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Petersen recalled from Triple-A

The Marlins added a left-handed bat off the bench on Sunday morning, recalling outfielder Bryan Petersen from Triple-A New Orleans.

The 24-year-old has been called up and sent down a couple of times previously this season. He’s appeared in 12 games for the Marlins this season. He’s 1-for-16 with Florida, with his lone hit being a pinch-hit single in his first big league plate appearance.

Petersen, who was batting .259 at New Orleans, replaces the roster spot vacated when infielder Mike Lamb was designated for assignment.

Petersen is capable of playing all three outfield positions, and he also is a pinch-run options. He addes some outfield depth at a time Chris Coghlan is dealing with a lower back strain.

Coghlan left Saturday’s game after the fifth inning due to back discomfort.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins roster moves

Before facing the Braves on Thursday night, the Marlins made an assortment of roster moves.

The team recalled left-hander Taylor Tankersley and right-hander Jay Buente from Triple-A New Orleans. Infielder Mike Lamb had his contract selected from New Orleans. The veteran, who opened the season with the club, returns for his second stint. He becomes a left-handed bat off the bench.

The Marlins also placed lefty reliever Renyel Pinto on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip strain.

Tankersley joins Dan Meyer as the lefties working out of the pen. The former first-round pick in 2004 is in the big leagues for the first time since July of 2008. He missed all of last year after undergoing stress fracture elbow surgery.

Tankersley appeared in 20 games with New Orleans. In 19 1/3 innings, he struck out 17 and walked six.

Buente, like Tankersley, was in big league camp with the Marlins. At New Orleans, the right-hander struck out 35 in 26 2/3 innings, but he has walked 17.

Badenhop has struggled in May. The right-hander, who suffered the loss on Wednesday, has given up at least one run in six of his seven appearances in May.

Lamb had been playing third base at New Orleans. He was 10-for-40 (.250) with the Zephyrs.

After Wednesday’s game, the Marlins optioned outfielder Bryan Petersen to Triple-A.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins option Petersen

Bryan Petersen, who has seen limited playing time, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the Marlins’ 7-3 loss to the Braves on Wednesday night.

The team didn’t announce who would get brought up. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team would announce who is getting the call up on Thursday.

A source said it will be lefty reliever Taylor Tankersley.

At Triple-A New Orleans, Tankersley is 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA. In 19 innings, he has struck out 17, while walking six.

If the Marlins consider adding a position player, among position players in line to be called up are Emilio Bonifacio, who is at Triple-A New Orleans. And Mike Lamb, who is not on the 40-man roster. Bonifacio is on the 40-man. It is still a week or two too early for Mike Stanton to get the call.

Petersen was 1-for-16 with the Marlins, with his lone hit coming in his first MLB at-bat.

“He’s a young player, sitting on the bench, and pinch-hitting every once a game, that’s not what you want to have with a young player,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez joked afterwards when asked if the initials of the player being called up is M.S, “You mean Mike Schmidt.”

— Joe Frisaro


Baker on DL, Petersen recalled

The Marlins on Saturday placed catcher John Baker on the 15-day disabled list, retro to May 13, with a right flexor muscle strain.

Outfielder Bryan Petersen was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins added catching depth on Thursday when Brett Hayes was recalled from Triple-A.

In Spring Training, Baker was bothered by a right forearm muscle strain, and he missed considerable time.

Ronny Paulino has been playing mroe of late behind the plate. Paulino initially was platooning with Baker.

Outfielder John Raynor, who was returned to the Marlins after being a Rule 5 claim with the Pirates, is now playing for Triple-A New Orleans. Raynor had been seeing some action in extended spring in Jupiter.

— Joe Frisaro


Petersen to get call, Lamb designated

After Thursday night’s loss to the Giants, the Marlins announced they are designating Mike Lamb for assignment, and selecting the contract of Bryan Petersen.

Petersen, who was at Triple-A New Orleans, was added to the 40-man roster, in place of Lamb, who had been the lefty bat off the bench.

A left-handed hitter, Petersen enjoyed a strong Spring Training, and he is an option to bat at the top of the order.

