03/14/12 5:30 PM ET
Stanton still sidelined; Morrison's knees sore
By Evan Drellich and Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Giancarlo Stanton is still sore and will be out a couple more days, manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday morning. Stanton hasn't played since he was hit on the left wrist by a fastball against the Mets on Sunday.
Logan Morrison, who had his right knee scoped in December, made his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday, going 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, but he felt some soreness in his knees Wednesday morning.
"He was a little sore. I expect that to be a little sore," Guillen said. "We've got to monitor him very carefully in that situation. He was fine yesterday, but today he's a little sore in his knees."
Guillen said he didn't know when Morrison would be able to play the field.
Meanwhile, X-rays on outfield prospect Kyle Jensen, who was hit on the left elbow by a fastball Tuesday against the Braves, have come back negative "so far," Guillen said. The Marlins manager said the area was still swollen, which can sometimes impede an X-ray's effectiveness.
After playing nine innings, Hanley gets day off
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- After playing all nine innings of a 4-2 win over the Rays on a very hot Wednesday afternoon, Hanley Ramirez will sit out Thursday's 1:05 p.m. ET contest vs. the Mets in Jupiter.
"If I had to ride the bus for three hours, I'd rather play nine innings than two innings," manager Ozzie Guillen said of Wednesday's bus ride. "We're going to treat him very professional, the way he should be treated. This kid is a [heck] of a ballplayer. ... Tomorrow, he's going to have the day off, he'll do whatever he wants to do and we'll go from there."
Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a single, strikeout and a walk, all the while playing an error-free third base. The mistakes in the field are coming, though, Guillen said.
"Hanley will make errors. He will make plays, like, 'Wow, how did this guy make plays?'" Guillen said. "Fans have to be patient with him. We have to be patient with him. Hanley has to be patient with [himself]. I'll predict something. I know a little bit about this game. He might not win the Gold Glove this year, [but] he has a chance to win a Gold Glove in the future. In his career, Hanley is going to be a third baseman -- this year, next year, two years from now or five years from now."
Dobbs to miss week with partial hamstring tear
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- An MRI on Greg Dobbs' left hamstring Tuesday revealed a partial tear, and the third baseman will be out for about a week, possibly longer.
"We're making sure [he's OK]. He could've played a little bit, but he's not going to play the way he should be playing," manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday morning. "So we're going to shut it off for a couple days, maybe more than a week."
Guillen added that the MRI was "not that bad." The injury first flared up March 7 against Florida International University. In two Grapefruit League games, Dobbs was 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles. He hasn't played since March 6 against the Tigers.
Guillen believes all his players coping with injuries will be ready for Opening Day.
Marlins preparing for first round of cuts
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Cuts for the Marlins, who have 63 players in Major League camp, will begin soon, and manager Ozzie Guillen said he will try to lay low when the time to deliver the news arrives.
"We're going to send people down, [but] I don't know when," Guillen said after a 4-2 road win over the Rays on Wednesday afternoon. "Right now, we have to start thinking about how the team is going to shape up, how the team is going to look the next three weeks.
"You know what's funny? We don't make cuts. They cut themselves." Guillen has never been one to sugarcoat things, and telling a player he's going to Minor League camp can use a little sugar. Along with general manager Mike Hill, Guillen is a part of the decision-making process, and he'll be in the room when players are told, but he's not planning to do most of the talking.
"I can't lie to people. ... 'Oh, we're going to send you down for at-bats,'" Guillen said. "You're not good enough to be in the big leagues. That's why they have people here who go to school for that, [to deliver that news]."
The Marlins play at home in Jupiter, Fla., the next two days, although they'll technically be the visitor on Friday against the Cardinals. Asked if cuts could come as soon as Friday, Guillen said he doesn't know.
"I know I hate those moments," he said. "I don't like to send anybody down or release anybody. That's one thing I can't handle. I'm not good at that -- unless I hate the guy."
West clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A
JUPITER, Fla. -- Out of options, Sean West knew this was a crucial Spring Training.
West's situation was simple. He had to either make the Marlins' Opening Day roster or risk being lost by the organization.
As it turns out, West will remain in Miami's system, but he won't be with the big league club when the regular season starts April 4 against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.
West has cleared waivers, and on Wednesday, the 6-foot-8 left-hander was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.
A first-round sandwich pick in 2005, West made one Grapefruit League start, and he struggled on March 7 against the Mets. The 25-year-old started, but he gave up three runs on four hits with four walks in 1 2/3 innings.
Without the pressure of being in big league camp, West can now focus on trying to find consistent command in New Orleans.
West pitched in parts of four seasons with the Marlins since he made his debut in 2009. In 22 career big league starts, the left-hander is 8-8 with a 5.03 ERA. He was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two outings a year ago.
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.