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Marlins-Pirates Saturday lineups

With the Pirates throwing lefty Zach Duke on Saturday, the Marlins are going with a slightly different lineup.


1) Boni, 3B

2) Hermida, LF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, CF

7) Paulino, C

8) Carroll, RF

9) Miller, P


Pirates lineup:

1) McCutchen, CF

2) Wilson, SS

3) Young, RF

4) Adam LaRoche, 1B

5) Jones, LF

6) Andy LaRoche, 3B

7) Diaz, C

8) Vazquez, 2B

9) Duke, P

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins lineup for Tuesday

Marlins lineup for Tuesday vs. the Orioles:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Baker, C

9) Miller, P

— Joe Frisaro


Offday and the rotation

Because the Marlins are off on Monday, their starting pitchers will get an extra day of rest between starts.

So Josh Johnson, who started on Sunday at Toronto, is slated to next pitch on Saturday against the Yankees at Land Shark Stadium. Normally, he would have been in line to go on Friday in the series opener with New York.

Sean West will pitch the Friday game with the New York.

The Marlins also are off on June 22, which creates an extra day for Chris Volstad, Andrew Miller and Ricky Nolasco. Those three will start, respectively, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Boston.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins make roster moves

Due to the stress put on the bullpen from Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, the Marlins were forced to make a couple of moves on Thursday to add pitching depth.
To accommodate the extra arms, infielder Alfredo Amezaga was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retro active to Sunday, with a left knee contusion. Actually, Amezaga has a bone bruise, and he will be examined further on Friday by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.
The Marlins also optioned outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Triple-A New Orleans.
The new pitchers are right-handed pitcher Cristhian Martinez, who had his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville.
The Marlins also recalled lefty reliever Dave Davidson from Triple-A New Orleans.
These moves were made because the Marlins are hoping to stay away from all their relievers on Thursday. The plan is for starter Andrew Miller to go as deep as he can. If Miller has to leave early, Martinez, who is a starter, can pitch in long relief. Davidson will be the short reliever.
The moves leave the Marlins with 14 pitchers and 11 position players. Wes Helms, Ross Gload and Ronny Paulino were the only players on the bench.
On Friday, the Marlins are expected to add another position player — perhaps Brett Carroll.
— Joe Frisaro

Lucky 13 pitchers

Out of necessity, the Marlins are now carrying 13 pitchers for the first time this season.

The roster moves became official on Saturday as outfielder Brett Carroll was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, clearing way for lefty Andrew Miller to be reinstated off the DL.

Miller joins the rotation and he made the start against the Dodgers on Saturday at Land Shark Stadium.

“I feel more comfortable with 13,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said of keeping an extra pitcher. “The way we’ve been using our bullpen.”

Kiko Calero has 21 appearances, while Renyel Pinto has 20. Leo Nunez and Dan Meyer each are at 16. So to preserve the bullpen, an extra pitcher was kept.

“We haven’t even played 40 games yet,” Gonzalez said. “We have a pretty long stretch of games here. Obviously, it’s a double-edge sword. We had been using Carroll defensively at the end of the game. But we feel the extra arm helps. Having that extra arm is going to protect.”

The flip side is Gonzalez’s bench moves are limited. Before, he could pinch hit in the fifth inning and not worry about his bench being thin.

The team is banking on Chris Coghlan picking up defensively in left field. He is a converted infielder, who is in the process of learning the outfield. Carroll had been used as a replacement for Coghlan in the outfield.

“I don’t think [Coghlan] is that far away that he is a defensive liability,” Gonzalez said.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins option Carroll

After losing a tough 6-4 decision to the Dodgers at Land Shark Stadium, the Marlins announced backup outfielder Brett Carroll is being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

On Saturday, the team will fill Carroll’s spot by reinstating left-hander Andrew Miller from the disabled list. Miller, who went on the disabled list on April 20 with a right oblique strain, will get the starting nod against the Dodgers.

Carroll has been a defensive replacement, and he’s made several big catches and throws this season. But with the Marlins bullpen being heavily used in recent weeks, the team has opted to carry 13 pitchers and 12 position players.

— Joe Frisaro

Koronka officially added

Late Tuesday morning the Marlins made their roster move official.

Left-hander John Koronka had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans, and he will be the starting pitcher against the Brewers at Miller Park.

Koronka is taking over the rotation spot for Anibal Sanchez, who is expected to miss about two months due to a right shoulder sprain.

Koronka was in big league camp with the Marlins as a reliever candidate. So it will be worth watching to see if he will remain in the rotation, because he also could provide long relief if the Marlins opt to give Hayden Penn a shot at starting.

Penn has thrown in long relief, but he hasn’t been stretched out to go deep into games.

Andrew Miller, who had a strong rehab start on Monday night for Double-A Jacksonville, is expected to come off the DL and start on Saturday against the Dodgers at LandShark Stadium.

Miller has been out with a right oblique strain.

— Joe Frisaro 

Miller has solid rehab outing

Andrew Miller, in his second rehab assignment outing, worked six innings on Monday night for Double-A Jacksonville.

The left-hander, who is on the DL with a right oblique strain, gave up one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings pitched against Mississippi.

Miller exited after 83 pitches, with 48 for strikes.

Miller has been lined up to come off the DL and join the Marlins rotation on Saturday against the Dodgers at LandShark Stadium in Miami.

— Joe Frisaro

Miller to toss rebah Tuesday

Andrew Miller, on the disabled list since April 20 with a right oblique strain, is tentatively set to throw a rehab assignment game on Tuesday.

Exactly where has not been announced.

Miller threw an extended bullpen session about 9 a.m. CT at Wrigley Field on Saturday. The left-hander says he threw more than 60 pitches, and the session was treated a bit like a simulated game.

In the past week, Miller threw a bullpen session on Monday and Wednesday at Citi Field in New York. His session on Saturday was his first since the Marlins have been in Chicago.

Asked if he was ready for game action, Miller said: “Yeah, I would think so.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Saturday that the next step for Miller likely is a rehab assignment on Tuesday.

“I would think I’m close enough for that being the next step,” Miller said. “I am trying to do my best to get the adrenaline going. It’s hard to due at 9:30 in 50 degrees throwing in a bullpen. I am trying my best to get that [game] situation. It’s hard to do to get that adrenaline.”

Since Miller has been on the disabled list, Graham Taylor has filled his rotation spot. Taylor, like Miller, is a left-hander. And Taylor is next slated to start on Wednesday against the Braves at Dolphin Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro

Taylor lined up for Sunday

Officially, the Marlins will announce their Sunday starter after Saturday’s game.

Indications for several days have been that it will be Graham Taylor, the left-hander from Double-A Jacksonville.

The latest clear indicator is the fact Taylor was scheduled to start for Jacksonville on Saturday night at Montgomery. Now, Jacksonville is starting Jarrett Santos.

A left-hander, Taylor will fill Andrew Miller’s rotation spot. Miller is on the DL with a strained right oblique. If he performs, Taylor could make a couple of starts.

Going with Taylor against the Phillies makes sense since Philadelphia is loaded with left-handed hitters.

— Joe Frisaro