03/02/12 8:40 PM ET
West, Sanabia to see starts early in spring
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Josh Johnson gets the nod in Monday's Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the team has split-squad days.
Mark Buehrle will face the University of Miami on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, the team's first game at the new stadium. During the day, Alex Sanabia will start against the Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium.
On Wednesday, Ricky Nolasco will face Florida International University at Marlins Park. In the day game vs. the Mets in Jupiter, Sean West will start.
Carlos Zambrano is lined up to start on Thursday at Port St. Lucie in a second straight meeting with the Mets. And Anibal Sanchez is tentatively set to go on Friday against the Nationals.
Sanchez, however, is dealing with right shoulder soreness, and his start is subject to change.
This is a big Spring Training for West, who is out of options. The 6-foot-8 lefty has dealt with injuries and inconsistencies. He has to make the club or risk being traded or released.
West threw a very impressive live batting-practice session on Friday.
"I'm just trying to stay motivated and forget about the obvious," West said, referring to his past struggles. "It seems like they've got the starters locked up. I'm going to keeping doing what I do and try to make their decision tough."
West could make the club as a long reliever, assuming a rotation spot isn't available.
"He's been throwing the ball very well," pitching coach Randy St. Claire said. "He's doing what he needs to do. He's executing his pitches, command-wise.
"When I took this job three years ago, they said there were two openings. They sent me all the videos. I watched him throw. I said, 'There aren't two openings for me. There's only one. He's got to be the No. 4 guy.' I can't believe you've got better guys than this guy."
West knows he has to prove he belongs now.
Minor setback puts Anibal's debut on hold
JUPITER, Fla. -- Anibal Sanchez's first Grapefruit League start is on hold.
The 28-year-old right-hander experienced some soreness behind his right shoulder after throwing off the mound on Friday. The setback is considered minor. As a precaution, the Marlins will take a wait-and-see approach on when he will make his Grapefruit League debut.
Sanchez was scheduled to throw in an intrasquad scrimmage on Field 2 at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday. That is now highly doubtful.
It's still too early to tell if the right-hander will make his first Grapefruit League start on March 9 against the Nationals.
"If something is sore, I don't want it to get worse," Sanchez said. "We will see if I'm ready."
Sanchez has been one of the Marlins' most durable starters, logging 32 starts in each of the past two years. In 2011, he was 8-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 196 1/3 innings.
"Sanchez has a little soreness," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's not a big deal."
In 2007, the Venezuela native had surgery on his right shoulder. But that procedure was on the front side of his shoulder, and the soreness Sanchez felt on Friday was in the back.
"It's just in the back," he said. "Nothing in the front; that's important. My front is where the surgery was."
On Sunday, Sanchez will have a better idea of when he will throw again.
Marlins tab Feliciano for first national anthem
JUPITER, Fla. -- If all goes according to plan, Jose Reyes will be the first Marlin to lead off a game at the team's new ballpark.
Another Jose, however, is expected to get Opening Night off to a memorable start.
Legendary performer Jose Feliciano will sing the Star-Spangled Banner in the Marlins' April 4 opener against the Cardinals.
The Marlins are planning a grand opening of their new ballpark, a retractable-roof facility with a capacity of 37,000.
The evening will have a Latin flavor. Handling the inaugural Opening Night festivities will be Emilio Estefan, a 19-time Grammy Award-winning producer.
"For the national anthem, we're going to have Jose Feliciano," Estefan said. "Jose Feliciano was the first Hispanic in history to sing the national anthem in the United States. The guy has a lot of emotion. You are going to see rhythm all over the place in this stadium. Every corner that you go in this place, you're going to have a little bit of the Miami feel."
McKeon not a fan of second Wild Card
JUPITER, Fla. -- Two times the Marlins have won the National League Wild Card. And in both cases -- 1997 and 2003 -- they went on to win the World Series.
Jack McKeon managed the 2003 World Series champions, who won 91 games to seal their playoff spot.
Now a special advisor to the Marlins, McKeon is not crazy about MLB's decision to add a second Wild Card.
"If you play all season and get knocked out in a one-game playoff, it's not fair," McKeon said. "It's great for all these extra clubs. Somebody is going to sneak in, and they could win it. That's the sad part.
"To me, it takes a little bit off the whole season. You could win the division and then all of a sudden, you bump into a [hot] Wild Card [winner]."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel also is not a fan of the second Wild Card.
"It's hard to swallow sometimes if you play all year and win a lot of games and somebody who did not play as good as you consistently all year gets in and wins," Manuel told reporters on Thursday. "But that's the way it goes, and that's the process that we live with."
If the second Wild Card were in place in 2003, the Marlins would have played the Astros, who won 87 games.
"We would have played them," McKeon said. "They very easily could have beaten us in one game, and we're gone, after we battled like crazy to get the Wild Card."
'The Petey & LoMo Show' hits the internet
JUPITER, Fla. -- Showtime's reality series, "The Franchise," isn't the only show that will be chronicling the Marlins on and off the field.
SB Nation, which has its own Youtube channel, is airing "The Petey & LoMo Show." The first episode, which lasted four minutes and 14 seconds, was released on Thursday.
The cameras follow Marlins outfielders Bryan Petersen and Logan Morrison at their Spring Training residence, and what they do in their spare time. The two are seen riding Vespa Scooters, wearing biker gear, fishing and having fun around town.
"It's basically as real as you can get to what LoMo and I would do, once we come home from the field," Petersen said. "It's supposed to be entertaining. It's supposed to be funny."
Petersen has a production company called Legit Films, based out of California. "The Petey & LoMo Show" is being co-produced by Legit Films and SB Nation.
"SB Nation has their own Youtube channel, and we've agreed to use that platform," Petersen said.
In all seven episodes, four to seven minutes in length, have been shot. They will air on Tuesday and Thursday nights for the next three weeks.
"It's a tough process," Petersen said. "There is pre-production, thinking everything up, filming, production, editing, fixing kinks and everything. It's not an easy thing. There is a ton of footage."
Petersen notes that the filming doesn't take away from their baseball preparation. Instead of going out and playing golf for four hours a day after practices end, they filmed what they do over the course of a day.
"It's supposed to be entertaining. It's supposed to be funny," Petersen said. "Hopefully people enjoy it and laugh. We laughed when we did it."
A newspaper in the Dominican Republic, El Caribe, reported that veteran Vladimir Guerrero said the Marlins are interested in signing him. However, Miami's interest in the 37-year-old slugger for what would be a pinch-hitting role is not considered to be serious.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and his wife, Ibis, celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on Friday.
Members of the Marlins' 40-man roster will be at Marlins Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET for the team's annual FanFest. Admission is free to the public, but there is a $5 parking charge in the stadium's four garages. Single-game tickets will go on sale at the park and on marlins.com at 10 a.m.
On Friday, the Marlins agreed to terms with: RHP Ramon Benjamin, RHP Arquimedes Caminero, RHP Jose Ceda, RHP Steve Cishek, OF Chris Coghlan, OF Scott Cousins, INF Matt Dominguez, LHP Brad Hand, RHP Chris Hatcher, C Brett Hayes, LHP Dan Jennings, RHP Tom Koehler, OF Kevin Mattison, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Evan Reed, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Elih Villanueva, LHP Sean West.
They also renewed the contracts of: LHP Mike Dunn, LHP Wade LeBlanc, OF Logan Morrison, OF Bryan Petersen, RHP Alex Sanabia, 1B Gaby Sanchez, OF Giancarlo Stanton, RHP Ryan Webb.
Everyone in camp now is signed.