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Stanton exits in second inning

Marlins slugger Mike Stanton was removed from Sunday's exhibition in the second inning with what appears to be a right ankle ailment.


Stanton stumbled and fell to the ground after chopping a ground-ball back to University of Miami pitcher Michael Rudman. Immediately, assistant trainer Mike Kozak tended to the 21-year-old, who walked off the field.


Stanton was replaced by Scott Cousins in right field.


In the first inning, Stanton belted a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from Rudman.


The exact nature of Stanton's ailment has not yet been disclosed.


Before the bottom of the third, Stanton went into a golf cart, and he was driven back to the Marlins clubhouse.


-- Joe Frisaro

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Today's updates:

Florida Marlins won’t rush Mike Stanton back into action

by Joe Capozzi


Mike Stanton told the team that his strained right quad felt better this morning, but the Marlins still won’t know the severity of the injury for at least another day or two.


“He came into today. He felt better but still it’s too early to tell,� said manager Edwin Rodriguez.


“The trainer is going to wait two or three more days and see how he feels, and then he will have a better idea of how serious the injury is. But he walked in this morning and he felt much better than last night. Obviously that’s a good sign.�


But it’s not good enough of a sign to allow the Marlins to speculate on how soon Stanton will return to the lineup.


“They want to wait and see, is it going to get worse? Is it going to get better?� Edwin said.


This early, talking about Michael Stanton we want to make sure he’s going to be 100 percent next time he is on the field. It depends how everything shows in the next two or three days.�


Bryan Petersen is in the starting lineup in right field for Florida’s Grapefruit League opener today against the Cardinals…


Aside from Dewayne Wise and Scott Cousins, Josh Kroeger will also get action in right field. Kroeger, a non-roster invitee who hit well in the Venezuela Winter League, came to cmap as a first baseman.


Omar Poveda looked good in a simulated game this morning. Poveda, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, came to the Marlins with Evan Reed from the Texas Rangers last summer in the Jorge Cantu trade.


Catcher John Baker, who is also recovering from Tommy John surgery, batted this morning against Poveda. ..


Javier Vazquez’s fastball topped out at 88 mph yesterday but the Marlins are not concerned because it’s so early in spring.


Vazquez struck out three in two hitless innings against the University of Miami. He threw eight pitches in the first inning, seven for strikes…


Edwin said he’d like Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy to break camp with the team. Murphy is progressing well in his recovery from surgery to repair a dislocated wrist.

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Florida Marlins: Mike Stanton feeling better; Donnie Murphy poised to make club

by: Juan C. Rodriguez February 28th, 2011 | 10:48 AM Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Mike Stanton arrived Monday feeling much better than he did a day earlier, when he strained his right quad running out a tapper back to the pitcher in the exhibition opener against the Hurricanes. Stanton will continue receiving treatment for the next two or three days. The Marlins want to see how it responds before determining when he might see game action again.


“It’s too early to tell,� Rodriguez said. “They’re waiting to see if he’s going to get worse or get better. This early and taking about Michael Stanton, we want to make sure he’s going to be 100 percent next time he’s one the field.�…


Had Donnie Murphy not dislocated his wrist last Sept. 1, President of Baseball Operations Admin Beinfest said the Marlins would have offered him a guaranteed contract. Murphy is in camp on a minor-league deal because neither he nor the Marlins were confident he would be ready for Opening Day. That no longer appears to be the case.


Murphy entered Sunday’s exhibition at short in place of Hanley Ramirez and thus far he’s been able to do everything without any discomfort. If he’s healthy, Rodriguez said Murphy is all but a lock to make the Opening Day roster.


“We’re all very surprised how he has rehabbed his injury,� Rodriguez said. “We’re very positive about the situation, although we’ve been very careful anyway. Some days, maybe twice a week, he’s not going to be swinging a bat even [though] he’s feeling better. We weren’t counting on him being on the team because of his injury. We saw last year what he’s capable of doing. In my opinion, he has nothing to prove. It was a matter of him being healthy. I would like to take him with us Opening Day. Let’s see how everything plays out.�


The Marlins already have Wes Helms, Emilio Bonifacio and probably Brett Hayes as the backup catcher for the bench. Add Murphy and that leaves one spot for a left-handed hitter.

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The good news is Mike Stanton came into camp on Monday morning feeling better. But time will tell how long the Marlins right fielder will be out with a strained right quad.


Stanton suffered the injury while sprinting to first base on a ground out on Sunday in Florida's 9-8 loss to the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.


"He came in today, and he felt better," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "But still, it's too early to tell. The trainers are going to wait two or three more days to see how he feels. Then, he will have a better idea of how serious the injury is."


It's encouraging that Stanton is feeling better, but it will be several days, if not a week or more before he is expected back.


The team is being extra cautious.


Items of note from Rodriguez's morning session with the media:


* Donnie Murphy is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist. If he continues to show he is healthy, Murphy has a strong chance to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. Rodriguez said he would like to keep both Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio.


* Gaby Sanchez is batting cleanup in place of Stanton.


* Bryan Petersen is getting the starting nod in right field on Monday. Dewayne Wise is playing center field as Chris Goghlan gets the day off. Wise is getting an opportunity now that Stanton is out for a little while. Petersen, Scott Cousins and Josh Kroeger also will see time in right field.


* John Baker took some swings in a simulated game on Monday morning. Omar Poveda and Alex Sanabia each threw in the sim game.


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see Maddux, Greg


That is incredibly uninformed and superficial.


You seem to be assuming that velocity is the dominant mode of differentation between pitchers. Of course, guys who throw in the low 90s and high 80s can be successful, but their success can be attributed to a basket of extraneous performance features.


For one, Vazquez has a much higher flyball rate than Maddux had. A lot of Vazquez's previous success was attributed to being able to overpower pitchers.

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