Friday, 7:05 p.m. -- RHP Javier Vazquez (10-11, 4.13) vs. LHP John Lannan (9-12, 3.65)
TV: MASN2 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186
Saturday, 7:05 p.m. -- RHP Chris Volstad (5-12, 5.31) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 1.13)
TV: MASN2 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1580 AM, XM 186
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. -- LHP Brad Hand (1-7, 4.02) vs. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (2-3, 4.35)
TV: MASN2, Ch 50 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186
It's been a frustrating and at times bizarre season in South Florida, and it's only gotten more frustrating and more bizarre as it winds down. Mired in last place in the NL East, the Marlins come to D.C. having lost four straight, including both ends of yesterday's doubleheader in Philadelphia.
They've now officially lost Hanley Ramirez for the rest of the season after the star shortstop underwent "open" surgery to repair his left shoulder yesterday. Ramirez hurt himself diving for a ball in early August, then re-injured it while on a minor-league rehab assignment. He had arthroscopic surgery on the same shoulder in 2007, but this time orthopedist James Andrews felt it necessary to perform the more invasive surgery. Recovery time is typically four-to-eight months, which could put Opening Day 2012 in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, the strange and sad saga of Logan Morrison continues with a new twist. Morrison was stunningly optioned to Class AAA last month after reportedly failing to appear at a meet-and-greet function with fans. The Marlins claimed the talented outfielder was sent down for baseball reasons, but Morrison insisted he was being punished. He's since been recalled, but now he has filed a formal grievance against his employer, claiming the demotion was "without just cause."
On the field, Florida is struggling big-time at the plate, having scored a total of four runs during this four-game losing streak. It hasn't helped that right fielder Mike Stanton (who leads the club with 32 homers) has been sidelined by a hamstring injury. Stanton did return to the lineup last night in Philadelphia but went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
C Wilson Ramos (.436/.467/.618 last 11 G)
OF Rick Ankiel (.342/.409/.436 last 13 G)
SS Ian Desmond (.328/.375/.600 last 14 G)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (1.13 ERA, 0.625 WHIP last 2 starts)
RHP Tyler Clippard (1.74 ERA, 11 K last 10 1/3 IP)
OF Mike Stanton (.364/.500/.636 last 7 G)
OF Logan Morrison (.355/.474/.548 last 8 G)
IF Emilio Bonifacio (.344/.397/.459 last 13 G)
RHP Javier Vazquez (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 14 K last 2 starts)
RHP Chris Volstad (3.27 ERA last 2 starts)
OF Michael Morse (.189/.255/.340 last 13 G)
OF Jonny Gomes (.214/.467/.214 last 10 G)
RHP Chien-Ming Wang (5.40 ERA, 1.56 WHIP last 3 starts)
C Brett Hayes (.125/.176/.125 last 9 G)
C John Buck (.211/.286/.237 last 11 G)
LHP Brad Hand (0-3, 3.86 ERA last 3 starts
*Stats updated through Thursday's games