Posted: Wednesday February 29, 2012 9:59AM ; Updated: Wednesday February 29, 2012 9:59AM
Will Carroll
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Marlins Team Health Report 2012

The Marlins get their new stadium this season, and while that home run ... thing ... needs to be killed with fire before it induces retinal injuries in players and fans alike, there will be some effect on injuries. A new stadium means a new training room with all new toys. Swim-Ex, cold lasers, more room for tubs and tables, it's all going to be there, hopefully without the garish colors the rest of the park seems to have. The Marlins bounced hard off a No. 7 ranking in 2010, but that's nothing new. This team and medical staff have long had a stat line that looks like a roller coaster. There were a lot of lows, which is why the wins were down and there are a lot of new faces. It's the same medical staff, and two of the biggest injury cases are back as well. How they deal with Josh Johnson and his return will be huge for the hopes of the franchise, but keeping both Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez healthy (let alone happy) is a challenge that would load up even the highest ranked staff in the game. New manager Ozzie Guillen is always a wild card, but he's had the benefit of having the No. 1-ranked medical staff in the game behind him in Chicago. That can make a manager look good, though it's hardly any guarantee. We'll see how Ozzie deals with any injuries, as well as all the other nonsense that's bound to occur. If nothing else, these Marlins aren't going to be boring and they'll probably make for a lot of words in my 2012 injury columns.

Health Keys: Avoiding muscular injuries to Jose Reyes, keeping Hanley Ramirez intact, and finding some way to get 180 innings out of Josh Johnson.

(HEAD TRAINER: Sean Cunningham; FIVE YEAR RANK: 25; 2011 RANK: 22)
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GREEN LIGHT
CF Emilio Bonifacio
The risk for Bonifacio is that the Marlins fall for Yoenis Cespedes and bring him in to play CF. Bonifacio's still going to get plenty of time behind risky IFs Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez, so it's not a total loss.

RF Mike Stanton
The second thing you hear about Stanton is his amazing work ethic. He's not a high motor guy, just a hard worker, the type that will do things to avoid injury or rehab through them when they do happen. The System doesn't see that, but you should know it.

SP Mark Buehrle
Buehrle's about as automatic a 200-inning guy as there is in baseball. He'll do it until he doesn't, but as a lefty, that might not be until after his next contract. If he were graduating, he'd be "Most Likely To Be Jamie Moyer."

SP Ricky Nolasco
Statheads still love Nolasco, but so do hitters. He's serviceable, but hardly exciting, but there is value in having this kind of guy at the back of the rotation.

RP Steve Cishek
K/9s of 9 or more are pretty rare and fantasy gold. Cishek won't get saves, but Ozzie loves power arms and Cishek wasn't overused.

CL Heath Bell
He's both crazy and consistent. It's a good combination for closers.

Also Green:
1B Gaby Sanchez
2B Omar Infante

YELLOW LIGHT
C John Buck
The worry last year was that Buck couldn't handle the additional workload he was going to have to take on. He did fine with that, but this year, the worry is that he'll be fatigued from it. I'm not that worried about it despite the risk The System sees.

LF Logan Morrison
Morrison's season was defined by a trip to New Orleans (AAA) he called punitive and a knee injury that didn't show up in the exit physical. In between, he tweeted about it and made more of an impact on the "Fan Cave" than opposing pitchers. At least Ozzie knows what Twitter is.

SP Anibal Sanchez
Sanchez followed a 195-inning 2010 with a 196-inning 2011. He's at least got stamina left in the shoulder and there's still some stuff in there, too. The further he gets from the injuries and workload of his past, the better, though few survive it this well.

P5 Carlos Zambrano
I won't pretend to know what to expect from Carlos Zambrano. He's a low yellow because The System doesn't know what to do with suspensions. The risk is probably lower, but remember, Zambrano was as overused as a young pitcher as Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. He survived, but there was a cost, and if his career was shortened by several years, that's hardly "less than." Dusty Baker lingers.
RED LIGHT
SS Jose Reyes
The biggest risk is that in the change from the Mets to the Marlins, there's some loss of knowledge. The Mets took care of Reyes' legs for good and for bad during his entire professional career. It's not like he's going to a top-rated franchise either. I worry most about the early stages of the season and as we get into the heat of the summer. The roof may end up helping Reyes.

3B Hanley Ramirez
Ramirez is coming off more shoulder issues and he'll be learning a new position. The inherent risk in that change is offset by the decreased risk once he gets comfortable at 3B. Sure, he may not like it there and a shift to CF is another option, but Ramirez isn't going to be affected by position as much as he is by the rehab work he's done in the past two offseasons. Most projections have him around his '10 level, but I think that's high based on his risk. (NumberFire agrees with me.)

SP Josh Johnson
Want to really worry? The Marlins still don't seem to know what's wrong with Johnson. "No structural damage" is the medical equivalent of "the check's in the mail" so don't feel too good about it. He's throwing long toss, but every time he got close last year, he ran into setbacks. This smells a lot like Brandon Webb's last few seasons to me. It seems like last season's great few starts might actually be upside for Johnson.

 
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