09 September 2011
Alfredo Amezaga- It was a great story when the Marlins reacquired one of the all time biggest fan favorite players, Alfredo Amezaga, from Colorado last month, unfortunately the story does not have a happy ending. The Marlins today decided to designate him for assignment on Tuesday and then released him last night. In 20 games with Florida Amezaga hit just .136 with two RBIs.
Mike Cameron- Cameron was held out of the starting lineup again tonight due to a tight right hamstring. Cameron did pitch hit Wednesday against the Mets and hooped to be able to start tonight, but it just was not ready. Cameron is being extremely cautious with this injury. He says that he is in no rush to return to starting and wants to make sure that his body heels before coming back to play.
At this late point in the season, it maybe better for the Marlins for Cameron to be out. In all likelihood he will not be with the team again next year and the way that Bryan Petersen is playing it might be best for him to be the everyday starting center fielder to see if he can keep on producing the way he has been. He is hitting .290 with a home run, seven RBI, 13 runs and five stolen bases, including going 2-3 with a run thus far tonight in Pittsburgh.
Mike Stanton- Mike left the game after getting a single in his second at bat of the game in tonight's game in Pittsbugh. The game was a blow out, 11-1 at the end of the third, so this may have just been a precautionary measure. Stanton had missed the past several game due to a right hamstring injury.
Hanley Ramirez- Hanley's season for the second year and a row has ended early as he will have left shoulder surgery on September 15th. The surgery will be done by none other than Dr. James Andrews, and the true amount of damage to the shoulder will not be known until the surgery is done. This will be the second surgery that Hanley has had on this shoulder, the first was in 2007.
Hanly has not played for the Marlins since he hurt his shoulder on August 3rd at Citi Field against the Mets when he tried to make a diving catch. Hanley had by far his worst statistical season of his career hitting only .243 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Josh Johnson- While Josh will also not be finishing out the season on the Marlins active roster, he did have his first step in his road to recovery earlier this week when he threw off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time since June. Johnson threw 21 pitches (all fastballs) and should throw again tomorrow.
Josh has been on the DL retroactively since May 17, and is working now on this posture as he throws as that is believed to be the source of the problem with his arm. Dr. James Andrews confirmed that their was no structural damage in his arm at the end of June. Marlins hope that Johnson will be able to pitch a simulated game at the end of this month.
September Call Ups- Tuesday was the first day that the Marlins could start to expand their roster with September call ups, and most of the names they brought up should be very familiar to Marlins fans. Brian Sanches, John Baker, and Donnie Murphy were all taken off the DL and brought back up to the big leagues after playing in rehab games. Marlins also brought up third baseman Matt Dominguez, pitcher Alex Sanabia, and first baseman Vinny Rottino. Meanwhile relief pitcher Randy Choate was transferred to the 60-day DL.
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