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LoMo to start extended spring training play Tuesday; Solano likely headed to DL

SAN DIEGO -- Here are a few Marlins health updates from manager Mike Redmond on Monday before the Fish kickoff a three-game set here at Petco Park against the Padres.

> The time has finally come for Logan Morrison. Redmond said the first baseman will begin playing in extended spring training games Tuesday. Morrison, who had knee surgery this off-season, hasn't played in a game since July 28.

"He's been able to run the bases and do his stuff," Redmond said. "He's ready for some game action. He'll be able to go out there and start getting some at-bats."

> Barring a surprise development expect the Marlins to make a move to send second baseman Donovan Solano to the disabled list. Redmond said Solano can field, but can't hit because of an intercostal strain.

> Catcher Jeff Mathis, who missed just about all of spring training with a fractured right clavicle, will be moving up to Double A Jacksonville on Tuesday according to Redmond. Mathis played in his fourth game in Single A Jupiter Monday night. He's gone 4-for-14 with four RBI since returning to game action.

Despite his promotion, Redmond said the Marlins don't really have a time frame for Mathis' return.

"He didn't have a spring training. We're going off how he feels, how that shoulder is," Redmond said. "As a catcher you got to build your legs and build your arm strength up. It's no telling how long that takes. He's a professional. When he says he's ready he'll be ready."

> All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, is still doing treatments and not running yet.

MONDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (10-22): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Chris Valaika 2B, 3. Placido Polanco 3B, 4. Justin Ruggiano CF, 5. Marcell Ozuna RF, 6. Greg Dobbs 1B, 7. Rob Brantly C, 8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 9. Wade LeBlanc LHP

> Padres (13-18): 1. Chris Denorfia CF, 2. Everth Cabrera SS, 3. Chase Headley 3B, 4. Carlos Quentin LF, 5. Kyle Blanks RF, 6. Yonder Alonso 1B, 7. Jedd Gyorko 2B, 8. Nick Hundley C, 9. Andrew Cashner RHP.

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Lou

SloMo starting "extended" spring training will be along the same time lines as Jamaica initiating its nuclear program. Would really like to see Mathis instead of Olivo who continues to give up AB's. Stranded 9 base runners in his 1st 3 AB's yesterday.

Misty

Jeff Mathis hits like Johnny Mathis ,in a lower key. Chances Are.

Marlin Fan

Why even mention this ? Is this really news worthy ?

Sunny Dee

Solano can field but can't hit? Doesn't that make him better than most of the Marlins current lineup?

Flav C.

Sunny Dee,

When Red says "Solano can field", he is probably talking about the physical aspect, because the truth is that Solano right now is the worst 2B in the NL, as far as fielding. Don't need to trust me, just take a quick glance at where he ranks as far as fielding pctg and errors.

So, basically, Solano "can field"...but he "can't field".

Jojo

This is my first Marlins post this season as I m NOT following them this year.I now wear only (rarely however)my old FLORIDA MARLINS shirt.It s black it s got colorful lettering but Miami????Forget it.Don t have a clue what their record is though I sometimes see on TV they win 1 of about 5 games it seems.Whatever.Go Heat,Go Canes,Go Phins.

Flav C.

And since we're talking about fielding, I don't think anybody who knows a bit of baseball would be surprised at who is the leading 3B in the entire major league, as far as fielding.

Buster Olney had a nice little article the other day about this young man's glove and fielding abilities.

rfdtd@aol.com

Anyway to expand the DL? There are plenty of these guys that should go on the list like an old person goes to the nursing home or when you finally have to put down that old dog.

And, there are a number of Triple AAA veterans on this team that need to be anywhere but the Majors.

Finally how about putting Loria and his lackeys on the DL: permanently?

South Florida deserves better from their baseball product and we need owners that have the brains and dollars to win!

Who's on first base

hey flav, that kid is Dominguez...slick 3B and he'll do just fine in Houston. And to think we traded him and a 2nd round pitcher (Rasmussen) for a bag of potatoes (Carlos Lee).

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