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Maybin exits with left groin strain

Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin, who flinched while taking a swing in the seventh inning on Friday night, was removed during the middle of the at-bat with a left groin strain.

He is listed as day to day.

But after the Marlins beat the Braves, 7-1, Maybin said he expected to be ready for Saturday.

“Two swings in a row, I felt my groin grab a little bit,” Maybin said. “They wanted me to take it easy for precautionary reasons. We’ll see how it feels, and I hope to be back in the lineup tomorrow.”

Maybin was having a strong game against the Braves. He led off with a home run, and he made a terrific diving catch to rob Tommy Hanson in the third inning.

Mike Stanton replaced Maybin, assuming the at-bat against Cristhian Martinez. Stanton swung through strike three, but the strikeout was recorded to Maybin.

In the first inning, Maybin and Logan Morrison became the first pair in Marlins history to belt back-to-back home runs in the team’s first at-bat.

Emilio Bonifacio replaced Maybin in center field, while Stanton remained in the game, moving to right field.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins make roster moves

Early on Friday, the Marlins made some additional roster moves.

Optioned to Triple-A New Orleans were Taylor Tankersley, Cristhian Martinez, Scott Cousins and Jai Miller.

Assigned to Minor League camp were Kasey Olenberger, Vinny Rottino and Danny Richar.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins announce signings

The number of Marlins not under contract keeps dwindling.

On Saturday, the team announced they’ve signed 12 players to deals for 2010. All are under club control, and their deals are a formality.

Signing were OF Scott Cousins, RHP Kris Harvey, LHP Hunter Jones, RHP Cristhian Martinez, RHP Hayden Penn, RHP Rick VandenHurk, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Sean West, RHP Burke Badenhop, LHP Dan Meyer and INF Emilio Bonifacio.

— Joe Frisaro



Ayala, Wood recalled

A depleted bullpen picked up two fresh arms on Saturday, as the Marlins recalled from Triple-A New Orleans relievers Luis Ayala and Tim Wood.

The two right-handers were added to help preserve a bullpen that has picked up 12 2/3 innings the past two games.

Ayala and Wood were added to fill the roster spots of Chris Volstad and Gaby Sanchez. Both were optioned to Triple-A on Friday night.

Both Wood and Ayala have split time this year with the Marlins and Triple-A.

Wood has a 1-2 record with a 3.18 ERA in 31 games with New Orleans. He last threw an inning on Thursday.

Ayala has made nine appearances with New Orleans, and he last threw on Wednesday.

Rosters expand on Tuesday, and the Marlins are hoping to preserve their bullpen until then.

The Marlins are shying away from their two primary long relievers, Cristhian Martinez and Brian Sanches.

Sanches threw 2 1/3 innings on Friday, and Martinez tossed 3 1/3 innings on Thursday.

Asked who was available for long relief on Saturday against the Padres, manager Fredi Gonzalez quipped: “Don’t ask me that.”

The Marlins are hopeful starter Ricky Nolasco can go deep into the game. However, if there is a need for a reliever to throw multiple innings, both Ayala and Wood are candidates.

Gonzalez said he is hoping to avoid using Sanches the rest of the weekend.

— Joe Frisaro


— 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


Donnelly going on DL

Not wanting to chance further injury, the Marlins are placing veteran reliever Brendan Donnelly on the 15-day disabled list.

The 38-year-old right-hander strained his right calf while fielding a bunt in Florida’s 4-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field on Saturday night.

The injury occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning. Donnelly sprinted off the mound to field Matt Diaz’s sacrifice bunt. The reliever threw across his body while he was near the first-base line. He field discomfort on the play.

Immediately manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound. Donnelly threw a warmup pitch, and immediately was replaced by Matt Lindstrom.

The Marlins didn’t announce who would be called up for Sunday’s series finale with the Braves. A likely choice is Double-A Jacksonville right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who was optioned on Aug. 20. Martinez is eligible to return because it is a DL situation. Normally, a player must wait 10 days after being optioned to be recalled.

— Joe Frisaro


Martinez makes impression

Four different times Cristhian Martinez has been called up and sent back down to Double-A Jacksonville. Each time, the right-hander has shown why the team thinks he has a bright future in the big leagues.

Martinez was optioned to Double-A after Thursday’s game to make room for Anibal Sanchez to be reinstated off the disabled list.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez credits Martinez for “saving the bullpen” on Thursday. The right-hander also prevented Josh Johnson’s ERA from shooting up. Johnson exited after 4 1/3 innings with the bases loaded. The Astros had already scored four times off Johnson, and they threatened to add on some more runs.

But Martinez worked out of the fifth by getting Carlos Lee to tap into a double play, ending the inning. He ended up throwing 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief.

In seven big league games, the right-hander has 12 1/3 innings pitched. What the Marlins like is he’s struck out 13 and walked just two.

If he isn’t called back up before Sept. 1, Martinez is a lock to be a September callup.

“You kind of like to reward guys who do well and throw strikes,” Gonzalez said. “He’s done that.”

— Joe Frisaro


Anibal Sanchez to start

For the first time since June 2, Anibal Sanchez will be making a big league start.

After the Marlins suffered a 4-1 loss to the Astros on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park, the team announced Sanchez will take the mound on Friday against the Braves at Turner Field.

Sanchez will be reinstated off the disabled list on Friday, and he will pitch in the series opener. Atlanta is going with Javier Vazquez.

Right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who threw 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief on Thursday, was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Sanchez has been on the DL since June 3 with a right shoulder sprain.

For most of the season, Sanchez’s shoulder hasn’t been quite right. He has made seven big league starts, and he’s 1-4 with a 5.55 ERA.

On June 2 against the Brewers, he threw three innings before aggravating his shoulder. He walked off the mound that day clearly frustrated.

The same shoulder required surgery in June 2007.

Sanchez made two rehab assignment starts for Double-A Jacksonville. He last pitched on Monday, working 3 1/3 innings while throwing 45 pitches.

— Joe Frisaro


Martinez recalled from Double-A

The Marlins on Friday recalled right-hander Cristhian Martinez from Double-A Jacksonville to fill the roster spot vacated when Chris Leroux was optioned to Double-A.

Martinez is a long-relief option.

Leroux was brought up on Thursday, and he pitched in the ninth inning in a 9-2 win over the Astros. But after the game, he was sent back down.

The Marlins are carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players.

— Joe Frisaro


Leroux optioned to Double-A

On Thursday afternoon, Chris Leroux joined the Marlins after being called up from Double-A Jacksonville.

After Florida beat the Astros, 9-2, Leroux was optioned back to Double-A.

The right-hander pitched the ninth inning on Thursday, giving up one run on two hits with two walks. He threw 25 pitches. 

The Marlins will announce on Friday who will replace Leroux in the bullpen. Cristhian Martinez, at Double-A Jacksonville, is an option to get called up.

— Joe Frisaro