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Turnbow released, other moves

Derrick Turnbow, who injured his right shoulder on Tuesday, was released early Wednesday morning.

Signed to a Minor League deal, Turnbow was bothered by shoulder tendinitis for most of Spring Training. On Tuesday against the Nationals in Viera, he threw 10 pitches, with just two strikes. On his last pitch, he winched in pain, and said afterwards that he feels he will be shut down for a while, if not need surgery.

Turnbow said he will spend a few days in Florida, before heading to his home in Nashville. He plans on visiting either Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum. Turnbow is open to surgery.

“More than likely I’ll try to have surgery and get it fixed,” Turnbow said. “Unless it is something that is just going to take forever to come back.”

Turnbow added that the Marlins said they were open to giving him another chance down the road, after he recovers.

In other moves on Wednesday, the Marlins optioned Jay Buente and Brett Sinkbeil to Triple-A New Orleans. Kris Harvey was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Re-assigned to Minor League camp were Dan Jennings, Matt Dominguez, Matt Peterson, Chris Schroder, Chris Hatcher, Matt Dominguez and Ozzie Martinez.

— Joe Frisaro


Turnbow exits with injury

Derrick Turnbow was removed in the eighth inning after hitting a batter with a pitch.

The right-handed reliever, who is trying to make the Marlins as a non-roster invitee, favored his right shoulder on a day he struggled to throw strikes.

Turnbow walked Pete Orr on four pitches, and his sixth pitch to Danny Espinosa hit the Nationals shortstop.

Twice in the inning, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound. The second visit, Turnbow was removed for lefty Taylor Tankersley.

Turnbow has battled shoulder tendinitis this spring.

Eight of the 10 pitches Turnbow threw were balls.

In 2001, Turnbow suffered a broken right elbow.

“This pain is 10 times worse than that broken elbow,” Turnbow said.”Whatever it is, I’m going to be shut down for a while. My chance for the big league team is over, either way.”

— Joe Frisaro


Ross, Maybin play catch

When the Marlins took the field for morning workouts at Roger Dean Stadium, among the group stretching were Cameron Maybin and Cody Ross.

That’s an encouraging sign considering both are dealing with left groin strains.

codycam1a.jpgAt this point, neither of them are running. But they will do some throwing. The hope, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, is they will miss “five or six days” and not five or six weeks.

Maybin was injured on Sunday while rounding third base and scoring a run against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Ross, meanwhile, tweaked his groin during warmups on Monday before the Marlins faced the Mets. The right fielder had been nursing a sore right thumb, which is feeling considerably better.

Ross took batting practice on the field and then hit in the cage. Maybin, meanwhile, threw but didn’t bat. He says he will do some batting on Wednesday.

Ross may test his legs by doing some light jogging on Wednesday.

With Ross and Maybin out, the Marlins are giving plenty of outfield opportunity to prospects in camp. Jai Miller started in center field on Tuesday against the Red Sox, and Bryan Petersen was in right field.

Catcher John Baker is expected to begin throwing on Wednesday. He’s been out with a right forearm muscle strain. On Monday, Baker took some swings off a tee on Monday.

Derrick Turnbow, out with a sore right shoulder, threw 33 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

Hampered by some tendinitis, the veteran right-hander is hoping to play in a game either on Friday or Saturday. He says he needs about seven or eight innings of work in Spring Training to be ready for the season.

Signed to a Minor League contract, Turnbow has an out clause that kicks in on April 1. If he feels he isn’t part of the team’s plans by that date, he could opt out and become a free agent.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo credit to Kelly Gavin/Florida Marlins)



Maybin, Ross resting injuries

Early prognosis is Cameron Maybin will not do baseball activities for at least a few days. Perhaps by the end of the week, he will be on his way to returning to games.

Maybin strained his left groin on Sunday while scoring on a play from first-to-third.

cody1a.JPGMaybin isn’t the only projected Marlins starting outfielder to be out for a few days with an injury. Right fielder Cody Ross, who has been resting a sore right thumb, was scratched from the starting lineup after taking batting practice and doing normal pregame workouts.

While warming up, Ross strained his groin. His thumb didn’t bother him hitting.

Ross was on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium, taking swings before the Marlins were scheduled to face the Mets at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Ross initially was in the starting lineup, set to bat fifth. Scott Cousins replaced Ross.

In the meantime, catcher John Baker (strained right forearm muscle) may start throwing on Wednesday, when he also could begin taking batting practice. Reliever Derrick Turnbow (sore right shoulder) also could begin throwing again on Wednesday.

Maybin noted he may slow down a bit when he knows he is scoring easily.

“We’ve been running all spring, and running first-to-home,” Maybin said on Monday. “I thought I had got to third as fast as I have all spring. My legs felt great. That’s definitely a good thing. Now, I know when I can score easily to back off a little bit.”

