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Florida Marlins Talking Points: Bryan Peterson optioned, but don’t expect Mike Stanton yet

 

by Joe Capozzi The team made a roster move after tonight’s game, optioning outfielder Bryan Petersen to Class AAA New Orleans. A player will be called up tomorrow to take Petersen’s place.

 

But I don’t think Mike Stanton is the player coming up tomorrow. I think the team will look to replace left-hitting Petersen with another lefty bat to come off the bench.

 

As reporters were leaving manager Fredi Gonzalez’s office after his post-game session, someone asked if the player to be called up had the initials ‘M S’.

 

Gonzalez kind of frowned and shook his head ‘no,’ before injecting some humor with the reply: “You mean Mike Schmidt?�

 

Stanton went 0-for-3 today in Class AA Jacksonville’s 3-0 win.

 

A likelier choice would come from Class AAA New Orleans — Emilio Bonifacio (who’s on the 40-man roster) or Mike Lamb.

 

Bonifacio, a switch-hitter, is batting .289. He can play infield and outfield, which would give the Marlins a bit more versatility with the bench.

 

Coghlan not sweating Stanton, either

Don’t rule out the possibility of Chris Coghlan and Cameron Maybin platooning in left field once Mike Stanton is called up.

 

Like Maybin, Coghlan said he isn’t sweating about the possibility of reduced playing time when Stanton arrives.

 

“It’s not on my radar,� said Coghlan. “In any job you focus on things you can control. There’s too many things in life you can’t control.

 

“If you live and die by the failures in every game, you’ll go crazy. You’ve got to stay as even-keeled as you can with your mindset and know that you’ll persevere and by the end of the year you’ll be where you need to be.�

 

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team could go with 11 pitchers, meaning the team could carry both Coghlan and Maybin. Fredi also suggested that Stanton could hit second or seventh.

 

Stanton could be up in the first week of June. Coghlan repeated that he’s not worried about losing his job.

 

“In your job, my job, anybody’s job, you focus on things you can control. You can’t focus on things you can’t control,� he said.

 

“I definitely think a lot of it comes down to what have you done for me lately. This job is very frontline. If you fail or succeed, everybody knows about it. It’s very cutthroat from that aspect of it. As athletes, as baseball players, we don’t get caught up in things we can’t control. We can’t.�

 

Baker rehab assignment this weekend?

Catcher John Baker (sore right elbow) hit flips in the batting cage today. He’ll try to take pre-game batting practice with the team Thursday and then play in a few Gulf Coast League games.

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Curious who it will be, at noon (11:58am) still nothing on either of MLB or Marlins sites, nor Goggle News.

 

You would think were it someone from inside the organization usually by now the local media knows that player X got a phone call last night or is not with the team, etc.

 

Capozzi on Twitter

 

Hearing #Marlins will bring up LHP Taylor Tankersley from AAA -- Fredi told us it'd b position player, though stay tuned

 

Frisaro

 

I revised my blog. I'm hearing LHP Taylor Tankersley is getting called up

 

 

 

means the Marlins will be playing games short a position player / pinch-hitter

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Tankersley, at least on paper is all over the map. Last six games, one strikeout, but last ten games, one earned run. Righties hitting .311 against, lefties .143 so his use will probably be as a LOOGY.

 

Personally I dislike that but in these days of specialties I guess it's a necessity with the Braves tonight and then the Phillies coming to town.

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Tankersley, at least on paper is all over the map. Last six games, one strikeout, but last ten games, one earned run. Righties hitting .311 against, lefties .143 so his use will probably be as a LOOGY.

 

Personally I dislike that but in these days of specialties I guess it's a necessity with the Braves tonight and then the Phillies coming to town.

 

 

Well, those numbers are insignificant because of our manager and his issues will bullpen, err...management.

 

Tank will probably be used for entire innings, or to face whomever happens to be batting when he is ready to throw. Pinto, despite the fact that he is better, in fact quite good, against righties, will continue to be used against the Ryan Howards and Jason Heywards of our division.

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