May 27, 2009

Hanley not in lineup

PHILADELPHIA - Hanley Ramirez is not in the Marlins lineup Wednesday. He left Tuesday's game with tightness in his right groin.

He has been replaced at short by Emilio Bonifacio.

The lineup: Bonifacio SS, Coghlan LF, Uggla 2B, Cantu 1B, Hermida RF, Ross CF, Baker C, Helms 3B and Badenhop P.

May 26, 2009

Hanley: "I'll let them make the decision"

PHILADELPHIA -- Hanley Ramirez didn't feel right after stretching to reach first base on his infield single in the third inning Tuesday night. And he didn't feel right after he went back on the field to play defense moments later.

So when the time was right, he decided to get out of the game. “I think I hit [the base] too hard,” Ramirez said. “I kept feeling it when I came out to play defense. I just told myself I don’t want to get it aggravated. I want to take care of it right now. So, I left the game.”

Now, we'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to see if and when Ramirez will be back. “I’m going to go day-by-day, see how it feels,” Ramirez said. “If I’m 85, 90, 95 percent, I’ll let them know and they’ll make the decision whether I play or not.”

Asked whether he might be able to pinch hit Wednesday, Ramirez said: "I can do whatever they want me to do. That's what I'm here for. I'm just going to let them know how I feel. They can make the decision so it's not on me."

> The Marlins whiffed 13 times Tuesday night -- 11 times against starter Joe Blanton, who had a 7.11 ERA coming in. It shouldn't be much of a surprise. The Marlins lead all of baseball in whiffs with 402.

"He was just locating all his pitches, locating his fastball, getting his slider working," said Marlins outfielder Cody Ross, who had three of the Marlins six hits. "He was just really good tonight. He didn't make too many mistakes. We just never got anything going until the ninth."

> After the game, the Marlins optioned reliver Chris Leroux back to Double A Jacksonville. Laroux pitched the final two innings after Andrew Miller, giving up three hits and one earned run on 25 pitches.

Hanley Ramirez (groin) leaves in 3rd

PHILADELPHIA -- Marlins star shorstop Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday night's game against the Phillies in the bottom of the third inning with tightness in his right groin.

Ramirez was taken out with two outs in the bottom half of the third after Marlins trainer Mike Kozak and manager Fredi Gonzalez came out to check on him. Ramirez reached on an infield single in the top half of the third, but came out to play defense the following inning and didn't show any signs of injury until he asked for a time out.

He was replaced in the lineup by Monday's hero Wes Helms, who moved into third base while Emilio Bonifacio moved over to shortstop. Bonifacio played shortstop for an inning earlier this season.

The Marlins trail the Phillies 3-0.

Ramirez is hitting .317 this season eight home runs, 22 RBI and eight stolen bases. He's second in All-Star voting at shortstop behind Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy.

Ramirez missed three games at the end of April with a wrist injury after being plunked on the hand by John Maine. Ramirez missed a total of only 22 games in his first full three seasons with the Marlins.

May 02, 2009

Friday notebook: Hanley will play with pain

CHICAGO -- After going four games without Hanley Ramirez in the lineup, the Marlins look like they will be getting him back full-time beginning Saturday -- pain included.

Hanley Ramirez, injured in Monday's loss to the Mets, returned to action Friday. Ramirez, who couldn't take more than 10 swings off a tee Thursday because of the pain in his right wrist, got two at-bats in Friday's 8-6 loss to the Cubs after entering the game in the seventh.

He walked in his first plate appearance, then batted with the tying run on base and with two outs in the ninth. But he missed an 0-2 pitch from former Marlins closer Kevin Gregg and flew out to center field to end the game.

‘‘It pinches each time I swing, but I've got to go with it," said Ramirez, who was unable to persuade manager Fredi Gonzalez before the game to get back into the starting lineup.

‘‘I feel it every time I grab the bat. But I can swing. The swelling is a little bit better. But I've got to take it. I want to be out there."

Had the Marlins been able to hold on to their 5-2 lead, there was a very good chance Ramirez would have waited until Saturday to play. According to Gonzalez, his plan was to give Ramirez another day off. But after the Cubs took the lead, Gonzalez made the move.

‘‘He's good to go," Gonzalez said. "He had two good at-bats, and he'll be good to go tomorrow."

FANCY GLOVE WORK: After making the game-saving catch in the ninth Thursday, Alfredo Amezaga was flashing his leather again Friday.

First, he denied Derrick Derrek Lee of a single in the third by diving deep in the hole -- about three feet into the grass in left field -- and throwing out Lee by a step at first. Then, with runners at the corners in the fourth, he yanked an Alfonso Soriano grounder around the same spot and got the force out at second to end the inning.

