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Sinkbeil recalled from New Orleans

Brett Sinkbeil, the Marlins first-round pick in 2006, has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.

This will mark the Major League debut for Sinkbeil, a 25-year-old right-hander who appeared in 58 games for the Zephyrs.

Formerly a starter, Sinkbeil has been used in relief this year. He posted a 3-3 record with a 5.71 ERA, stricking out 56 while walking 31.

Sinkbeil attended Missouri State, and he was picked in the first round of the same Draft the Marlins selected Chris Coghlan.

— Joe Frisaro


Bullpen options for Baltimore

For the Marlins to get back over .500 and into realistic playoff contention, they need to solidify their bullpen.

There are more unanswered questions, even after Josh Johnson’s brilliant eight-inning start on Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Rays.

When Johnson is on the mound, the bullpen pretty much gets a day off. Only closer Leo Nunez was used to polish up the ninth inning for his 15th save in 18 chances.

After the game, the Marlins announced they had designated Jorge Sosa for assignment and optioned Jay Buente to Triple-A New Orleans.

The club has yet to announce which two relievers would be getting called up for their series at Baltimore, which begins on Tuesday.

Burke Badenhop doesn’t appear to be one of them. Badenhop opened the season with the Marlins, but was optioned to Triple-A last month. Jose Veras, who is not on the 40-man roster, also was on the Opening Day roster before being designated for assignment in April.

If the Marlins stay with pitchers on their 40-man roster, there is a candidate to keep an eye on. Jose Ceda, the 23-year-old who was acquired from the Cubs for Kevin Gregg after the 2008 season.

Now, Ceda missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury. He was in Spring Training this season for a little while with the big league club.

Ceda is working his way back into shape at low Class A Greensboro, where he has thrown eight innings with five strikeouts and one walk. His ERA is 4.50, but three of the four runs he allowed came on June 5.

If Ceda doesn’t get the call as soon as Tuesday, he is a promising hard-thrower who likely will make his big league debut sometime this season. Ceda threw 30 innings at Double-A Tennessee in the Cubs system in 2008.

He remains a possibility to help the bullpen in the near future.

Veras, meanwhile, has appeared in 23 games at New Orleans. He’s struck out 35 and walked 15 in 28 1/3 innings. Veras pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday, striking out three, but walking two.

With Sosa designated for assignment, Veras could be added to the 40-man and active roster for Tuesday, if the team goes with him.

Kris Harvey, at Class A Jupiter, and Brett Sinkbeil, at Triple-A New Orleans, are other right-handed relievers who are on the 40-man roster. They may be in the mix, if not immediately then something this year.

— Joe Frisaro


Turnbow released, other moves

Derrick Turnbow, who injured his right shoulder on Tuesday, was released early Wednesday morning.

Signed to a Minor League deal, Turnbow was bothered by shoulder tendinitis for most of Spring Training. On Tuesday against the Nationals in Viera, he threw 10 pitches, with just two strikes. On his last pitch, he winched in pain, and said afterwards that he feels he will be shut down for a while, if not need surgery.

Turnbow said he will spend a few days in Florida, before heading to his home in Nashville. He plans on visiting either Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum. Turnbow is open to surgery.

“More than likely I’ll try to have surgery and get it fixed,” Turnbow said. “Unless it is something that is just going to take forever to come back.”

Turnbow added that the Marlins said they were open to giving him another chance down the road, after he recovers.

In other moves on Wednesday, the Marlins optioned Jay Buente and Brett Sinkbeil to Triple-A New Orleans. Kris Harvey was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Re-assigned to Minor League camp were Dan Jennings, Matt Dominguez, Matt Peterson, Chris Schroder, Chris Hatcher, Matt Dominguez and Ozzie Martinez.

— Joe Frisaro


Sinkbeil adjusting to bullpen

A new role has given Brett Sinkbeil a new comfort level.

Formerly a starter, the 25-year-old right-hander was switched from the rotation to the bullpen last season. The change improved his results.

At Triple-A New Orleans in 2009, Sinkbeil made 39 relief appearances, and his ERA was 2.94. He did struggle with consistently throwing strikes — as he struck out 28 and walked 26 in 49 innings. As a starter, he was 1-5 with a 10.59 ERA.

Sinkbeil, the Marlins’ first-round pick in 2006, is competing for a bullpen spot in Marlins Spring Training.

The organization feels Sinkbeil’s stuff works better out of the bullpen, where he is focusing on throwing two pitches instead of three. As a starter, the lack of a consistent third pitch hurt him as he went through the order.

For now, he has scrapped using the changeup, and he primarily throws a fastball (including a sinker) and slider.

“Last year we got my direction going towards the plate better,” Sinkbeil said. “We made some changes.”

The biggest adjustment to throwing out of the bullpen is being prepared every day, instead of pitching every fifth day.

“As a starter, pitching every five days, you have four days in between,” Sinkbeil said. “That was the biggest adjustment, doing my workouts, so I would be ready to go every day. That and you don’t have to worry about saving pitches for later in the game. You just give them your best stuff. You don’t have to hold back. It’s easier to get hitters out, because you’re not trying to set hitters up for future at-bats.”

— Joe Frisaro


Six Marlins sign

It’s a formality, but six players the club has control over have signed contracts for the 2010 season.

Headlining the list is first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who is competing for a starting spot. The team also signed right-handers Jay Buente, Jose Ceda and Brett Sinkbeil. Infielder Jorge Jimenez, a Rule 5 pick and catcher Brett Hayes also signed.

— Joe Frisaro