02/20/2013 4:17 PM ET
Marlins start simulating game situations
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
JUPITER, Fla. -- After 11 days of drills, the Marlins on Wednesday phased in some game situations.
Late in the morning, two simulated games were played on the back fields of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
It still was a controlled atmosphere, and pitchers didn't face more than five batters.
Ricky Nolasco took the mound, and the first three batters he faced were Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco and Giancarlo Stanton.
Polanco singled to right, and on the play advanced to third on an error. He scored on Stanton's groundout to first.
Among the highlights of the day were Donovan Solano belting a home run off Steve Cishek, and Minor League catcher Wilfredo Gimenez connecting on a two-run blast off Chris Hatcher.
"That was kind of the whole deal, to make it a little more realistic," manager Mike Redmond said. "Pitchers would turn it up a little bit, and hitters would be a little more aggressive swinging the bat. It's good that Polanco had a couple of hits and good at-bats. It was good to see guys out there moving around like it's a game-like situation."
The low moment of the afternoon came when Stanton was struck in the back of the helmet by a 90-plus mph Jose Fernandez fastball. Fernandez's first pitch sailed up and in, and Stanton was unable to get out of the way. Shaken up, Stanton walked off the field, and he was carted back to the clubhouse. Initial reports say he didn't suffer a concussion, and the hope is he is fine.
Marlins run drills to prepare for home-plate collisions
JUPITER, Fla. -- Collisions at home plate, on occasion, do happen.
In preparation for possible contact, the Marlins have been doing drills with their catchers to prepare for contact.
Manager Mike Redmond, a former catcher, is stressing proper technique on possible plays at the plate in hopes of avoiding injury.
"We try to tell our catchers how to protect themselves," Redmond said. "For me, I would be the smallest guy out there, and I blocked the plate. I never got hurt like that."
As an organization, the Marlins were involved in one of the most controversial collisions at home plate in recent years. In 2011, Scott Cousins ran over Buster Posey, causing the Giants' star catcher to miss the rest of the season.
One thing Redmond is not telling his catchers is to avoid contact entirely, and concede a run.
Contact, sometimes, is unavoidable. But by bracing yourself, you can minimize the risk of injury.
"What we do is try to teach guys to avoid going down on their knees," Redmond said. "If you're a little guy, and you go down to your knees it makes you even smaller, and you don't have a base.
"So we try to square guys up, and give them the tools where they can protect themselves in case they do get run over. It does happen. We hope our guys will be able to get in there and protect themselves, and nobody gets hurt."
Marisnick enjoying new team, first spring camp
JUPITER, Fla. -- While playing in the Arizona Fall League, during the middle of a game, Jake Marisnick unknowingly was being traded.
The 21-year-old learned of the deal shortly after the game. Marisnick was one of the key prospects the Marlins obtained in their blockbuster 12-player deal with the Blue Jays.
In time, the Marlins are hopeful that Marisnick can become a steady contributor in their outfield.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound, Marisnick is a talented athlete who possesses great speed along with power potential. The Marlins have plenty of reasons to believe he will have a productive big league career.
Marisnick projects to open the season at Double-A Jacksonville. The Suns project to have one of the top Minor League outfields in the game, featuring Marisnick, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.
For now, he is enjoying the experience of being in big league camp.
"I'm just going to come out and play my game, play hard and have fun out here," the Riverside, Calif., native said. "It's an opportunity a lot of guys don't get. I'm just going to enjoy the time that I have here. Go out and play my game, and not put too much extra emphasis and stress on myself, and have fun."
Marisnick, MLB.com's third-ranked Marlins' prospect, has tremendous speed, clocking 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash.
In the Arizona Fall League, he enjoyed success, batting .314 with three doubles, two triples, one homer and eight RBIs in 19 games.
During the 2012 season, Marisnick also had the experience of playing for new Miami manager Mike Redmond.
Marisnick opened last season at Class A Dunedin, managed at the time by Redmond. He eventually was promoted to Double-A.
"He's a great guy, great manager," Marisnick said. "I'm excited for him."
Like so many players in Marlins camp, Marisnick is making the transition into a new organization.
"Meeting the staff and the players, they are definitely making me feel really welcomed here," he said. "They are all great guys. It's always fun playing with other great players. I'm definitely looking forward to that."
• The Marlin agreed to 2013 contracts with pitchers Arquimedes Caminero, Jose Ceda, Sam Dyson, Nathan Eovaldi, Brad Hand, Chris Hatcher, Braulio Lara and A.J. Ramos, and outfielder Ozuna.
• Logan Morrison, on Wednesday, was back from Colorado, where, on Tuesday, he was cleared to start a preliminary running program. Initially he will do so on a non-gravity treadmill. Morrison is recovering from right knee surgery. His knee was examined by Dr. Richard Steadman, who performed the procedure in Vail, Colo., last September.
• Casey Kotchman, who has four stitches in his left ring finger, had more mobility in his hand on Wednesday. By the weekend, the team hopes, he will be able to swing a bat.