do totally understand your point,however, I somewhat equate it to being concerned about the wine cellar on the Titanic. We are now on a pace to score 54 runs this year. I'm wondering if the Marlins win a series, will the opposing manager be immediately dismissed for cause. If there was to be an expansion draft this year and I was allowed to make the selections from the Marlins I would take Stanton, Fernandez and Brantly. There are guys I would select from the minors but off the current 25 man roster , I believe there are only those 3 players of interest. I knew it would be really bad but this has the potential to be historical. They are seemingly sound dedensively so they won't be helf up for gaffes like the 62 Mets but the level of ridicule they will receive for overall record will become ugly very quickly.

3 down 159 to go

Nice analogy. Redmond is calling two ex teamates who were traded for each other to play 1st base.Derrick Lee and Hee-seop Choy. Whoever will play for peanuts gets the job.

Lou

3, Keep posting. It will be a long year and your sense of humor will be a source of comfort to anyone taking this farce seriously. The odds in Vegas before season started for Marlins was an over/under of 68 wins. If people wish to contribute money I will take advantage of it. I wonder if Choy would have any influence with the little guy North of the 38th Parallel.

Stan M

3 down,
You would make a lousy major league manager. You are trying to apply common sense in the face of years of tradition. Please get this into your head...you only use your closer in "save" situations. In the 7th inning with 2 men on, you put the game into the hands of a pitcher who is conceivably the worst on your staff and also wildly inconsistent. You NEVER use your closer in that kind of siituation. Rather, you let Dunn blow the game up and take away any chance of winning. THEN you bring in your closer to pitch the 8th inning so "he can get some work in."

Why can't you understand that? That's the way it's done...and it stinks! The game is on the line, Cishek, who is probably the best pitcher on your staff is available and not used until the game is our of hand. It just defies logic.

Flav C.

Stan....baseball people are traditionalists. They never change (only exception is Maddon at Tampa Bay).
Everybody else do the same crappy moves that they were taught in the minor leagues. Redmond is no different.

3 down 159 to go

Good stuff guys. Saving your closer on this team is the same as having a bucket brigade in the wine cellar of the Titanic. Besides Cishek will need the work,as save opps will be few and far between. They could be weeks apart.

Camera Mike

Just to offer a contrary opinion maybe we should give Redmond a chance to recover from this mistake. We all suffered from Ozzie making the worst of all possible pitching decisions on a nightly basis and our bullpens talent for giving up runs and that has undoubtedly left us scorned and bitter towards Dunn and others in our bullpen, but this was Redmond's first poor pitching move of his major league managing career. While I am upset at his decision to go with Dunn and then to leave him in to face the rightie Werth after the wild pitch and walk, I am also willing to see if Redmond will learn from his error and play it differently in similar future situations.

Flav C.

In the meantime, JAX Suns debuted 5-3 against Jackson Generals (Mariners AA team). Although depleted of Ozuna, Marisnick, and Yelich, the fans at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville were delighted with a fine performance of Brian Flynn, 6 innings, 4 hits, no runs allowed and 9 strikeouts.
Flynn has everything to become a long-relief lefty guy, with a live 96mph fastball, good changeup and a curveball that is a work in progress.
Another pitcher who played tonight and had impressed me a lot last season in Jupiter is Raudel Lazo, another Cuban defector, a lefty with good power fastball, and very good slider.
At least the folks in Jacksonville are in for a treat.

3 down 159 to go

Believe that Redmond will learn on the fly as he gets a better feel for his pitchers and the situations. Think he will do well in the long run.

Stan M

Good info, Flav. And Flynn was the 3rd player we got in the Anibel trade. Is Yelich on DL or just has a minor injury? When healed, I'd bring him up. He's played 1B I believe, and as long as Fernandez is breaking tradition, why not Yelich as well.
Camera Mike, I always respect your opinions and they are usually right on target. But here I differ. It was a dumb move and will be repeated, just because that's the way everyone does it. I hope I'm wrong and you're right, but I wouldn't bet my house on it.

Camera Mike

I hope you're right on Raudel Lazo Flav. We could use a good lefty in the pen.

Lou

Yelich will be brought up as soon as he will not be eligible to accelerate his timetable to free agency. Of course, by the time Yelich is eligible for free agency they will probably no longer be called the Miami marlins and the stadium will be used for tractor pulls and demolition derby, which you can see on I-95 anyway for free.

Flav C.

Camera, he did really well on High A league. He goes after lefty AND right batters. Saw him on multiple-innings type of relieve several times while in Jupiter.
I knew he did great by watching him, but I just took a peak at his stats last season and are really good.
2.44 ERA, 3.81 SO/BB and 9.3 SO/9. This is exactly what any team look for a bullpen guy.
He played a few innings during ST this season, and a lot of coaches were pleasantly surprised.

Stan, if Turner "turns" out to be a reliable #4 or #5 , I will have no doubt the Anibal/Infante trade was very positive, with Flynn, Brantly, and Turner.

Flav C.

Stan,

Yelich is listed day-to-day.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

The MAAArlins score a run!!! The MAAArlins score a run!!! The MAAArlins score a run!!! The MAAArlins score a run!!! The MAAArlins score a run!!!

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Hey, we're on a pace to score 54 runs this year!!! Of course, we're also on a 0-162 pace, but hey... nobody's perfect!

Jeffrey "Madoff" Loria

I can easily see this team losing between 105 and 115 games. This may be one of the worst professional teams ever assembled in any sport.

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