Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton blasts first homer of the spring

 

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit a fastball from St. Louis' Trevor Rosenthal for his first home run of the spring Wednesday.
Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit a fastball from St. Louis’ Trevor Rosenthal for his first home run of the spring Wednesday.

JUPITER – Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler was doing a television interview when Giancarlo Stanton got into a Trevor Rosenthal pitch for his first home run of the spring.

Koehler’s call: “Big Fella goes boom!”

Stanton wasn’t impressed.

“I told him ‘boom goes the dynamite would have been better,”’ Stanton said.

Whatever the call, the Marlins $325 million man was happy to finally see something resembling the swing he is looking to take into the regular season. The home run was the first Stanton has hit in a game since June 24. Two days later, Stanton broke a bone in his left hand during an at bat, ending his season.

“It’s good to get on top of a fastball that I seemed to pop up the past couple of weeks,” Stanton said after the Marlins’ 4-1 loss Wednesday to the Cardinals.

Stanton, though, has an excuse. He’s had just 17 at bats after missing about a week because of knee soreness. He is hitting .235 with two RBI. He was 1 for 3 Wednesday.

“I’m roughly where I’m (usually) at,” he said. “I’ve had only 17 at bats. That’s not where I’d usually be but I don’t necessarily need a certain amount of at bats,  rather a feel in the spring.”

Still, Stanton is looking to refine that powerful swing in the next 13 days leading up to the April 5 opener against Detroit in Miami.

“Just a few more of those, not homers, hitting fastballs hard,” he said when asked what he’s like to achieve.

“Just to be on top of fastballs,” “Popping them up means you’re either late or dipping a little bit. That’s the first sign of your midseason slumps, which is normal this time. Get on top of one especially in the mid-90s. … that’s a good test. I’m glad I had some velocity today to test it.”

Manager Don Mattingly said Stanton will get plenty of at bats in the final nine exhibition games.

“He just needs at bats,” Mattingly said. “I think you’ll see him having batter swings.”

 

Manager Don Mattingly encouraged how Marlins rotation shaping up

Even with rotation appearing to be set, Marlins manager Don Mattingly keeping options open.
Even with rotation appearing to be set, Marlins manager Don Mattingly keeping options open.

JUPITER — With one week remaining in spring training and less than two weeks to the season opener, the Marlins rotation appears to be settled.

Miami optioned lefty Justin Nicolino to Class AAA New Orleans on Tuesday and has started shortening Edwin Jackson’s innings, two decisions that indicate Jarred Cosart and Adam Conley will fill out the rotation behind Wei-Yin Chen, Alex Fernandez and Tom Koehler.

Manager Don Mattingly, though, is not ready to announce the final two spots, waiting to see how the final 10 exhibition games play out, including eight Grapefruit League games and two games at Marlins Park against the Yankees on April 1 and 2.

“We kind of left it open,” Mattingly said. “We don’t have to make decisions on the final couple of spots, so why [wouldn’t we wait]?

“It’s funny how those last few times out change things. Guys know they’re the last guy and ‘I got a chance.’ At that point that’s just making the club. Then you can’t have a letdown and say, ‘I made the club, life is good.’ You have a couple of bad starts and somebody else is coming up.”

Still, Mattingly likes what he has seen, from the five who will start the season in the rotation and those who will be providing the depth whether they are in the Marlins bullpen or the minors.

“I feel good about the guys we think we’re going end up with,” he said. “Then it’s a matter of performing and us staying healthy.”

 

 

Video: Barry Bonds wins Marlins HR derby

Barry Bonds beat the entire Marlins squad, including Giancarlo Stanton, in a home run derby contest at spring training.

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Marlins reliever Carter Capps to undergo Tommy John surgery

In this Feb. 22, 2016, file photo, Miami Marlins pitcher Carter Capps throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice in Jupiter, Fla. Capps is expected to be sidelined for an extended period because of discomfort in his right elbow, the team said Thursday, March 3, 2016. In addition, the right-hander has scheduled a visit Monday, March 7, with specialist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida, to determine whether he needs surgery. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Miami Marlins pitcher Carter Capps throws a bullpen session during spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Capps is expected to be sidelined for an extended period after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, March 8. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

The Miami Marlins announced that relief pitcher Carter Capps will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery Tuesday morning.

According to MLB.com, Capps experienced discomfort in his right elbow earlier in spring training and met with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola on Monday to decide what course of action to take.

President of baseball operations Mike Hill said that said Capps has a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Capps, 25, was expected to compete with A.J. Ramos for the team’s closer job this season.

Last season, the hard-to-hit right-hander went 1-0 with a 1.16 ERA in 30 appearances for the Marlins, striking out 58 in 31 innings.

Capps is perhaps best known for his odd delivery.