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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