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Volstad's rotation spot open

Now that Chris Volstad has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins have a rotation opening that won’t be completely answered for a few days.

“Maybe we will have more after this weekend,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Volstad, who was sent down after Friday’s 9-5 loss to the Padres, would have been in line to throw on Wednesday, Sept. 2. against the Braves.

Internally, Rick VandenHurk may eventually get the nod. VandenHurk is pitching for Triple-A New Orleans, and his last start was on Thursday. So he would be ready to go.

Gonzalez said that the team is leaning toward keeping Burke Badenhop, who is on the disabled list, in the bullpen when he is ready to return.

Badenhop threw 3 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment in Jupiter on Friday. Badenhop is expected to be a September call-up.

The Marlins are interested in Brad Penny, who is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent on Monday. If Penny is signed, he could take the mound on Wednesday. The Red Sox recently released Penny, who also is drawing attention from the Giants and Yankees.

As for Volstad, the Marlins are looking to get the 22-year-old straigthened out. He falls in line to start for New Orleans on Wednesday. The Zephyrs’ season ends on Sept. 7, so he could get two starts at Triple-A.

“We’re kicking around what to do,” Gonzalez said.

The Marlins are looking for Volstad to regain his command and confidence. He may throw a couple of three-inning stints, or even skip pitching on Sept. 2 in hopes of refining his delivery while he clears his head.

— Joe Frisaro



Ayala and bullpen alternatives

Relief help is on its way for the Marlins.

The bullpen has been heavily taxed the past two games, combining to throw 13 2/3 innings, including 7 1/3 innings in Friday’s 9-5 loss to the Padres.

After the game, Chris Volstad was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, along with infielder Gaby Sanchez. The Marlins have yet to announce who will get called up. Reliever Luis Ayala, who last pitched an inning on Wednesday, is expected to be recalled from New Orleans.

Ayala has thrown multiple innings, but the Malrins are in need of long relief, because both Cristhian Martinez and Brian Sanches each have thrown more than two innings the past two days.

Tim Wood could be an option. The right-hander threw an inning on Thursday, and two more on Tuesday.

In the past two games, Anibal Sanchez and Volstad each combined to throw 5 1/3 innings for Florida, creating a tough situation for the bullpen.

Rosters expand on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Marlins will then be in position to better pick up their relievers.

Burke Badenhop could help the team right now, but on Friday, he threw 3 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment for Class A Jupiter. Badenhop is a possibility to replace Volstad in the rotation. So is Rick VandenHurk, who tossed six innings at New Orleans on Thursday.

Lefty Andrew Miller is pitching rehab games in the Gulf Coast League.

Before Friday’s game, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Miller and VandenHurk are likely candidates to pitch out of the bullpen when rosters expand. They may be counted on to start, if necessary.

The Marlins also are pursuing Brad Penny, who is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent on Monday. Penny, released by the Red Sox, also is drawing interest from the Giants.

— Joe Frisaro



Martinez recalled from Double-A

For the fifth time this season, Cristhian Martinez has been recalled by the Marlins.

The latest move was anticipated after Brendan Donnelly was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.

Donnelly, 38, strained his right calf while fielding Matt Diaz’s sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning.

With the Marlins bullpen already heavily used, the Marlins needed a reliever immediately. So Martinez, who was optioned to Double-A on Aug. 20, was recalled. Normally, a player optioned must stay down 10 days before being called up. The rules, however, allow a player to return if there is a disabled list situation.

Martinez was initially recalled on May 21. He’s been up and down repeatedly since. He last pitched on Thursday at Houston, throwing 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief.

Donnelly’s injury isn’t regarded as serious.

“I don’t expect him to go past 15 days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Donnelly technically went on the DL on Saturday.

