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Badenhop to start Wednesday

The Marlins have decided on who to start on Wednesday at Philadelphia.

Burke Badenhop will make his first start of the season. The right-hander has thrown out of the bullpen in long relief since he was called up from Triple-A New Orleans.

A sinkerball pitcher, the Marlins are hoping he can get his share of groundball outs in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

How long Badenhop can go is up in the air. He did make two starts at Triple-A, but those came in early April.

His longest outing with the Marlins has been 3 2/3 innings and 53 pitches, last Wednesday against Arizona.

— Joe Frisaro

Pregame Doubleheader highlights

What was worth keeping an eye on before the Marlins faced the Diamondbacks in a doubleheader on Wednesday.

* Alfredo Amezaga will not play until Saturday, at the earliest. Still nursing a deep bone bruise to the inside of his left knee, Amezaga last played in the eighth inning on Saturday. There is a chance he could be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 17. Amezaga will have his knee examined again by team Dr. Lee Kaplan on Friday, and more on his status will be known then.

* Burke Badenhop remains a candidate to pitch on Saturday against Tampa Bay.

* Jeremy Hermida hit in the second spot in Game 1 on Wednesday for the sixth time this season. Chris Coghlan started in left field and batted in the eighth spot for the first time.

* John Koronka was assigned outright to Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday. Koronka was designated for assignment last Sunday, and he will now head back to the Zephyrs.

— 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

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

Barone showing improvement

If the Marlins are looking to dip into their farm system for a starter to perhaps replace Anibal Sanchez in the short term, Daniel Barone is in line to pitch on Tuesday.

Sanchez hurt his right shoulder on Thursday in the fifth inning against the Braves. It hasn’t been officially announced that the right-hander will go on the disabled list, but indications are that is a given.

Barone pitched on Thursday night for New Orleans against Round Rock. His outing didn’t last too long, just 1 1/3 innings. Barone was finished after 29 pitches because he was ejected for hitting a batter.

The 26-year-old Barone saw limited time with the Marlins in 2007. With New Orleans, he is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA. Word is his fastball is 90-91 right now, and his slider and changeup have improved.

The Marlins haven’t said who will pitch at Milwaukee on Tuesday. If Barone doesn’t get the call, and the team stays with who is on the current roster, Burke Badenhop and Hayden Penn are choice.

— Joe Frisaro


Breaking down rotation options

Where to turn with Anibal Sanchez hampered by a right shoulder injury?

Well, Pedro Martinez is on the free agent market, but the veteran is believed to be looking for $5 million. So barring a dramatic drop in that figure, the Marlins don’t seem to be a choice. Paul Byrd is on the market, but his asking price has been $3 million.

Considering how cost conscious the Marlins are, those figures would be out of their league.

So the choice to find a replacement in the rotation likely will be internal. Sanchez’s spot comes up on Tuesday at Milwaukee, so there is time to make a decision.

Internally, Hayden Penn and Burke Badenhop have been used in long relief. Both have extensive experience starting.

In Penn’s case, there would be a question as to whether he is stretched out enough. Penn joined the Marlins in a trade from Baltimore late in Spring Training, and he hasn’t had a chance to starter either in a Grapefruit League or regular season game.

Penn’s longest stint has been three innings, at Chicago on May 2, when he threw 44 pitches.

Badenhop opened the season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he made two starts before being promoted to replace Andrew Miller when the left-hander went on the disabled list on April 20 with a right oblique strain. Badenhop threw two innings on Thursday, and the team would have to see if he is stretched out to throw 80-100 pitches.

Lefty Dan Meyer has been pitching out of the bullpen, and he’s been dependable. Meyer has started in the past, and he could be a choice. Chances are, however, the team will keep him as is.

Miller is on schedule to rejoin the rotation on May 16, so there isn’t a great need for a second lefty at the expense of removing a left-hander from the bullpen.

At the Minor League level, lefty Graham Taylor struggled in three big league starts, and he was sent down to Double-A Jacksonville.

A name to watch is Daniel Barone, who started for Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. Barone would be lined up to pitch on Tuesday. He could be a short-term option. Barone has some big league experience. He’s not on the 40-man roster, however.

At Double-A, lefty prospect Sean West has been inconsistent, and the team is being careful not to rush his development. Same with Aaron Thompson.

— Joe Frisaro


Sanchez visits Dr. Kaplan

A rough stretch for the Marlins just got even tougher.

Anibal Sanchez experienced pain after throwing a pitch on Thursday afternoon and he was removed in the fifth inning. He exited with right shoulder discomfort, and before the Marlins lost 4-2 to the Braves, Sanchez already was heading to team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. 

“When any pitcher comes out and tells you his shoulder hurts, and he was in pain, you’re thinking worst case scenario,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “But maybe it’s something just as simple as scar tissue breaking up. You don’t know.”

The 25-year-old from Venezuela threw a slider for a swinging strike to Atlanta’s Jeff Francoeur. Immediately, Sanchez indicated that something was wrong.

The right-hander walked behind the mound, and expressed frustration as assistant trainer Mike Kozak headed to the mound. Sanchez underwent right shoulder surgery by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2007. He has a 5.79 ERA in six starts.

Sanchez allowed four runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Burke Badenhop relieved Sanchez. 

The Marlins rotation already is thin with Andrew Miller still on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. Sanchez’s spot in the rotation comes up again on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

If the Marlins stay on staff, long relievers Badenhop or Hayden Penn are candidates to fill Sanchez’s spot. Another possibility is lefty Dan Meyer.

— Joe Frisaro

Penn sprains right ankle

Hayden Penn slipped coming off the mound in the sixth inning on Friday night, and after a few warmup tosses exited with a right ankle sprain.

The Marlins reliever was shaken up on Mike Fontenot’s single to right field. Coming off the mound and onto the grass, Penn fell to the ground while changing directions. He was examined by trainer Sean Cunningham and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Penn did take a few warmup tosses, but he pointed to his ankle and he was replaced by Burke Badenhop.

Penn worked one-third of an inning, issuing a walk, single and collecting a strikeout.

— 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

Sanchez, Badenhop optioned

When Spring Training began, Gaby Sanchez was a frontrunner to win the first base job. But the 25-year-old Miami native was hampered by a sore left knee and batted .194 in 36 at-bats.

On Tuesday. Sanchez and right-hander Burke Badenhop were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. 

Badenhop appeared in seven Graprefruit League games, and he’s thrown 11 Grapefruit League innings.

With Sanchez being sent down, it pretty much guarantees that Emilio Bonifacio will be the third baseman. Jorge Cantu will shift to first base.

Sanchez enjoyed a strong 2008 season at Double-A Carolina, batting .314 with 17 home runs and 92 RBIs. He was named the MVP of the Southern League.

— Joe Frisaro