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Miller undergoes special treatment

Andrew Miller can now relate to what Cody Ross went through after the 2007 season.

As treatment for his right oblique strain, Miller has received a Platelet-Rich Plasma injection. The procedure basically took Miller’s own blood, and then purified it and re-injected it into the impaired area, below his right rib cage.

Ross had a similar injection after the 2007 season, where the blood was used to help heal a left hamstring problem.

Miller went on the disabled list on April 20, and he is confident he will be ready to return to the rotation when his 15-days are up. His rotation spot would fall on May 6 at home against Atlanta.

Miller said he may begin throwing off flat ground on Saturday.

— Joe Frisaro


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

Olsen praises Marlins

Considering his inside knowledge, Scott Olsen is not surprised by Florida’s fast start.

Drafted by the Marlins in 2002, Olsen came up through the system, and now he’s seeing his former teammates emerging as a serious contender in the NL East.

“Am I surprised? No. I’m not surprised at all because of Johnson, Ricky and Volstad, and Sanchez and Miller,” Olsen said. “I know that their starters can throw.”

A reason the Marlins traded Olsen to the Nationals is because their rotation already had Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller.

Because of the rotation, Olsen feels the Marlins will be in the hunt.

“I think they’ll keep it up, too,” the left-hander said. “This is a good team from top-to-bottom. The bullpen is good. The bench is much improved over last year. I think they’re going to be in the thick of if, right until the end.”

— Joe Frisaro


Final roster set

Barring anything not on the immediate horizon, the Marlins’ 25-man roster is set.

It’s actually the exact 25 I named last night in an earlier blog.

The new developments on Friday were the roster moves to get the team down to 25,

Reliever Carlos Martinez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and reliever Brian Sanches was reassigned to Minor League camp.

The bad news of the night was right-hander Rick VandenHurk is going on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. VandenHurk last pitched on March 28 against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, and he tossed a a scoreless inning of relief, walking two and striking out one.

VandenHurk missed time with the Marlins during Spring Training because he pitched for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

VandenHurk is going on the disabled list, retroactive to March 29.

The Marlins also are placing utility player Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list with a sprained left knee. And reliever Scott Proctor will go on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. Amezaga and Proctor are on the DL, retroactive to March 27.

Chances are Amezaga could be activated within seven to 10 days after Florida opens on Monday against the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The earliest he can be reinstated is April 11.

Unless some other moves are made before Monday, the contracts of infielder Andy Gonzalez and right-handed reliever Kiko Calero will be selected.

Florida will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Emilio Bonifacio, John Baker, Jeremy Hermida, Cameron Maybin, Cody Ross, Wes Helms, Ross Gload, Brett Carroll, Ronny Paulino and Gonzalez.

The rotation will feature, in order, Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller.

Because of two early off days, Florida will go with a four-man rotation until April 15. At that point, Miller will be slotted in. Until then, Miller will pitch out of the bullpen.

The rest of the relievers will be closer Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Logan Kensing, Calero, Hayden Penn, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

— Joe Frisaro

My projected 25-man roster

Not that this is a final list, but for entertainment purposes, here is my projected 25-man roster. Keep in mind, I still think the club could make a move for a left-handed reliever, perhaps up until Opening Day or a few days into the season.

Again, this isn’t what the team has announced. That actually could come as early as Friday. For now, to play GM for a night, here is what I’m predicting of those players left in camp:

C — John Baker, Ronny Paulino
1B — Jorge Cantu, Ross Gload
2B — Dan Uggla, Andy Gonzalez
SS — Hanley Ramirez, Andy Gonzalez
3B — Emilio Bonifacio, Wes Helms
LF — Jeremy Hermida
CF — Cameron Maybin
RF — Cody Ross, Brett Carroll

Ricky Nolasco
Josh Johnson
Chris Volstad
Anibal Sanchez

Matt Lindstrom (closer)
Leo Nunez
Logan Kensing
Kiko Calero
Renyel Pinto
Dan Meyer
Andrew Miller
Hayden Penn


Alfredo Amezaga

FYI regarding Penn. Some feel the Marlins could try sneaking him through waivers. From what I hear, he wouldn’t clear, so I expect him to stay in a long relief role for a little while.


— Joe Frisaro

Sanchez named fourth starter

Anibal Sanchez will be the fourth starter.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez put to rest speculation over who the fourth and fifth starters will be. Sanchez gets the nod to pitch on April 10 against the Mets, Florida’s fourth game.

Left-hander Andrew Miller, meanwhile, will be the No. 5 starter. Miller will remain with the team on Opening Day, and not be sent to the Minor Leagues for a start. His first start will be on April 15.

Because of early season off days, Florida won’t need a fifth starter until April 18. To give all five starters an extra day of rest, the team is placing Miller in on April 15, when the Marlins are at Atlanta.

Miller will pitch in long relief and be available in that capacity until April 11.

