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Marlins-Orioles rained out

Steady rain washed out the Marlins-Orioles game in Sarasota on Friday.

While there will not be a scheduled makeup for this Grapefruit League contest, the two teams will play a seven-inning B Game on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sarasota.

Also on Saturday, the Marlins have a scheduled 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Due to the rainout, the Marlins have shuffled their pitching somewhat. Ricky Nolasco will make his scheduled start against the Rays. But in the B Game in Sarasota, Sean West will start. Andrew Miller was slated to start on Friday.

Miller instead will pitch in relief on Saturday, after Nolasco, against the Rays.

Cody Ross was in the lineup on Friday, set to be the designated hitter. Ross has been out with a strained left groin.

— Joe Frisaro



Coghlan, Maybin among players now signed

The formality of signing all their players who are under club control is now completed.

The Marlins on Tuesday announced they’ve agreed to terms with Chris Coghlan and Cameron Maybin for the 2010 season.

Also, the team renewed deals for this year with John Baker, Chris Leroux, Andrew Miller and Brett Carroll.

These transactions mean all players in big league camp now are under contract for 2010.

Because these players aren’t eligible for arbitration, they can work out deals, or simply have their contracts renewed by the club for a set price, based on service time.

The league minimum salary is $400,000.

— Joe Frisaro


Ayala and bullpen alternatives

Relief help is on its way for the Marlins.

The bullpen has been heavily taxed the past two games, combining to throw 13 2/3 innings, including 7 1/3 innings in Friday’s 9-5 loss to the Padres.

After the game, Chris Volstad was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, along with infielder Gaby Sanchez. The Marlins have yet to announce who will get called up. Reliever Luis Ayala, who last pitched an inning on Wednesday, is expected to be recalled from New Orleans.

Ayala has thrown multiple innings, but the Malrins are in need of long relief, because both Cristhian Martinez and Brian Sanches each have thrown more than two innings the past two days.

Tim Wood could be an option. The right-hander threw an inning on Thursday, and two more on Tuesday.

In the past two games, Anibal Sanchez and Volstad each combined to throw 5 1/3 innings for Florida, creating a tough situation for the bullpen.

Rosters expand on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Marlins will then be in position to better pick up their relievers.

Burke Badenhop could help the team right now, but on Friday, he threw 3 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment for Class A Jupiter. Badenhop is a possibility to replace Volstad in the rotation. So is Rick VandenHurk, who tossed six innings at New Orleans on Thursday.

Lefty Andrew Miller is pitching rehab games in the Gulf Coast League.

Before Friday’s game, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Miller and VandenHurk are likely candidates to pitch out of the bullpen when rosters expand. They may be counted on to start, if necessary.

The Marlins also are pursuing Brad Penny, who is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent on Monday. Penny, released by the Red Sox, also is drawing interest from the Giants.

— Joe Frisaro



Fifth starter undecided

With an off day on Monday, the Marlins don’t need a fifth starter until July 31 or Aug. 1.

One of the candidates to rejoin the rotation at that time is Andrew Miller, who was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 21.

Miller, however, is coming off a rough outing on Friday night. In 4 2/3 innings, the lefty walked nine, allowed six runs and three hits. He also struck out seven. Of his 105 pitches, 52 were strikes.

“He was rushing his delivery a little big,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Marlins are hopeful that Miller can get back on track.

While Miller is a candidate to be called up for the fifth spot, he isn’t the only choice.

Sean West, optioned to Double-A Jacksonville on July 11, could also be brought back up, Gonzalez said.

The Marlins also may stay from within, If that’s the case, Burke Badenhop, who has pitched in long relief, could be added to the rotation.

For now, the Marlins are using a four-man rotation. Chris Volstad, who pitches at the Dodgers on Sunday, could stay on a five-day schedule and pitch on Friday, July 31, at home against the Cubs.

The way it sounds, the fifth starter would be added on Aug. 1 of the Cubs’ series.

West pitched on Thursday, and he worked seven innings, striking out six while walking two. West allowed four runs, with two earned.

West is working on getting command of his off-speed pitches.

At Triple-A, Ryan Tucker, who was returning from knee surgery, is back starting. The hard-throwing right-hander could be an option to help as either a starter or reliever in the final two months. Tucker, however, wouldn’t be in the mix for Aug. 1.

— Joe Frisaro


Sanchez gets called up

Miami native Gaby Sanchez is joining the Marlins in San Diego.

The Marlins announced on Tuesday that Sanchez is being called up to replace Andrew Miller on the roster.

The left-handed Miller was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after Monday’s 3-2 win over the Padres. The team has yet to announce who will be brought up.

Sanchez, 25, entered Spring Training as the frontrunner to win the Marlins first base job. But he struggled in the spring, and opened the season at New Orleans, where he’s been a productive middle of the lineup hitter.

