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36 posts from July 2013

July 06, 2013

Nolasco trade to the Dodgers reportedly "imminent"

CBSSports.com, FOXSports.com and MLB.com are among the news agencies reporting that the Marlins have a deal in place to send pitcher Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers as early as Saturday evening.

According to the reports, the Dodgers would absorb Nolasco's remaining $11.5 million salary for this season and likely send the Marlins three minor-leaguers.

A few teams including the Dodgers were rumored in recent weeks to be interested in Nolasco, 30, who is 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA this season in 18 starts.

Nolasco would fit in the Dodgers rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Nolasco is the Marlins' all-time leader in wins (81), games started (197) and innings pitched (1,225 2/3).

July 05, 2013

Miguel Olivo clears waivers and elects free agency


The Marlins announced Thursday that catcher Miguel Olivo has cleared waivers and elected free agency.   

Olivo, 34, was taken off the restricted list Wednesday and designated him for assignment. Olivo was placed on the restricted list June 15 a day after he left the team after the first inning of a game against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.

Olivo was unhappy about his lack of playing time with the Marlins choosing to go more often to a rotation of 23-year old Rob Brantly and 30-year old Jeff Mathis, who had recently returned from the disabled list.

Olivo hit .203 with four home runs this season prior to the incident.

July 04, 2013

Marlins send P Tom Koehler to NOLA, move OF Matt Diaz to 60-day DL


To make room for Henderson Alvarez on the roster and in the team’s starting rotation, the Marlins optioned rookie Tom Koehler to Triple-A New Orleans.

            Alvarez was expected to make his first start of the season Thursday after returning from the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

            Koehler had been in the rotation since May 12 and made 10 starts going 1-5 with a 4.70 ERA. In his last start Tuesday, Koehler finished with a no-decision after pitching five innings and allowing three runs (two earned).

            Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Koehler would continue to start for the time being at New Orleans.

            “I thought Tom did a good job when he was here giving us some flexibility where he could start and come in out of the bullpen,” Redmond said. “He got some valuable experience. He threw the ball well and threw strikes and did all the things we talked about in Spring Training that he needed to do to be successful. He got some opportunities because guys were hurt, but now guys are coming back.”

            The Marlins also transferred outfielder Matt Diaz to the 60-day disabled list.

Tonight's lineups

Marlins (31-52): Ruggiano lf; Lucas 3b; Stanton rf; Morrison 1b; Ozuna cf; Dietrich 2b; Hechavarria ss; Mathis c; Alvarez p.

Braves (49-35): Simmons ss; Heyward rf; J. Upton lf; Freeman 1b; McCann c; Uggla 2b; B.J. Upton cf; C. Johnson 3b; Teheran p.

July 03, 2013

Nolasco still a Marlin and starting Wednesday

Ricky Nolasco was still a Miami Marlin as of Wednesday evening and scheduled to make his 18th start of the season.

Logan Morrison was held out of the lineup following his rough run-in with a charging Kris Medlen in the third inning of Tuesday night's game.

Morrison was turned around in mid-air as he collided with Medlen while reaching for a throw from Placido Polanco that was wide a couple of feet down the first-base line. Morrison landed hard on his right hip and elbow but remained in the game after being attended to for a few minutes by the Marlins training staff.

The Marlins have gone 13-8 since June 9 when Morrison came off the disabled list.

"[Morrison] landed pretty hard on his back, and his back has been bothering him the past week to 10 days," Redmond said. "We thought to get him out of there and give him a day [off], especially against a lefty, and hopefully he’ll be feeling better [Thursday]."

The Marlins reinstated catcher Miguel Olivo from the restricted list and designated him for assignment. The Marlins have 10 days to either work out a trade for Olivo or release him outright.

July 02, 2013

Donovan Solano recalled from minors; Pierre in lineup Tuesday

Donovan Solano was back in the Marlins clubhouse Tuesday after being recalled from NOLA. Solano was on the DL from May 7-June 9 and brought back after the team optioned OF Jordan Brown following Monday night's win against the Padres.

Solano hit safely in all 17 games he played following his reinstatement going .379 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI.

Solano was not in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Juan Pierre was, however, back in the leadoff spot and playing left field. Pierre has not played since this past Friday as Justin Ruggiano has started the past three games (all Marlins wins) going 3 for 12 with a triple.

Ruggiano went 0 for 4 Monday.

July 01, 2013

Marlins no longer worst team in majors

The standings don't lie. For the first time since May 15, the Marlins don't have the worst record in the majors. The Houston Astros sunk back to the bottom of the 30-team slag heap on Monday when they lost and the Marlins won.

And given that the Marlins reached the halfway point, playing their 81st game in Monday's win over the Padres, it's a perfect time to assess fan mood. Give us your feedback. Are you feeling any better about the Marlins -- at least from a long-term perspective -- now than you were previously? Are your hopes restored with the 15-10 June and winning start to July (actually, the Marlins have gone 17-10 over their past 27 games)?

Or do the Marlins remain undeserving of praise?

Tell us how you'll think they'll perform over the 81 remaining games? Do they remain in last in the N.L. East? Or do they start passing teams like the Mets and others, at last in terms of overall record? When do you think they'll contend? 2014? 2015? (Never, this is all a big mirage?)

Fire away! Tell us what you think.