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Wood optioned, Marlins interested in Smoltz

With the bullpen being so heavily used in the first three games of the series, the Marlins made a roster move following their 14-6 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night.

Right-hander Tim Wood was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. The team on Thursday will announce who will be called up.

The Marlins are exploring the waiver wires for possible relief help. A big name on Florida’s radar is veteran John Smoltz, recently released by the Red Sox. A source said the Marlins are interested in the right-hander. 

Choices are Chris Leroux and Cristhian Martinez. Both are at Double-A Jacksonville. Another right-hander to keep an eye on is veteran Esteban Yan, who has signed a Minor League deal and he was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans. Yan last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2006.

Yan is not on the 40-man roster, but Leroux and Martinez are.

The Marlins bullpen has pitched 16 1/3 innings in the first three games with Houston, with the series finale on Thursday night.

— Joe Frisaro


Pinto reinstated off DL

For weeks, Renyel Pinto targeted a return to the roster in the series opener with the Yankees.

The scheduling worked out perfectly.

On Friday, the Marlins announced Pinto was returned from his rehab assignment and reinstated on the 25-man roster. Right-hander Cristhian Martinez was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Pinto had been on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to May 23.

Adding Pinto once again gives Florida’s bullpen two left-handers. Pinto joins Dan Meyer.

In 24 games, Pinto is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA. He’s struck out 20 and walked 12 in 21 1/3 innings. Pinto spent this past week pitching in rehab assignments games. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he threw in back-to-back games for Triple-A New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro


Sanchez back on DL

Anibal Sanchez felt discomfort in his right shoulder while throwing a bullpen session on Thursday, and the right-hander is headed back to the disabled list.

Sanchez was on the DL from May 8-June 1 with a right shoulder sprain. He returned to the rotation on Tuesday, and threw three innings against the Brewers, giving up one run while tossing 71 pitches.

The Marlins are recalling Cristhian Martinez from Double-A Jacksonville to help out the bullpen.

Sanchez was next slated to start on Sunday against the Giants. Now, the team plans on calling up Ricky Nolasco from Triple-A New Orleans to pitch that day.

— Joe Frisaro

De Aza recalled from Triple-A

Alejandro De Aza was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, adding depth to the Marlins outfield.

After Monday’s win over the Brewers, the Marlins announced that they were optioning right-hander Cristhian Martinez to Double-A Jacksonville. Catcher Brett Hayes was optioned back to New Orleans.

Along with bringing up De Aza, the Marlins officially reinstated Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list.

Sanchez will be Florida’s starting pitcher on Tuesday.

De Aza will be making his second appearance this season for Florida.

In 41 games with the Zephyrs, the left-handed hitting De Aza was hitting .278. De Aza appeared in three games with the Marlins, going 3-for-9.

He plays all three outfield spots.

— Joe Frisaro

Hayes gets called up

Another day, another roster move for the Marlins.

On Friday afternoon, catcher Brett Hayes was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, taking the roster spot vacated when right-hander Cristhian Martinez was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

It’s the first time Hayes has been on a big league roster.

After having 14 pitchers and 11 position players on Thursday, Florida opens the series with the Rays at Land Shark Stadium with 12 position players and 13 pitchers.

The reason Hayes got the nod, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, is because he can catch, play first base, third base and left field, in case of an emergency.

While center fielder Cameron Maybin is getting his timing down at the plate at New Orleans, Gonzalez said the organization wanted to give the 22-year-old more seasoning.

“It makes more sense to keep him back there, and get some at-bats,” Gonzalez said.

Had Maybin been brought in, there was a chance he would only stay through the weekend series with Tampa Bay, and then be optioned back to New Orleans.

Hayes was in big league camp with the Marlins, and in 29 games with New Orleans, he’s hitting .277 with one home run and 16 RBIs.

It’s been a trying week for the Marlins. A rainout on Monday forced a doubleheader on Wednesday, and the bullpen that day was heavily used. Four relievers threw in both games — Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Kiko Calero and Dan Meyer.

Nunez and Calero are not available on Friday.

Nunez was disappointed in himself for giving up a three-run homer to Arizona’s Justin Upton in the 13th inning.

“He was upset at himself because he couldn’t give us any more than he had,” Gonzalez said.

The Marlins are hopeful Nunez will be available on Saturday.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins make roster moves

Due to the stress put on the bullpen from Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, the Marlins were forced to make a couple of moves on Thursday to add pitching depth.
To accommodate the extra arms, infielder Alfredo Amezaga was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retro active to Sunday, with a left knee contusion. Actually, Amezaga has a bone bruise, and he will be examined further on Friday by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.
The Marlins also optioned outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Triple-A New Orleans.
The new pitchers are right-handed pitcher Cristhian Martinez, who had his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville.
The Marlins also recalled lefty reliever Dave Davidson from Triple-A New Orleans.
These moves were made because the Marlins are hoping to stay away from all their relievers on Thursday. The plan is for starter Andrew Miller to go as deep as he can. If Miller has to leave early, Martinez, who is a starter, can pitch in long relief. Davidson will be the short reliever.
The moves leave the Marlins with 14 pitchers and 11 position players. Wes Helms, Ross Gload and Ronny Paulino were the only players on the bench.
On Friday, the Marlins are expected to add another position player — perhaps Brett Carroll.
— Joe Frisaro