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Sanches almost made a hit

An overturned call by the official scorer on Wednesday night cost Brian Sanches a hit and some extra pocket change. Well, more like $175.

The play in question came in the fifth inning in Florida’s 9-6 loss to the Brewers. Sanches hit for the first time in his MLB career, and off Braden Looper he slapped a swinging bunt with the bases loaded.

The ball dribbled to the third-base side of the mound. Looper fielded it, and initially thought about coming to the plate. Instead, he threw to first, and the toss was off the mark. Sanches reached. The first running was RBI single.

But after reviewing the play, the official scorer changed it to an error on Looper. The RBI stood, but the hit was wiped away.

It was a costly change. The Marlins relievers — and there are seven of them — have come up with a reward system for each time one of them gets a hit.

For a single, they’ve all agreed to pay $25 each. For a double, the price rises to $50. Triples are worth $75 and a home run is $100.

Unfortunately for Sanches, there is no reward for RBIs.

— Joe Frisaro

Highlights from Monday

Some of the highlights from pregame Monday at Land Shark Stadium:

* Alfredo Amezaga had an MRI on his left knee on Monday. It’s more precautionary, because the same knee was sprained during the World Baseball Classic in March. Manager Fredi Gonzalez feels Amezaga will miss another two or three days.

* Brian Sanches was added to the roster to provide bullpen help. Sanches was at Triple-A New Orleans.

* Reliever Kiko Calero, who has appeared in 22 games, is getting a couple of days to relax. Because he’s been so heavily used, Calero is not available on Monday and Tuesday. He said he should be fine by Wednesday.

* Anibal Sanchez, on the DL with a sprained right shoulder, will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. Sanchez said he feels he could be back in about two weeks, a much brighter forecast than the two months initially feared.

* Hayden Penn and Burke Badenhop remain the frontrunners to get the starting nod on Friday against the Rays. Gonzalez ruled out using lefty Dan Meyer. The next few days will determine who gets the call. If a starter early in the week is unable to go deep into games, then Penn and/or Badenhop might be used in long relief.

* Gonzalez has thought about hitting Dan Uggla in the second hole, where he enjoyed great success early in his career. Uggla has batted there once this year, when the team was at Colorado last week. One reason that hasn’t been done consistently is because the lineup then may stack up three straight left-handed hitters — John Baker, Jeremy Hermida and Chris Coghlan.  

— Joe Frisaro

Sanches adds relief

Brian Sanches familiarized himself with the Marlins in Spring Training.

Now, the right-hander will have a chance to contribute to the team.

The Marlins on Monday announced that they selected the contract of Sanches from Triple-A New Orleans.

Sanches was brought in to fill the roster spot of lefty John Koronka, who was designated for assignment o Sunday.

Sanches was added to provide depth to a heavily used bullpen. He was given a long look in Spring Training, but opened the year in New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins designate Koronka

After a rough start on Sunday afternoon, left-hander John Koronka was designated for assignment following Florida’s 12-5 loss to the Dodgers at Land Shark Stadium.

Making his second start since being brought up from Triple-A New Orleans, Koronka worked 2 2/3 innings, and he gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

The lefty hurt himself by making two throwing errors that accounted for two unearned runs he was charged with.

The Marlins have yet to announce who will replace the lefty. But manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that it would be a pitcher to help an overworked Florida bullpen.

If the Marlins are looking to Triple-A New Orleans, right-hander Brian Sanches, who was in Spring Training with the club, could be a candidate.

The Marlins also have yet to announce who will replace Koronka in the rotation. Gonzalez said the team is leaning towards either long relievers Hayden Penn or Burke Badenhop. Both have experience starting.

Either of those choices would go on Friday against the Rays in Miami.

Penn threw 2 1/3 innings in relief of Koronka on Sunday, and he struck out five.

Badenhop also threw 2 1/3 innings on Sunday, and he gave up four runs on four hits.

— Joe Frisaro