The announcement was made on Thursday, and Petersen will join the team in Washington on Friday.

With Cameron Maybin struggling, Cody Ross may end up playing more in center field, with Petersen being an option to play right field.

Now that Lamb has been designated, Doug Mientkiewicz is someone to watch at Triple-A New Orleans. Mientkiewicz, signed recently to a Minor League deal, becomes an option to join the team as the left-handed bat off the bench.

Promoting Petersen also creates an opening for John Raynor to see playing time at New Orleans.

The surplus of outfielders the Marlins have in the organization increases the likelihood of a June trade for relief help. Early June remains a realistic target date to promote Mike Stanton.

— Joe Frisaro


Leadoff options? Maybe Bonifacio

On May 8, 2009, the Marlins promoted Chris Coghlan from Triple-A New Orleans in an attempt to upgrade production at the top of their order.

From an organizational standpoint, the decision was an easy one. Coghlan was batting .344 with a .418 on-base percentage after 96 at-bats for New Orleans. He initially slid into the No. 2 spot, but eventually secured the leadoff spot.

emilio-bonifacio-p1.jpgThe rest of the story, you already know. Coghlan became a terrific story. He caught fire in the second half, and won the N.L. Rookie of the Year, batting .321.

Almost a year later, the Marlins find themselves in a similar situation. Once again, theys are struggling to find consistency at the top of the order.

Coghlan opened the year in the leadoff spot, but he struggle and was swapped to second for Cameron Maybin. The trouble now is both Maybin and Coghlan are scuffling.

Maybin is batting .238 with a .304 on-base percentage. He’s having trouble with strikeouts, having fanned at least once in 16 straight games. He struck out twice on Wednesday night, and was pinch-hit for by Wes Helms in the late innings.

Coghlan, meanwhile, is hitting .180 with a .240 on-base percentage in 89 at-bats. Of late, he has not started against left-handed pitching, with Brett Carroll getting the nod. And manager Fredi Gonzalez has said it isn’t automatic that he will bat second when he is playing.

Gaby Sanchez may get more of a look at that spot.

The problem facing the Marlins is, what are the alternatives? Unlike last May, the organization doesn’t have a natural leadoff-type hitter tearing it up in the Minor Leagues.

One alternative is Emilio Bonifacio. Actually, bringing back Boni and playing him every day for a while leading off may be what the team decides. Bonifacio was optioned to Triple-A a few weeks back. He’s hit leadoff for the Zephyrs, playing a number of different positions.

On Wednesday night, Bonifacio started in center field, which may be a sign of what the Marlins are thinking. Boni, though, has struggled getting on base consistently in 18 games and 74 at-bats. His batting average is .257 with a .286 on-base percentage.

What works in Boni’s favor is his game-changing speed, and the fact the Marlins want to see if he can turn it around. So promoting him and giving him an opportunity may be what the team decides. That move may be coming quickly.

The Marlins have Minor League outfield depth, especially now that John Raynor was returned to the organization after he was released by the Pirates. Last December, Pittsburgh selected Raynor in the Rule 5 Draft. Since he was designated recently, he once again rejoins Florida. The Marlins did explore a trade with Pittsburgh, but nothing could be worked out.

Bryan Petersen is a talented speedster who someday projects to be in the mix to lead off for the Marlins. Petersen is enjoying a strong first half for New Orleans. But not being on the 40-man roster hurts his chances of a quick promotion. Bonifacio, on the 40-man roster, is more likely to get the call than Petersen or Raynor, who also isn’t on the 40-man roster.

The way Mike Stanton has been dominating at Double-A Jacksonville makes it highly likely he will get called up in early June. At that point, the organization will have to create space on the 40-man roster for Stanton.

With so many talented outfielders in their Minor League system, a trade is quite possible after June. Raynor, Petersen, Stanton and Scott Cousins are close to being big league ready.

Some have speculated that Dan Uggla could be dealt by the July 31 deadline. That is highly doubtful, because the Marlins are expecting to contend. Uggla is having a strong season, and it is unlikely he would be moved during the season. Now, after the year is over, that is certainly possible.

