Marlins rotation options

What to do with the rotation spot vacated when Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day DL remains unresolved — at least publicly.

Hayden Penn could fit the bill since he’s been a starter with the Orioles, and that may be where he is best suited. However, he hasn’t been stretched out of late because he’s been pitching long relief. Burke Badenhop, brought up to replace Miller’s roster spot, could get the nod since he’s made starts at Triple-A.

Perhaps the best option against the Phillies on Sunday, considering all the lefties on Philadelphia, is left-hander Graham Taylor, who is at Double-A Jacksonville. Taylor last pitched on Monday, so he would be well rested. Taylor wasn’t in big league camp with the Marlins, but he pitched in the final Grapefruit League game.

Another Double-A option is lefty Aaron Thompson, a first-round pick in 2005, who last threw on April 17.

If the team looks outside of the organization, a name that doesn’t appear to be an option is veteran Pedro Martinez. During Tuesday night’s game at Pittsburgh, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest was asked about Pedro. Although the Marlins never really say never, Beinfest indicated on TV that signing Pedro wasn’t very likely.

– Joe Frisaro

5 Comments

Hey Joe, do you know if the Marlins are thinking about bringing up Sean West for Andrew Miller’s start? I mean he is 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA and leads the team in strikeouts with 23.
I also have another question and its about Andrew Miller. Since he is so young and he has only 3 games down in the minors why don’t the Marlins leave him down in the Minors for a little bit longer until they know exactly when he is ready because honestly he doesn’t look ready to be up in the Majors right now? And if they were to sent him down why not use someone like a Sean West, Aaron Thompson, or a Graham Taylor just to see if they can cut it up in the Majors. Thanks Joe

I agree with “fishfan4life”…
Sean West pitched great on Tuesday, putting him right on schedule for this coming Sunday. He is “my call” as the A. Miller replacement ;-)

I agree with “fishfan4life”….
Sean West pitched great on Tuesday, putting him right on schedule to replace A. Miller this coming Sunday. He is “my call” as the right guy at the right time here!!

Not that it’s official. I just think Graham Taylor gets this nod.

I touched on this on my blog yesterday. Badenhop has my vote.

http://gamefish.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/04/you_cant_spell_badenhop_withou.html

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