All around, it was a good day for the Marlins defensively. Third baseman Emilio Bonifacio made a leaping snag with the bases loaded in the second, and then a diving stab down the third-base line in the seventh.

‘‘They made some gems over there, and [Jorge] Cantu had one, too, at first base," Gonzalez said. "I'm real pleased with the way Boni is developing. It looks like he's real comfortable over there at third base.

‘‘Amezaga, if it wasn't that we got the loss, he would have won the game again. He's amazing.”

SCORING CHANGE: Major League Baseball made an official scoring change in Jeremy Hermida's favor for the April 28 game at New York.

A sixth-inning play that was originally charged an error to David Wright has been changed to credit Hermida with an infield single and RBI.

Not sure why the notebook didn't get online, but this is what ran in Saturday's local newspaper.

May 01, 2009

Hanley could pinch hit today

CHICAGO -- Hanley Ramirez tried to make his case Friday. Three hours before the first pitch here at Wrigley, he walked into manager Fredi Gonzalez's office and asked him why he wasn't in the lineup.

Here's the good news for Fish fans: While Ramirez won't play except maybe in a pinch hitter role Friday, it definitely looks more promising than it did yesterday that could be back in the lineup Saturday.

"He definitely wants to get back in there," Gonzalez said. "He's a competitive guy. He took nine, 10 swings off the tee yesterday and he's feeling good. But I told him he's got to do a little more than that. I don't want him to aggravate the [wrist] injury. I just want to be sure he's alright before I put him back in there."

Ramirez will be substituted by Alfredo Amezaga in the lineup at shortstop for the fourth consecutive game after taking a John Maine fastball to his wrist in the first inning Monday.

Here's who'll start for the Marlins today: 1. Emilio Bonifacio 3B, 2. Cameron Maybin CF, 3. Jeremy Hermida LF, 4. Jorge Cantu 1B, 5. Dan Uggla 2B, 6. John Baker C, 7. Ross Gload RF, 8. Alfredo Amezaga SS, 9. Graham Taylor P

SCOREBOARD WATCHING: Chicago fans weren't the only ones watching the NBA scoreboard updates at Wrigley Thursday night. Gonzalez was keeping an eye on it, too.

"I was trying to see how the Magic were doing," said Gonzalez, who is close friends with former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy. "But the dang scoreboard here didn't flash the complete score. All I saw was Philadelphia's, not Orlando's. I was definitely happy to see Stan and the guys were able to pull it out."

For what it's worth, Gonzalez said he's a Heat fan, too.He says he'll be watching Game 6 of Miami's series against the Hawks closely tonight once the Marlins finish Game 2 today against the Cubs.

September 21, 2008

Marlins-Phillies home finale; Hanley takes BP, but will not start

Hey guys,

Andre Fernandez here filling in for Clark and Mike today at the ball park as the Marlins wrap up the home slate against the Phils.

Suffice to say if we thought the Fish couldn't lose before last night's game, they can afford it even less from here on. A loss today would put them 6 1/2 behind Philly and at least 5, maybe 6 behind the Mets.

A win keeps their faint hopes alive - 4 1/2 behind Philly, 4 or 5 behind Mets with a 3-gamer next weekend at Shea.

Hanley Ramirez is still not in the starting lineup but he did take batting practice for the first time since he's been out and hit a couple out and others toward the warning track. Ramirez has missed the past three games and is expected sit out again today, although he said if he felt good enough, he'd like to possibly come in and pinch hit.

Here are the starting lineups for today.

FLORIDA (81-73)

1. Cameron Maybin cf

2. John Baker c

3. Jorge Cantu 3b

4. Mike Jacobs 1b

5. Dan Uggla 2b

6. Josh Willingham lf

7. Cody Ross rf

8. Alfredo Amezaga ss

9. Chris Volstad p


1. Jimmy Rollins ss

2. Chase Utley 2b

3. Jayson Werth rf

4. Ryan Howard 1b

5. Pat Burrell lf

6. Shane Victorino cf

7. Gregg Dobbs 3b

8. Carlos Ruiz c

9. Jaime Moyer p

September 20, 2008

Saturday's lineups--Hanley Ramirez out until at least Monday (updated Marlins lose.)


The Marlins lost 3-2 Saturday night, ending their nine-game winning streak and costing them ground in the playoff hunt. With eight games left the Marlins now are a longshot to make it. They are 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Phillies and 4 1/2 behind the Mets in the wildcard race.


The Marlins will play their third straight game without injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez Saturday night. Ramirez injured his shoulder while diving for a ground ball Wednesday and still is sore. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the best-case scenario would be Ramirez returning for Monday's game against Cincinnati.

