08/16/12 11:59 PM ET
Velazquez back in the Majors with Marlins
By Jack Etkin / Special to MLB.com
And to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Velazquez, outfielder Logan Morrison (right knee inflammation) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Velazquez last appeared in the Majors on Sept. 28, 2011, with the Angels. He was hitting .314 in 101 games with New Orleans, with three homers and 37 RBIs and a .392 on-base percentage.
He made an adjustment in Spring Training last year and credits Jim Eppard, now the Angels' hitting coach but then their roving Minor League hitting coordinator, with dropping his hands so Velazquez is better able to get the barrel of the bat on the ball.
In other injury news, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who left Wednesday's game with a right oblique strain and has lower back stiffness, did not take batting practice Thursday. He said he hopes to hit off a tee Friday and perhaps play Sunday.
"I'm hoping I'm in there for the last game at least," Ruggiano said of the four-game series at Coors Field. "That's what I'm shooting for in my mind."
Veteran Dobbs playing through the pain
DENVER -- Third baseman Greg Dobbs has been soldiering on, playing with a strained left oblique for about a week, and giving the banged-up Marlins a much-needed veteran in their lineup, which Thursday night included four players who have spent time in the Minors this season.
"Just to have Dobbs on the field to me is a plus, and I appreciate that," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This guy is grinding right now because he knows we need him."
Guillen said ideally he would give Dobbs a couple of days off to let him get better. Dobbs said he has been able to manage the injury with treatment.
"Where it's bothered me most has been defensively," he said. "Offensively, I don't feel it as much. So it hasn't limited me in that much."
Dobbs said he has not been forced to play cautiously, tempering his swing slightly or holding back on certain plays at third base. And above all, he knows he's needed at this time.
"Whether I would be starting or coming off the bench, you always want to be able to help the team," Dobbs said. "That's what my mindset is -- I don't want to let my teammates down or the team down. I want to be there for them, do whatever I can to help. So that's what drives me."
Stanton glad to slug at Coors Field
DENVER -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-11 with a double, three homers and five RBIs in his three previous games at Coors Field, with a dinger in each game.
Needless to say, he was looking forward to having a chance to hit there the next four games.
"Everyone knows that the ball flies here," Stanton said. "Anywhere but our park anyways is better, so it's all good."
Stanton hit a mammoth homer to center as part of a 2-for-4 night on Thursday in Miami's 5-3 loss to Colorado.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said of the difference between Coors Field and Marlins Park, "This is the opposite with the field we play, very opposite."
Getting acclimated with Marlins, Brantly starts again
DENVER -- Marlins catcher Rob Brantly made his second Major League start Thursday, two days after catching Josh Johnson in his big league debut vs. Philadelphia.
The Marlins acquired Brantley in a July 23 trade with the Tigers, and sent him to Triple-A New Orleans, where he played 14 games before being promoted on Monday.
Tim Cossins, the Marlins' catching coordinator, spent five days with Brantly in New Orleans and came to the big leagues to continue working with him. Because he's new to the organization and wasn't with the Marlins in Spring Training, Brantly is starting from scratch catching Miami's pitchers and getting familiar with their repertoires.
Brantly has been catching the starters in their bullpen sessions, talking to the pitchers as much as he can and spending a lot of time watching them on video. But it's not like Brantly feels he's at any disadvantage in his situation.
"It's a game of trust," he said. "Trust your ability, trust your preparation. Let the chips fall from there. You do it right, you'll have success. And if you don't ..."
Jacob Turner is being considered to start one of the games in the doubleheader Wednesday in Arizona. Acquired from the Tigers in the July 23 deal that sent pitcher Anabel Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to Detroit, Turner is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts for Triple-A New Orleans.
In game No. 119, manager Ozzie Guillen wrote out his 92nd different lineup Thursday, an indication of how star-crossed a season it has been.
"Been a weird year, very tough," he said. "Lot of injuries. Lot of good players not performing the way we thought they were going to perform. Been rough. ... I never thought with this ballclub, I would play people to take a look at them for the future. Unfortunately that's the way we're going right now. We have to do what we have to do."
Asked how he keeps the names matched with the faces, Guillen said, "I call everybody 'big leaguer,' because [if] I try to call them by name, I be afraid to call the wrong name."
Left-hander Mark Buehrle is one of the rare pitchers who could appreciate the heights Mariners ace Felix Hernandez reached Wednesday when he threw a perfect game. Buehrle threw the 18th perfect game in Major League history on July 23, 2009, against the Rays. Hernandez's perfect game was the third this year and 23rd in history. Buehrle said of Hernandez, "Anytime you throw hard like that and you have four devastating pitches you throw anytime in the count -- not saying it's easy, because it's not -- he has a chance to do something special every time."
Buehrle recalled finishing his pefect game by getting Jason Bartlett to ground to shortstop on a hanging changeup, a mistake but not a costly one. "That whole last inning, every pitch you're so amped up and have so much adrenaline going," Buehrle said. "I remember telling myself: 'Don't get too amped up. Just try to relax and do what I've done up to this point. Not try to overthrow or throw too hard or let your adrenaline take over, because that's what's going to ruin it."
Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.