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- Updated: February 22, 2012
A day before pitcher and catchers report in Jupiter, Miami Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez came a day early to practice at getting ground balls at his new position. Omar Infante was also present at getting ground balls at second base. Hanley also took some cuts in the batting cage.
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Juan C. Rodriguez tells us on his article what Marlins baseball operations president Larry Beinfest said about Hanley getting at ground balls:
“Good, how’d he do? Did he catch any?
“I’m not going to go into my list of worries, but I wouldn’t say [Ramirez moving to third] is at or near the top of the list,” Beinfest added. “You just don’t go sign Jose Reyes unless you’re completely comfortable that he’s going to play third base and play it well. I don’t think there’s a lot of concern there.
“He’s Hanley Ramirez and he’s super talented. I think he can just about play anywhere on the field. I know that sounds a little canned, but there are only so many talents like him. He’ll be fine. He’ll be able to do it, whether it’s the slow roller or going to his backhand. He’s got the arm. He’s got all the things he needs to be successful over there.”
Here’s Hanley talking about moving to third base:
According to Joe Frisaro the Marlins have place a no-diving rule on Hanley during spring training.
“We’re going to try to keep him on his feet in Spring Training,” Beinfest said. “There is no reason for him to dive right now.”
- Miami Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo formerly known as Leo Nunez will not make it to pitchers and catchers report on Wednesday or maybe he will not even join the club in the whole spring training. Oviedo still remains in Dominican Republic.
Oviedo is working with the U.S. and Dominican governments to obtain a visa, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.