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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

Marlins shakeup lineup

In an offensive rut, the Marlins have shaken up their lineup a bit for Wednesday night’s game with the Braves.

Speed is at the top of the order, and John Baker was slid to the fifth spot, bumping Dan Uggla down to the sixth hole.

Here’s how the lineup looks:

1. Bonifacio

2. Maybin

3. Hanley

4. Cantu

5. Baker

6. Uggla

7. Hermida

8. Ross

9. Taylor

Miller to toss rebah Tuesday

Andrew Miller, on the disabled list since April 20 with a right oblique strain, is tentatively set to throw a rehab assignment game on Tuesday.

Exactly where has not been announced.

Miller threw an extended bullpen session about 9 a.m. CT at Wrigley Field on Saturday. The left-hander says he threw more than 60 pitches, and the session was treated a bit like a simulated game.

In the past week, Miller threw a bullpen session on Monday and Wednesday at Citi Field in New York. His session on Saturday was his first since the Marlins have been in Chicago.

Asked if he was ready for game action, Miller said: “Yeah, I would think so.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Saturday that the next step for Miller likely is a rehab assignment on Tuesday.

“I would think I’m close enough for that being the next step,” Miller said. “I am trying to do my best to get the adrenaline going. It’s hard to due at 9:30 in 50 degrees throwing in a bullpen. I am trying my best to get that [game] situation. It’s hard to do to get that adrenaline.”

Since Miller has been on the disabled list, Graham Taylor has filled his rotation spot. Taylor, like Miller, is a left-hander. And Taylor is next slated to start on Wednesday against the Braves at Dolphin Stadium.

– Joe Frisaro

Kensing designated

In the 10th inning on Saturday night, Logan Kensing gave up two runs on four hits, and he was tagged with the Marlins loss to the Phillies.

After the game, the 26-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment.

The move was made to make room for left-hander Graham Taylor, who had his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville. Taylor will make his Major League debut on Sunday, getting the starting nod in the series finale with the Phillies.

A second-round pick in 2003, Kensing appeared in six games for the Marlins, and his ERA was 9.82.

– Joe Frisaro

Taylor lined up for Sunday

Officially, the Marlins will announce their Sunday starter after Saturday’s game.

Indications for several days have been that it will be Graham Taylor, the left-hander from Double-A Jacksonville.

The latest clear indicator is the fact Taylor was scheduled to start for Jacksonville on Saturday night at Montgomery. Now, Jacksonville is starting Jarrett Santos.

A left-hander, Taylor will fill Andrew Miller’s rotation spot. Miller is on the DL with a strained right oblique. If he performs, Taylor could make a couple of starts.

Going with Taylor against the Phillies makes sense since Philadelphia is loaded with left-handed hitters.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins rotation options

What to do with the rotation spot vacated when Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day DL remains unresolved — at least publicly.

Hayden Penn could fit the bill since he’s been a starter with the Orioles, and that may be where he is best suited. However, he hasn’t been stretched out of late because he’s been pitching long relief. Burke Badenhop, brought up to replace Miller’s roster spot, could get the nod since he’s made starts at Triple-A.

Perhaps the best option against the Phillies on Sunday, considering all the lefties on Philadelphia, is left-hander Graham Taylor, who is at Double-A Jacksonville. Taylor last pitched on Monday, so he would be well rested. Taylor wasn’t in big league camp with the Marlins, but he pitched in the final Grapefruit League game.

Another Double-A option is lefty Aaron Thompson, a first-round pick in 2005, who last threw on April 17.

If the team looks outside of the organization, a name that doesn’t appear to be an option is veteran Pedro Martinez. During Tuesday night’s game at Pittsburgh, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest was asked about Pedro. Although the Marlins never really say never, Beinfest indicated on TV that signing Pedro wasn’t very likely.

– Joe Frisaro

Taylor takes over

Graham Taylor made the most of his emergency start.

Due to the threat of rain on Sunday, Taylor was a last-minute replacement for Chris Volstad to face the Nationals.

The 24-year-old lefty, who is in Minor League camp, turned heads by tossing three perfect innings, striking out while and throwing 28 pitches with 20 for strikes.

“That’s his MO,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “If you look, one year in the Minor Leagues, I think he had one walk. I wish we could have seen more of him, but they were saying it was going to rain in the next 15-45 minutes.”

Actually, in 2006, he walked as few as four in 65 2/3 innings. In 404 Minor League innings, however, he’s walked just 60.

“Every time I’ve seen him, he’s dominated,” Volstad said.

The projected heavy rain never came, and Taylor was lifted because the Marlins wanted to give Kiko Calero and Carlos Martinez work.

Taylor went back to the bullpen and threw about two more innings worth to build up.

“When you pound the strike zone, you have a chance,” said Gonzalez, who didn’t rule out Taylor getting a big league chance at some point. “It’s one of those things, if we need somebody, he can be the guy. I think people can have misconceptions that the Opening Day roster is going to be the one for the entire 162 games. That’s not the case.”

Taylor has 23 2/3 innings at Double-A, and the organization would like to see him get more work at that level. He wasn’t in big league camp all spring.

In 2007, Rick VandenHurk also wasn’t in big league camp, but he impressed with a strong Grapefruit League performance against the Orioles. A few weeks into the season, VandenHurk was promoted to the big leagues.

– Joe Frisaro

Volstad throws in scrimmage

Due to the threat of rain, Chris Volstad didn’t start in the Grapefruit League game with the Nationals on Sunday. Instead, he threw six innings and logged 95 pitches while throwing in a Minor League game on Field 7 behind Roger Dean Stadium.

Volstad found out the change was being made about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. He had been at the complex at 8 p.m. He was pitching for Triple-A New Orleans, and he faced Double-A Jacksonville, which had Scott Cousins and Logan Morrison in their lineup.

Cousins actually homered off Volstad, who will be the Marlins No. 3 starter.

“I was able to get my work in, which was good,” Volstad said. “If it had rained, and I missed it. It would have messed it even more up.”

Volstad ran into a string of left-handed hitters, which he said was good because he got to work on things.

“It’s always good to face lefties, and I was trying to do what I would have done in a regular game,” Volstad said.

Volstad says he is ready for Opening Day. He will face the Nationals, the team that was facing the Marlins on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Volstad watched the game from the dugout, getting a chance to see the Washington hitters.

At age 22, Volstad is even tempered, and he is maturing into a confident big league pitcher.

“I definitely feel more confident,” he said. “I matured in the year.”

Volstad embraces the high expections cast upon him.

“I like that,” he said. “I like to have the feeling of having to go out and perform. That’s what we play for. To be out there, when you’re needed. I like pitching under pressure, you can say, even though I don’t feel it as pressure. I like those situations.” 

– Joe Frisaro

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