The Marlins traditionally have made their trades based on depth in the organization. There isn’t an automatic replacement for Uggla at second right now. Some say Coghlan, but he has one game at second since joining the big leagues. The team wouldn’t switch him there in midseason.

Cody Ross may become a trade option, if the team hopes to put Stanton in right field. Again, the Marlins are trying to win this year. Ross is a proven player.

The way things are shaping up now, Stanton would project to replace either Maybin or Coghlan, if neither has turned it around by June.

— Joe Frisaro

Could Raynor return to Marlins?

When the Pirates purchased the contract of pitcher Jeff Karstens on Tuesday, they were forced to make a difficult roster decision. They ended up designating outfielder John Raynor for assignment.

Since Raynor was a Rule 5 claim by the Pirates off the Marlins’ Minor League roster, there is a chance the speedster will return to Florida.

Last December, Raynor was not protected on the Marlins’ 40-man roster, and the Pirates picked him in the Rule 5 Draft. The stipulation with Rule 5 claims is they must stay on the 25-man roster the entire season.

Technically, Raynor is going through waivers. The Marlins have first dibs to bring him back. If they do so, he could be sent to Triple-A New Orleans and not be on the 40-man roster.

The question the Marlins are asking themselves is whether they have a need for Raynor.

At Triple-A New Orleans, the outfield has Scott Cousins, Bryan Petersen and Jason Lane. Emilio Bonifacio also is seeing time in the outfield.

If the Marlins decide they don’t have a fit for Raynor, they could attempt to trade him back to the Pirates for a prospect.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Mets lineups for Monday

On a wet afternoon, the Marlins and Mets are taking the field at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

Anibal Sanchez and Jon Niese are the starting pitchers.







1) Bryan Petersen, RF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 1B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Hector Luna, 3B

8) Brian Barden, LF

9) Anibal Sanchez, P







1) Angel Pagan, LF

2) Alex Cora, 2B

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Daniel Murphy, 1B

5) Jeff Francoeur, RF

6) Gary Matthews Jr., CF

7) Henry Blanco, C

8) Ruben Tejada, SS

9) Jon Niese, P

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Astros lineups

The Marlins send Ricky Nolasco to the mound on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. The Astros will be going with Felipe Paulino.







1) Michael Bourn, CF

2) Jeff Keppinger, 2B

3) Cory Sullivan, RF

4) Jason Michaels, LF

5) Geoff Blum, 1B

6) Chris Johnson, 3B

7) Edwin Maysonet, SS

8) Juan Castro, C

9) Felipe Paulino, P







1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

8) Bryan Petersen, RF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

— Joe Frisaro


Condor taking off in camp

A little advice for prospects in their first big league camp — be careful what you wish for.

If you’re not, you might find a picture of yourself with your face photo-shopped on top of a large vulture.

condor1a.jpgProspect Bryan Petersen inadvertently coined his own nickname, and veteran Wes Helms has made sure it sticks.

Petersen recently stated he wanted a cool, bird-like nickname, and the outfielder tossed out the named, “Condor.”

Now, the name plate above Petersen’s locker reads, “Condor.”

Ok, it doesn’t roll off the tongue like Roy “Doc” Halladay, or the “Sultan of Swat,” or Hanley Ramirez’s “H2R” moniker, but it works in the Marlins clubhouse.

The nickname evolved earlier in camp when Petersen saw Andre Dawson walk through the clubhouse. Because Dawson is commonly called “Hawk,” Petersen basically made a throw-away comment that he wished he had a cool nickname like Hawk.

The exchange between Petersen and Helms went something like this:

Petersen: “I wish I had a cool one syllable nickname like Condor.”

Helms replied: “First of all, Condor is two syllables, and second, that’s your nickname.”

Called “Uncle Wes” by his teammates, Helms is taking Petersen under his wing. So much so that Helms insisted on Petersen’s locker be moved next to his, so he can keep close tabs on the young outfielder.

The nickname Petersen commonly goes by is “Petey.” But “Condor” is catching on.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo courtesy of Wes Helms)