The Marlins have some other relief options ready to return. Burke Badenhop, on the DL with a right trapezius strain, retired all 14 batters he faced in 4 2/3 innings of a rehab assignment for Class A Jupiter on Saturday. Badenhop is next scheduled to throw for Class A Jupiter on Thursday. But if he is needed at the big league level, he can be brought off the DL before that.

— Joe Frisaro


Badenhop on DL

The Marlins on Sunday placed Burke Badenhop on the 15-day disabled list with a right trap strain..

Reliever Tim Wood was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Badenhop made his second start of the season on Saturday. The right-hander struggled in 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, with five earned.

The Marlins lost 9-8 to the Cubs in 10 innings.

Badenhop has mostly been used in long relief.

— Joe Frisaro



Fifth starter undecided

With an off day on Monday, the Marlins don’t need a fifth starter until July 31 or Aug. 1.

One of the candidates to rejoin the rotation at that time is Andrew Miller, who was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 21.

Miller, however, is coming off a rough outing on Friday night. In 4 2/3 innings, the lefty walked nine, allowed six runs and three hits. He also struck out seven. Of his 105 pitches, 52 were strikes.

“He was rushing his delivery a little big,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Marlins are hopeful that Miller can get back on track.

While Miller is a candidate to be called up for the fifth spot, he isn’t the only choice.

Sean West, optioned to Double-A Jacksonville on July 11, could also be brought back up, Gonzalez said.

The Marlins also may stay from within, If that’s the case, Burke Badenhop, who has pitched in long relief, could be added to the rotation.

For now, the Marlins are using a four-man rotation. Chris Volstad, who pitches at the Dodgers on Sunday, could stay on a five-day schedule and pitch on Friday, July 31, at home against the Cubs.

The way it sounds, the fifth starter would be added on Aug. 1 of the Cubs’ series.

West pitched on Thursday, and he worked seven innings, striking out six while walking two. West allowed four runs, with two earned.

West is working on getting command of his off-speed pitches.

At Triple-A, Ryan Tucker, who was returning from knee surgery, is back starting. The hard-throwing right-hander could be an option to help as either a starter or reliever in the final two months. Tucker, however, wouldn’t be in the mix for Aug. 1.

— Joe Frisaro


Monday starter uncertain

Scratch Burke Badenhop off the list of potential starting pitchers for Monday night at San Diego.

After tossing two innings, and being tagged with the loss, on Friday night against the Phillies, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez ruled out using Badenhop in the series opener with the Padres at PETCO Park.

“We probably wouldn’t use Badenhop,” Gonzalez said.

The next option could be Rick VandenHurk, who is at Triple-A New Orleans. A decision is expected on Sunday.

VandenHurk has big league experience, but he has yet to pitch for Florida this season. He opened the year on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. He pitched in the World Baseball Classic for the Netherlands.

VandenHurk has enjoyed success at New Orleans, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in nine starts. The right-hander last pitched on Thursday, but his outing was cut short to three innings, which basically means it was a tuneup to be ready to go on Monday.

— Joe Frisaro


Rotation possibilities

The Marlins have yet to announce their starting pitcher for July 20 at San Diego. One reason is the team is weighing a number of possibilities.

“It all depends on the next three days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re looking at different scenarios.”

One option is to stay with what the team already has. Long reliever Burke Badenhop has made one start this season, but he’s been effective in a long relief role. The Marlins like him in that role, but this could be a one-start situation. The team could go with Badenhop in the opener with the Padres on Monday.

A second option is to dip into the Minor League system. Rick VandenHurk, at Triple-A New Orleans, had an abbreviated three-inning start on Thursday. If the team wanted, it could bring up the right-hander, who has big league experience in the past.

At New Orleans, VandenHurk is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in nine starts.

There is another factor in play, too. The Marlins have off days on July 23 and July 27. Because of those two days, besides Monday, they wouldn’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 1 at home against the Cubs.

Chris Volstad is lined up for Tuesday in San Diego, and the order after the 6-foot-8 right-hander is Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson and Andrew Miller. Those four could stay in order through July 31, a Friday night home game with the Cubs.