A Marlins win Saturday night against the Phillies would be important to keep Florida's playoff hopes alive, but also would give the team a franchise-record 10th consecutive win.

Reminder: Sunday is the Marlins' regular season home finale.

Now for the lineups...


1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Chase Utley, 2B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Pat Burrell, LF

6. Shane Victorino, CF

7. Greg Dobbs, 3B

8. Carlos Ruiz, C

9. Joe Blanton, RHP


1. Cameron Maybin, CF

2. John Baker, C

3. Jorge Cantu, 3B

4. Mike Jacobs, 1B

5. Dan Uggla, 2B

6. Josh Willingham, LF

7. Cody Ross, RF

8. Alfredo Amezaga, SS

9. Anibal Sanchez, RHP

September 19, 2008

Friday's lineup/Hanley Ramirez still out

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss a second straight game since injuring his left shoulder during Wednesday's game. Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Friday night's game against the Phillies that Ramirez is "doing better than yesterday."

"For me to say he's going to miss the whole series, I'm not there yet," Gonzalez said.

It remains to be seen whether Ramirez will be ready on Saturday. Ramirez was icing his shoulder with a big ace bandage wrapped around it during pregame. Rookie Cameron Maybin again will bat leadoff and play centerfield, and Alfredo Amezaga will be at shortstop again while Ramirez is out.

Now for the lineups...


1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Chase Utley, 2B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Pat Burrell, LF

6. Shane Victorino, CF

7. Gregg Dobbs, 3B

8. Chris Coste, C

9. Brett Myers, P


1. Cameron Maybin, CF

2. John Baker, C

3. Jorge Cantu, 3B

4. Mike Jacobs, 1B

5. Dan Uggla, 2B

6. Luis Gonzalez, LF

7. Cody Ross, RF

8. Alfredo Amezaga, SS

9. Josh Johnson, P

-Sarah Rothschild

September 18, 2008

Hanley Ramirez Out of Lineup With Sore Shoulder

          Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in the starting lineup because of the left shoulder injury he sustained Wednesday. Ramirez said it's possible he could return to the lineup in a day or two, but winced as he pulled on an undershirt while discussing the injury with reporters. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said it's doubtful that he would even use Ramirez as a pinch-runner, and it's unlikely he would take batting practice before tonight's game.

       Cameron Maybin will bat leadoff and play center field while Alfredo Amezaga will start at short and bat eighth.

       Ramirez injured the shoulder while diving for a ground ball in the third inning on Wednesday. He said he continued to feel discomfort when he tried to swing the bat. But he said he did not hear a "pop" or any other sound that would be cause for alarm. Ramirez underwent surgery on the shoulder after the 2007 season, but he said this is the first time it's given him any trouble since then.

     "It's a little bit stiff," Ramirez said. "I wasn't able to finish my swing and follow through like I'm used to."

       Marlins: CF Cameron Maybin, C John Baker, 3B Jorge Cantu, 1B Mike Jacobs, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Josh Willingham, RF Cody Ross, SS Alfredo Amezaga, P Scott Olsen.

       Astros: 2B Kaz Matsui, SS Miguel Tejada, 1B Lance Berkman, RF Hunter Pence, 1B Mark Loretta, LF Ty Wigginton, CF Reggie Abercrombie, C J. R. Towles, P Alberto Arias.

September 17, 2008

Hanley Ramirez leaves game with sore shoulder

Can the Marlins win without Hanley Ramirez?

They might have to find out. Ramirez had a huge game Wednesday night, belting two home runs in his first two at-bats against the Astros, but he left the game in the fifth inning with a lleft shoulder strain, and was listed as day-to-day, but the Marlins can only hope their best player returns this season. Ramirez appeared to hurt his shoulder when he struck out in his third at-bat.

The Marlins have 11 games left after tonight, and they still believe they have a chance to reach the playoffs, but that slim chance – and it is incredibly slim – looks even slimmer without Ramirez.

Ramirez was replaced in the lineup by Cameron Maybin, who played center field. Center fielder Alfredo Amezaga took over for Ramirez at shortstop. It was Maybin’s first appearance as Marlin. He promptly singled up the middle in his first at-bat as a Marlin.

Then Maybin made a running catch in deep center on Hunter Pence’s sixth-inning drive. The Marlins haven’t seen anyone run like that in center field since Juan Pierre left.

Maybin would be the logical choice to replace Ramirez as the leadoff hitter with Amezaga taking over at shortstop and hitting at the bottom of the order. Ramirez, who has 32 homers and 33 stolen bases, was leading the majors in runs scored with 119 and he was leading the Marlins in hitting (.294), hits (168), walks (90), and stolen bases -- and he was tied with Mike Jacobs for the lead in home runs.