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Marlins Thursday roster moves

The Marlins on Thursday afternoon made it official that right-handed reliever Tim Wood has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Wood, a 44th round pick in 2002, is being called up to the big leagues for the first time. He appeared in 14 games and compiled 16 1/3 innings for New Orleans, posting an 0.54 ERA.

The Marlins also officially designated right-hander Hayden Penn for assignment.

With Penn, the Marlins have 10 days to either trade him, release him or place him through waivers in the first seven of the 10 days. If he ends up clearing waivers, the Marlins then could assign him to one of their Minor League clubs, which most likely would be New Orleans.

Additionally, the team outrighted right-handed reliever Carlos Martinez to New Orleans. And pitcher Rick VandenHurk was recalled from his rehab assignment, and he was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and then optioned to New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro

De Aza called up

For the first time since 2007, Alejandro De Aza is back in the big leagues.

On Sunday morning, the Marlins selected De Aza’s contract from Triple-A New Orleans. To make room for him on the roster, reliever Carlos Martinez was optioned to New Orleans.

To fill a spot on the 40-man roster for De Aza, right-hander Rick VandenHurk was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

The need for an extra bench player surfaced on Saturday night when Alfredo Amezaga tweaked his left knee while rounding third base in the eighth inning in Florida’s 6-3 win.

The Marlins are hopeful Amezaga will just need a few days to get better. Amezaga said on Sunday morning that he may be available to bunt in the series finale with the Dodgers. But manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wouldn’t play Amezaga unless it is an extreme emergency.

De Aza has dealt with ankle injuries in 2006 and 2007, and he didn’t play in the big leagues last year.

— Joe Frisaro

Taylor optioned, Martinez recalled

Immediately after the Marlins lost 8-6 to the Braves on Wednesday night, lefty Graham Taylor was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Reliever Carlos Martinez will fill his roster spot, as the right-hander was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. 

Taylor had a rough outing on Wednesday, giving up eight runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. It was his shortest stint in three starts. 

In his short stint with the Marlins, Taylor was 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA. The left-hander had a reputation in the Minor Leagues for throwing strikes. But in 11 big league innings, he walked 12 and hit a batter.

Taylor has been filling Andrew Miller’s spot in the rotation. Miller, who is recovering from a strained right oblique, threw a rehab assignment game for the Class A Jupiter Hammerheads on Wednesday.

Miller will throw a rehab assignment start for Jacksonville on May 11, and he will rejoin the Marlins rotation on May 16 against the Dodgers. The Marlins are off on Monday, so they won’t need a fifth starter until May 16.

Martinez was in big league camp with the Marlins. The hard-throwing right-hander was with the club in 2006, but he experienced elbow problems and underwent Tommy John surgery.

For New Orleans, he has appeared in 12 games and thrown 11 innings, striking out 10 and walking six. He has a 4.09 ERA.

— Joe Frisaro

Gaby Sanchez at third?

If Emilio Bonifacio’s offensive struggles continue, the organization has no shortage of third base candidates — at the big league and Minor League levels.

Based on where he’s played in recent days, prospect Gaby Sanchez also could be in the mix. Sanchez, who entered Spring Training as the front runner to win the first base job, has played third base for Triple-A New Orleans the past two days.

Chris Coghlan has been getting most of the work at third. Sanchez has seen action at third base before, but in recent years, first base has become his primary position.

Sanchez is hitting .313 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games. 

Would the Marlins promote Sanchez in place of Bonifacio in the near future? That’s an option. Or the team could move first baseman Jorge Cantu back to third base, where he played last year, and use Sanchez at first.

Promoting the left-handed hitting Coghlan also could be a consideration.

In terms of relief pitching, right-hander Carlos Martinez is off to a terrific start. In 8 1/3 innings, he has nine strikeouts with three walks.

— Joe Frisaro