If the team waits until Aug. 1 for the fifth starter, Sean West, optioned to Double-A after last Saturday’s game in Arizona, could work himself back into the mix.

— Joe Frisaro



Wood offered needed relief

Not to be overlooked in the Marlins’ 7-4 loss to the Pirates on Friday night were three shutdown relief innings from Tim Wood, a recent callup from Triple-A New Orleans.

“He went three innings and 36 pitches,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He was very effective with his pitches. He really saved us. He really, really saved us, picking up those three innings. And he kept us in the ball game.”

Because of a 45-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning, starter Chris Volstad didn’t return for the fourth inning. That meant the bullpen needed to pick up some extra innings. Two days before, long reliever Burke Badenhop, tossed 2 2/3 innings in relief of Josh Johnson on Wednesday against the Nationals.

Long relief isn’t a role that Wood normally handles. But because Badenhop wasn’t available, Wood assumed long relief duties on Friday.

It marked the most innings he’s thrown since he returned from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery to his right elbow in 2006.

“I’ve made spot starts, but I didn’t go three innings,” Wood said on Saturday.

Friday was Wood’s third MLB appearance since being brought up.

He retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a single to Adam LaRoche followed by a walk to Garrett Jones. Wood was able to escape the jam by getting Andy LaRoche to tap a ground ball to shortstop.

Admittedly, Wood felt fatigued in his third straight inning.

“I was definitely getting tired,” he said. “I was getting winded a little bit. I was able to bear down and make some pitches.”

Wood held the score at 4-0 after six innings.

The Marlins are in need of bullpen help due to some injuries. Closer Matt Lindstrom (sprained right elbow) and Kiko Calero (right shoulder inflammation) are out.

The Marlins have come to terms with veteran reliever Luis Ayala to a Minor League contract. Ayala will get some work at Triple-A New Orleans before joining the club.

Lindstrom threw off flat ground for the second straight day, and he could be back shortly after the All-Star Break. Calero, who is scheduled to pitch in a rehab assignment game for Class A Jupiter on Saturday, may be ready to join the team late next week at Arizona.

Wood is striving to help out whenever he is called upon.

“I’m noticing that you have to throw strikes,” he said of how to achieve big league success. “You’ve got to be ahead in the count. You can’t fall behind and be in fastball counts. These guys are professional hitters. They don’t miss fastballs in fastball counts.”

— Joe Frisaro



Helms steals second

Wes Helms stole second base in the third inning on Wednesday.

This is headline material for the simple fact that it was the third MLB steal of the 33-year-old’s career. It also was his first steal since April 12, 2002 when he was with the Braves. He swiped it that day, ironically, against the Marlins.

Helms has never stolen as many as two bases in a season. In 2001 and 2002, he had one stolen base in each season, respectively.

Helms swiped second with Burke Badenhop attempting a bunt. He actually slid in safely after Badenhop struck out looking with the count full against Brett Myers.

— Joe Frisaro

Tuesday in review

Items of note from pregame on Tuesday.

* An MRI on Renyel Pinto confirmed the reliever is experiencing left elbow inflammation. Pinto was placed on the DL on Monday, retroactive to May 23. Pinto will be on no-throw status for a few days, and be re-evaluated.

* Ricky Nolasco, optioned to Triple-A New Orleans last Friday, will make his first Minor League start on Wednesday.

* The Marlins signed right-hander Clay Hensley to a Minor League contact, and he’s on the New Orleans roster. Hensley appeared in 32 games for the Padres last year.

* Burke Badenhop, who will start on Wednesday, will be on about a 65-70 pitch limit. The Marlins are hoping to get two starts out of either Badenhop or someone else — May 27 and June 2. If they get those starts, then by June 7, the team is hopeful that either Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco or Rick VandenHurk will be ready to join the rotation.

— Joe Frisaro