02/27/12 3:10 PM EST
Reyes continues to bond with Hanley
New left side of Marlins' infield co-existing just fine
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
After Jose Reyes signed as a free agent in early December, many wondered how the four-time All-Star shortstop would co-exist with Hanley Ramirez, who is shifting to third base.
"I knew all those rumors were coming," Reyes said. "But Hanley and me, we have a very good relationship. I've known Hanley for a very long time. We've been in the World Baseball Classic together on the same team."
They both previously played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, and in the offseason they talked while in their native country.
Since the start of the Marlins' caravan two weeks ago, Reyes and Ramirez have been together almost on a daily basis. When Reyes arrived in South Florida in preparation for Spring Training, he visited Ramirez's house.
"Even here, the first day we've been together," Reyes said. "I've been to his house playing PlayStation together. I don't know where those rumors [that we didn't get along] came from. We're both very happy. We both want to win. We want to be on the field. We have a very good relationship."
The Marlins envision Reyes and Ramirez forming arguably the best left side of the infield in the big leagues.
"I said to him, 'When you are playing third base, you're going to have the instincts of a shortstop, and that means you're going to cover a lot of ground,'" Reyes said. "That's great for our left side. We want to stay healthy and have a good season. I know if we both stay healthy, we're going to do something special for this team."
Recovered from surgery, Reed impressing
JUPITER, Fla. -- Time away has given Evan Reed plenty of perspective.
The right-hander has recovered from Tommy John surgery, and he's making an impression in Marlins camp.
Manager Ozzie Guillen singled out Reed a couple of days ago, impressed with how the 26-year-old is throwing the ball. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder was acquired from the Rangers, along with right-hander Omar Poveda, for Jorge Cantu in July 2010.
Shortly after the trade, Reed made one appearance for Double-A Jacksonville before feeling tightness in his elbow.
Reed underwent Tommy John surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews on Sept. 17, 2010, and he was back throwing 10 months later.
"Last year was one of those long, tough years where you realized how important baseball is to you," Reed said. "You don't take anything for granted. So when I get an opportunity to make an impression, I try to take advantage of it.
"Every pitcher deals with arm tightness, soreness. My first outing out in Jacksonville, I felt something I had never felt before. I hoped I could ask the manager for a few days, and it would go away. It didn't. The next thing you know, I had surgery with Dr. Andrews and was doing rehab."
Reed appeared in 19 Minor League games in 2011, with 11 at Class A Jupiter.
He likely will open at either Jacksonville or Triple-A New Orleans, but the way he's throwing, he may position himself for a big league opportunity this year.
While with the Rangers, Reed picked up some helpful advice from Nolan Ryan.
"He really just instilled, if you wanted to get somewhere in this game, you have to have a great work ethic," Reed said. "You have to have routine. You're going to have to know what works for you and do it. There's going to be a lot of other things going on, a lot of other things you can't control. You can only worry about what you can control."
Marlins have tentative lineups for exhibitions
JUPITER, Fla. -- A week away from their first spring games, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen already is planning ahead.
The Marlins have some tentative lineups set for their exhibitions against two college teams on March 6-7.
On March 6, the Marlins face the University of Miami Hurricanes at Marlins Park. They follow up that meeting on March 7 against Florida International University. Both are 7:10 p.m. ET starts.
The Marlins actually will be playing split-squad games on those two days. On March 6, the Tigers are at Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 p.m., and the Mets are in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. on March 7.
Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco are slated to start against the college teams, with the order of pitchers yet to be decided by Guillen.
The position players expected to make the trip to face the University of Miami are Aaron Rowand (CF), Donnie Murphy (SS), Hanley Ramirez (3B), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), John Buck (C), Austin Kearns (RF), Scott Cousins (DH) and Nick Green (2B).
Against FIU, the Marlins are sending Jose Reyes (SS), Emilio Bonifacio (CF), Greg Dobbs (1B), Mike Stanton (RF), Omar Infante (2B), Chris Coghlan (DH), Bryan Petersen (LF), Brett Hayes (C) and Matt Dominguez (3B).
Ace Josh Johnson isn't going to face the college teams.
"If they see JJ, they may want to stay in school," Guillen joked.
Ozzie offers take on Red Sox's alcohol ban
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Red Sox became the latest big league club to ban alcohol in their clubhouse.
The Marlins already had the rule, and manager Ozzie Guillen had a similar team policy when he was with the White Sox.
"I respect everybody's rules," Guillen said. "I like to give the players responsibility. They are not kids. I will respect the rules they have. I think everybody can run their ballclubs and run their organizations the way they like to run it.
"I'm not going to come here and change rules. You have to respect the rules. Perhaps I can make the rules a little softer, or trust the players a little more."
There are liability issues, which is a big reason why the Marlins have had a no-alcohol policy in place for years.
"They will drink somewhere, somehow," Guillen said. "The thing is, when you have rules like that, now the organization does not have any responsibility about what is going on out there.
"They are just protecting their butt. I don't blame them. They have the rules because of the players; don't blame the organization. They have the rules because the players [messed] the rules up. We think we're invincible. People are watching us like hawks."