Marlins notebook

Miami Marlins’ Justin Ruggiano symbolizes vast road-home power disparity

cspencer@MiamiHerald.comMay 28, 2013 

— With Giancarlo Stanton missing from the lineup, power has been in short supply for the Marlins. And, not surprisingly given the cavernous dimensions of Marlins Park, the vast majority of their home runs have come on the road.

Justin Ruggiano is the Marlins’ poster child for power disparity between home and away.

Ruggiano hit his eighth home run Monday, a solo shot. Every one of Ruggiano’s blasts has come on the road.

Of the Marlins’ major league-low 26 homers, 18 have been struck in out-of-town parks.

What’s more, the bulk of the Marlins’ home runs — 19 — have been solo shots. Seven of Ruggiano’s homers have come with the bases empty.

Sandwiching his solo home run Monday were a pair of bases-loaded situations in which he came up empty.

Sanabia on DL

As expected, the Marlins on Monday placed Alex Sanabia on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury and called up left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from Triple A New Orleans.

Though the Marlins have yet to name a starter to take Sanabia’s place — at least until Nathan Eovaldi comes off the DL in another week to 10 days — the club is leaning toward having Wade LeBlanc rejoin the rotation.

Eovaldi is expected to make one or two more rehab starts before the Marlins activate him.

•  Kevin Slowey said he is “100 percent” healthy for his scheduled start Tuesday. Slowey came out of his previous start with what was announced as a lat injury.

Morrison closer

Despite hitting just .174 (4 for 23) during his rehab stint at Single A Jupiter, first baseman Logan Morrison is moving on to Double A Jacksonville as he inches closer to emerging from the DL and joining the Marlins.

Manager Mike Redmond said that Morrison, because he is in need of at-bats, will likely spend the maximum 20 days on rehab before the Marlins activate him.

Going deep

Ashley Koehler, wife of Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler, hit a pair of home runs. But the Marlins still lost to the Rays in the annual wives game 13-12. Ashley Koehler played collegiate softball at Stony Brook.

The Rays’ wives won when Sarah Fuld, who is pregnant, scored from first on a walk-off single by Alison Shelton, wife of Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton.

Coming up

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.30 ERA) at Tampa Bay Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.37), 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field.

•  Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-2, 3.18) vs. Rays RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 5.73), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: Hellickson has allowed first-inning runs in seven of his 10 starts this season. Opposing batters are hitting .350 against Hellickson with runners in scoring position, and 17 of the 37 runs he has allowed have come with two outs.

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