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LoMo's knee surgery set for Sept. 5, rehab to last 6 months; Guillen doesn't expect influx of September call-ups

The first time around, Logan Morrison's right knee surgery didn't end up going as planned. He's hoping there won't have to be a third surgery.

Morrison told The Miami Herald Tuesday a second surgery to stitch his right patella tendon together will take place Sept. 5. He said rehab is expected to take six months -- leading him right up to the start of spring training. It's the same surgery Morrison had last December, but never fully recovered from. 

Morrison was one of the bigger disappointments on the team this season. He hit .230 with 11 homers and 36 RBI in 93 games before being shutdown for the remainder of the season earlier this month.


With September right around the corner, one might imagine the Marlins are ready to bring up their entire farm system to get a good look at as many players as possible who might help them in the future. Not so according manager Ozzie Guillen.

"They're all already here," Guillen said of who the Marlins want to look at from their minor league sytem. "They kind of mentioned a couple players. But I don't expect more than three. I always say this -- and this is my belief -- if you bring guys to the big leagues it's because you need them and they deserve it. I see a lot of big leagues teams calling people up hitting .210 because he's a prospect, because he's our guy. I think people should come to the big leagues because they earn it and should be here and not just because they have to be here.

"But I don't expect that many guys to come up here. Obviously, they're going to bring people up. I don't know their names, but they're going to bring two or three guys."


The hot topic in baseball for the past few weeks is how the first-place Nats plan on shutting down ace Stephen Strasburg (15-5, 2.85 ERA) early a year after Tommy John surgery. The normally outspoken Guillen stayed away from controversy Tuesday by saying what the Nats are doing is "nobody's business."

"The thing I respect is that they said it from the beginning of the season. They didn't change anything. I respect that," Guillen said. "Anything else, you have to be Davey [Johnson's] shoes, the general manager shoes and the players shoes. I cannot make any comment about it because they're not on my ballclub."

Guillen said while Stasburg is Washington's best pitcher the Nats can still win the National League. "They're good enough to compete without that kid," Guillen said. "You only need three [starters] I think they could matchup against anybody in the National League."


Right-hander Jacob Turner, who now has seven major league starts under his belt, said he's excited to make his first start at Marlins Park on Wednesday against the first-place Nationals. He went six innings and gave up four hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts and no walks last week in his Marlins debut against Arizona.

Asked what he learned from his first National League start, the 21-year old former ninth overall pick said: "The biggest thing was just my teammates [names] and how [John] Buck calls the game behind the plate. But as far as pitching wise, it wasn't a whole lot different.

"I made some good adjustments probably after the first inning. And that was the key for me."

As for catcher Rob Brantly, who was acquired in the same trade with Detroit, Turner said they have a "great relationship." There is a good chance Brantly will get to catch Turner Wednesday.

"He's only caught me a few times, but he knows what I like to do," Turner said. "If we ever gets the chance to work together, we'll just go from where we were before."

Guillen said he likes that Turner "throws a lot of strikes."

"He just needs to do what he did in Arizona," Guillen said. "Obviously, I'm not expecting that all the time. But stay around there, be consistent and then I don't need to see anything else. We will see if this guy needs more time. But I think the way this guy pitched in Arizona, it was a big step for him. Hopefully, he continues to do it."


The Marlins will give the first 15,000 fans attending Wednesday night's game against the Nationals a Giancarlo Stanton Bobblehead presented by Leon Medical Centers.

The first-time All-Star was named the National League's Player of the Week Monday after leading the league in slugging percentage (.857) and total bases and tied for the lead in homers (5) and second with RBI (8). In a year filled with disappointment for the Marlins, Stanton said being honored is "among the few positives you can get out of a year like this."

"The consistency is really what I want to be there," said Stanton, who had arthroscopic knee surgery just before the All-Star Game in July and missed nearly a month of action. "The past couple years it's been a great two, three weeks and then it's a bad week and a half and back to square one. Consistency is what I'm trying to get to." 

As for the bobblehead, Stanton said he likes it and is hoping to snag few he can send back home to his family.

> As Stanton spoke to reporters Tuesday, teammate Carlos Lee, who is seated in the locker next to the young slugger, had a little fun by poking him in the face with a microphone.

Stanton laughed it off, but then sent the veteran first baseman a little jab back by telling the media: "Carlos? I got to protect him every night. He doesn't know how to protect himself. I got to walk him home and everything."

Lee, known as El Caballo (the Horse), said next to Stanton he's simply "El Caballito" (the pony).


> Nationals (77-50): 1. Jayson Werth RF, 2. Bryce Harper CF, 3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B, 4. Adam LaRoche 1B, 5. Michael Morse LF, 6. Ian Desmond SS, 7. Danny Espinosa 2B, 8. Kurt Suzuki C, 9. Stephen Strasburg P.

> Marlins (58-71): 1. Bryan Petersen LF, 2. Justin Ruggiano CF, 3. Jose Reyes SS, 4. Carlos Lee 1B, 5. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 6. Greg Dobbs 3B, 7. Donovan Solano 2B, 8. Rob Brantly C, 9. Ricky Nolasco P.