Sanchez is batting .284 for the Zephyrs with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 60 games.

For more than a month, Sanchez has played third base. He is a first base/third base option.

The Marlins offense has struggled of late, and Sanchez could provide a spark. The question is, where will he play?

Emilio Bonifacio has been the starting third baseman all season. Bonifacio has had his ups and downs at the plate and in the field.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez could platoon Sanchez and Bonifacio. Bonifacio also could be used in a utility role, which the team has been missing with Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list for the rest of the season.

The Marlins carried 13 pitchers on Monday. Bringing up Sanchez makes it once again 13 position players, which gives Gonzalez more options off the bench.

— Joe Frisaro


Miller optioned to Triple-A

Following Monday’s 3-2 win over the Padres at PETCO Park, the Marlins optioned left-hander Andrew Miller to Triple-A New Orleans.

Miller, who is 3-5 with a 4.81 ERA in 14 starts, is coming off a rough outing against the Phillies. On Sunday, the left-hander gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The 24-year-old also struggled in a July 9 start at Arizona, also working 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

The Marlins didn’t announce who will be brought up on Tuesday. It likely will be a position player because the team had been carrying 13 pitchers.

Rick VandenHurk is assuming Miller’s spot in the rotation. Because of two off days, the Marlins don’t need a fifth starter until either July 31 or Aug. 1, depending on how they want to approach that time line.

— Joe Frisaro


Rotation possibilities

The Marlins have yet to announce their starting pitcher for July 20 at San Diego. One reason is the team is weighing a number of possibilities.

“It all depends on the next three days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re looking at different scenarios.”

One option is to stay with what the team already has. Long reliever Burke Badenhop has made one start this season, but he’s been effective in a long relief role. The Marlins like him in that role, but this could be a one-start situation. The team could go with Badenhop in the opener with the Padres on Monday.

A second option is to dip into the Minor League system. Rick VandenHurk, at Triple-A New Orleans, had an abbreviated three-inning start on Thursday. If the team wanted, it could bring up the right-hander, who has big league experience in the past.

At New Orleans, VandenHurk is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in nine starts.

There is another factor in play, too. The Marlins have off days on July 23 and July 27. Because of those two days, besides Monday, they wouldn’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 1 at home against the Cubs.

Chris Volstad is lined up for Tuesday in San Diego, and the order after the 6-foot-8 right-hander is Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson and Andrew Miller. Those four could stay in order through July 31, a Friday night home game with the Cubs.

If the team waits until Aug. 1 for the fifth starter, Sean West, optioned to Double-A after last Saturday’s game in Arizona, could work himself back into the mix.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins set series rotation

With the All-Star Game completed, the Marlins rotation for their four-game series with the Phillies also has been set.

The Marlins will send Chris Volstad to the mound on Thursday against Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer.

In the remaining three games, Florida will go with Ricky Nolasco on Friday night, Josh Johnson on Saturday night, and left-hander Andrew Miller on Sunday.

The Marlins had been waiting to see where they’d slot Johnson, who was at the All-Star Game. Johnson comes off a victory last Sunday at Arizona, and he would have been lined up to start on Friday.

Even though he didn’t pitch for the National League on Tuesday night in the All-Star Game, the right-hander is getting an extra day of rest for the big showdown with the Phillies.

Philadelphia is starting Cole Hamels on Friday, Joe Blanton on Saturday and J.A. Happ on Sunday.

— Joe Frisaro


Setting post-break rotation

Coming out of the All-Star Break, the Marlins are still kicking around some ideas as to how to set their pitching rotation.

The Marlins open a four-game set with the first-place Phillies at Land Shark Stadium on Thursday, July 16. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has already noted that Chris Volstad will pitch in that game.

So Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and Andrew Miller will round out the series with Philadelphia.

The question remains: In what order?

Key in how to set up the rotation is Johnson.

J.J. pitches on Sunday at Arizona, and then he will head to the All-Star Game. If he doesn’t pitch in the All-Star Game, then J.J. could possibly start against the Phillies on Friday. If he does pitch an inning at the Midsummer Classic, then Johnson would not go until either Saturday or Sunday.

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley still not ready

The Marlins set their lineup for Thursday, and All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez isn’t in it.

Needing at least one more day of rest for his right hip flexor, Ramirez missed his fifth straight start. Emilio Bonifacio once again was starting at shortstop in the series opener at Arizona.

Ramirez was expected to test his hip more on Thursday in pregame workouts, and the team is hopeful he can start on Friday.

Marlins on Thursday:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, SS

3) Uggla, 2B

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Ross, CF

6) Hermida, RF

7) Baker, C

8) Helms, 3B

9) Miller, P

— Joe Frisaro