— Joe Frisaro



On the mend … Ross ready to go

With some protective wrapping on his right hand, Cody Ross took batting practice on a back field at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday , Going through a full practice of fielding, throwing and hitting, the outfielder said “I’m good to go.”

Ross has been resting a sore right thumb. He is out of the lineup on Sunday, but he will play on Monday against the Mets in Jupiter. The Marlins have a split squad day. They also play at Viera against the Nationals.

Catcher John Baker (strained right foreman muscle) could be playing in games again by Wednesday or Thursday. The same is true for reliever Derrick Turnbow (sore right shoulder).

— Joe Frisaro


Baker, Turnbow, Ross resting ailments

Some minor ailments have popped up in Marlins camp. Nothing major, but issues the team is taking precautionary measures with.

Catcher John Baker took an MRI on Friday, and he has a muscle strain in his right forearm. He has been shut down from throwing for three days. Reliever Derrick Turnbow has a sore right shoulder, and outfielder Cody Ross has a sore right thumb.

Ross was jammed while taking swings in live batting practice. He should be ready in a couple of days. Turnbow also shouldn’t miss more than another couple of games.

— Joe Frisaro


Live BP has its hazards

The hazards of live batting showed up on Sunday afternoon.

On two separate practice fields, Cody Ross and Gaby Sanchez were each drilled by pitches.

Sean West pegged Ross on the inside of his right ankle, while Ricky Nolasco drilled Sanchez on the left hip. Both batters are now sporting bruises, occupational hazards in the sport.

gabys.JPGBoth are fine and continued taking their swings on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium.

In these hitting sessions, pitchers are throwing from behind protective L Screens, while hitters are inside  cages, commonly called a turtles.

For the most part, hitters and pitchers don’t like performing in these controlled situations. But they are part of the preparation process.

“You’re just trying to go up there to work on your game,” Sanchez said. “You’re trying to get in there, and see the ball. You’re trying to pick out good pitches, and recognizing them, so when you start the games, you’ve got a little bit of it.”

Reliever Derrick Turnbow isn’t a big fan of throwing to batters from behind a screen.

A former All-Star with the Brewers, he said a few years ago while with Milwaukee, pitchers threw live BP to their pitchers. He remembers the uneasiness of pitching to former Brewers star Ben Sheets.

“It doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal at all, but you’ve got an L screen in front of you,” Turnbow said. “You’re throwing to your own guys. It’s uncomfortable. I don’t personally like it. It’s one of those things you have to do. Everybody does it. You just try to get through it.”

— Joe Frisaro


High school reunion

Once rivals in high school, they’re now potential teammates in the big leagues.

Two-time All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla once played high school baseball against reliever Derrick Turnbow, who is striving to make the roster on a Minor League contract.

Both played prep ball in Tennessee.

Turnbow attended Franklin High, while Uggla was at Columbia Central High.

When Uggla was a junior, he faced Turnbow, then a senior. A number of scouts were on hand to watch Turnbow.

Uggla remembers hitting a double.

“That’s the only hit I ever got off him,” Uggla said.

Turnbow, though, struck Uggla out twice in that game. From what Uggla recalls, Columbia pulled out a close win, despite having three hits.

At the big league level, Uggla has three plate appearances against Turnbow. Twice he struck out, and he also drew a walk.

— Joe Frisaro


McClung to join pen?

Looks like another former Brewer will be in Marlins camp when pitchers and catchers begin Spring Training on Feb. 20 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

Seth McClung, who will turn 30 on Super Bowl Sunday, is close to finalizing a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Last Friday, the Marlins announced they have signed former Milwaukee All-Star closer Derrick Turnbow to a Minor League contract.

If Turnbow makes the team, he will make $600,000 with a chance for $50,000 in incentives.

McClung will compete for a spot in the bullpen.

McClung also strongly considered the Cardinals, Giants and Nationals.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins interested in Gregg

A former Marlins reliever could be returning to Florida.

The Marlins have made a contract offer to veteran Kevin Gregg, according to Ken Rosenthal of has confirmed the Marlins indeed have interest in Gregg as an eighth-inning setup reliever for closer Leo Nunez.

After spending 2007 and 2008 as the Marlins closer, Florida traded Gregg to the Cubs for reliever Jose Ceda, who was injured for all of 2009.

The Marlins are seeking veteran relievers.

A free agent, Gregg has appeared in at least 70 games in three straight seasons. With the Cubs last year, he was 5-6 with a 4.72 ERA in 72 games. He added 23 saves in 30 chances before losing his position.

With the Marlins in 2007, Gregg saved 32 games in 36 chances. The right-hander had his struggles in the role in 2008, posting 29 saves in 38 opportunities. He was bothered by a left knee injury late in that season.

On Friday, the Marlins announced they signed Derrick Turnbow and Jose Veras to a Minor League contracts with a Spring Training invitations.

— Joe Frisaro