A reason Sanchez is going immediately in the rotation is because he is still building back after 2007 right shoulder surgery. And he’s had just one relief appearance in his MLB career, and that came when he was a rookie in 2006.

Miller made nine relief appearances and 20 starts for Florida last year.

Now the Marlins rotation is Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Sanchez and Miller.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Monday

What is going on Monday:

* The streak ended at 11 2/3 innings. One of Josh Johnson’s goals this spring was to not issue a walk. He almost did it. With two outs in the fifth inning, he walked Dusty Ryan. Johnson entered Monday night having gone through seven innings without issuing a free pass. The streak continued into the fourth innings against the Tigers. But with the count full to Ryan Raburn, Johnson struck Raburn on the hand. So he hit a batter before walking him. Johnson ran the count full to the next batter he faced, Jeff Larish. But he struck out Larish looking.

* Chris Volstad will start on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Anibal Sanchez will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

* Alfredo Amezaga is returning from the World Baseball Classic after experiencing stiffness in his left knee on Sunday night. Amezaga went 2-for-5 with a home runs for Mexico in their 17-7 loss to Australia. Amezaga will be examined by Marlins physicians on Tuesday.

* Matt Lindstrom’s first pitch in relief for Team USA on Sunday night against Venezuela was clocked at 100 mph.

“He looked pretty good,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That breaking ball looked good. That fastball command was outstanding. … I was real proud of him. To pitch in that kind of environment and keep his composure.”

* Andrew Miller is slated to throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

* Lefty reliever Taylor Tankersley threw like his of old when he struck out two and threw with authority in a one-two-three seventh inning. Renyel Pinto struck out the side in order in the sixth. And Dan Meyer stepped up with a scoreless eighth. The three lefties are in the mix for two relief jobs.

* Right fielder Brett Carroll ran into foul territory and made a terrific catch near the seats. After catching the drive by Placido Polanco, Carroll made an amazing turn and throw to third base. His throw sailed on a fly directly to third base, preventing Alex Avila from tagging and moving to third.

“Sometimes you just throw and let your instincts take over,” Carroll said. 

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Thursday

Observations from Thursday at Fort Lauderdale:

* Reliever Scott Proctor, who had surgery on his elbow last October, is experiencing a bout of scar tissue. The veteran is back in Jupiter, doing a long-toss program. The team is hopeful he will be back in games next week.

* Dallas McPherson was batting cleanup and playing third, while Gaby Sanchez was at first base on Thursday, hitting eighth.

* Don’t immediately discount Robert Andino’s chances of making the team. Because he is out of options, many believe it is a given that he won’t be on the Opening Day roster. That may not be the case, as the team is weighing whether to keep him as Hanley Ramirez’s backup.

* Keep an eye on Chris Coghlan. The third base/second base prospect is getting closer to being big league ready.

* Anibal Sanchez, who was pitching in relief on Thursday after Andrew Miller in Fort Lauderdale, will next pair up with Chris Volstad, who is pitching on Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

— Joe Frisaro


Camping out Wednesday

Worth noting from camp on Wednesday:

* Because Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco were scheduled to throw four innings each on Wednesday against Italy, relievers got in their work on the back fields. Logan Kensing threw to batters on the back field Wednesday morning to get in his work.

* In Saturday’s B Game against the Orioles on field two at Roger Dean Stadium, Ryan Tucker will start.

* Upcoming rotation: Andrew Miller (Thursday) against Orioles at Fort Lauderdale; Chris Volstad (Friday) against Red Sox in Fort Myers, and Sean West (Saturday) against Orioles at Roger Dean Stadium. Former Marlin Josh Beckett is starting for Boston on Friday.

* Minor League camp opens on March 9, which is around the time the team will begin making some cuts.

— Joe Frisaro



Camping out Tuesday

Worth noting on Tuesday: 

* After singling in his first at-bat, in his second at-bat, Hanley Ramirez was robbed of a single on a diving catch by second baseman Dan Uggla. Jumping on a first-pitch fastball by Ryan Tucker, Ramirez ripped the ball up the middle. But Uggla, shaded up the middle, left his feet and hauled in a back-handed grab. Reacting to the play, Ramirez waved his hand in a circle in Uggla’s direction.

* Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and catcher Miguel Fermin dressed out as extra players for the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team. The two were there to add some depth on Tuesday.

* Rotation ahead: Josh Johnson will start and Ricky Nolasco will relieve on Wednesday against Italy; Andrew Miller is slated to start, with Anibal Sanchez pitching out of the bullpen on Thursday against the Orioles at Fort Lauderdale; and Chris Volstad is slated to go on Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

* A “B Game” with the Orioles is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. on field two at Roger Dean Stadium.

* PGA golfer Billy Andrade was around the batting cage before the game. A Braves fan, Andrade has known Fredi Gonzalez for a few years. He is in town for the Honda Classic.

— Joe Frisaro