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Penn claimed off waivers by Pirates

Hayden Penn, who was out of options, has been claimed off waivers by the Pirates.

Penn had been in the mix for a rotation spot.

In five Grapefruit League starts, Penn made two starts. He was 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA, he walked four and struck out four.

The Marlins entered Spring Training with Penn as part of the mix for a rotation spot. But Clay Hensley has locked up the fifth rotation spot.

— Joe Frisaro


Sim Game in the Rain

They started off throwing in a light drizzle. About 30 minutes later, when the conditions worsened under a steady rain, they were shut down.

Bottom line for Clay Hensley and Andrew Miller is they both got their work in on a day that didn’t seem possible.

hensley23ag.jpgWith the Marlins having their lone off day of Spring Training, Hensley and Miller were scheduled to pitch. Initially, they were called in on Monday to throw in a scrimmage on Field 2 of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Because of the rain, the scrimmage didn’t take place, and instead, the two threw to batters in a simulated game that lasted about 30 minutes. Batters were hitting under a cage, and the two pitchers dealt with messy conditions. There weren’t any fielders.

Hensley, a non-roster invitee, continues to improve his chances of winning a rotation spot. In three innings — including a four-out inning due to a low pitch count — he didn’t allow a run. Of his 32 pitches, 18 were for strikes.

On a couple of occasions the right-hander slipped after throwing a pitch. A sinker-ball pitcher, Hensley induced nine groundballs out of the 11 batters he faced. He struck out two. His fastball topped out at 88 mph, and he was mainly throwing in the 85-86 mph range. Velocity isn’t a major issue with him, as long as his sinker is breaking downward, which it has all camp.

“He commands all his pitches,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s putting himself into position where he can fill a role easy.”

The Marlins are looking for two remaining rotation spots. Miller and Hensley are candidates, along with Chris Volstad, Rick VandenHurk and Hayden Penn.

Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco have been named the Nos. 1 and 2 starters, and Anibal Sanchez is regarded as the No. 3 starter, although that hasn’t been announced. Volstad is a frontrunner to be the No. 4 starter.

Gonzalez added that Hensley, if he is not in the rotation, could still win a bullpen spot.

The left-handed Miller threw 43 pitches with 23 strikes, and he had four strikeouts and two walks in the sim game.

Miller’s velocity was 92-93 mph in wet conditions on Monday.

When they were done throwing on the field, Miller and Hensley threw some more pitches under a covered bullpen. 

Either Henlsey or Miller could start on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Johnson, meanwhile, will face the Mets on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium. Because Johnson will pitch against New York on the April 5 opener at Citi Field, the team doesn’t want to showcase him too much to the Mets before Opening Day.

The way Johnson’s rotation schedule is shaping up, however, he was in face them on Friday and on March 31 at Port St. Lucie.

Gonzalez said on Monday that Johnson will not face the Mets twice to close out Spring Training. But he will see them once, on Friday in Jupiter. On March 31, Johnson most likely will throw in a Minor League game.

Typically, in their last Spring Training appearance, starting pitchers have their pitch count scaled back to about three innings. Johnson threw 80 pitches on Sunday against the Nationals. He could go to about 100 pitches on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro


Traveling to Kissimmee

Hanley Ramirez has played in four straight games. Jorge Cantu has been in the lineup five straight.

With the Marlins traveling to Kissimmee on Wednesday to face the Astros, the two sluggers are getting the day off. Neither is making the trip.

Hayden Penn will be the starting pitcher against the Astros, with Chris Volstad entering in relief.

Some of the players on the travel squad will be: Dan Uggla, Wes Helms, Gaby Sanchez, Chris Coghlan, Brett Carroll, Scott Cousins, Mike Stanton, Jorge Jimenez, Emilio Bonifacio, Bryan Petersen, Matt Dominguez, Hector Luna and Mike Lamb.

— 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



Marlins out of options

Who is out of options factors into finalizing every big league roster.

A year ago, because shortstop Robert Andino was out of options, he became a primary trade target because he was blocked by All-Star Hanley Ramirez. So late in Spring Training 2009, Andino was dealt to the Orioles for right-hander Hayden Penn, who also was without options.

The Marlins currently have seven players who are out of options, which means they have to be on the 25-man roster, or the club risks losing them.

When a player has options, he can be sent up and down to the Minor Leagues all season.

Here are the seven Marlins without options for 2010: Penn, Dan Meyer, Renyel Pinto, Brian Sanches, Wes Helms, Cody Ross and Leo Nunez.

Rule 5 addition Jorge Jimenez also must make the 25-man roster, or he will have to be offered back to Boston.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins Thursday roster moves

The Marlins on Thursday afternoon made it official that right-handed reliever Tim Wood has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Wood, a 44th round pick in 2002, is being called up to the big leagues for the first time. He appeared in 14 games and compiled 16 1/3 innings for New Orleans, posting an 0.54 ERA.

The Marlins also officially designated right-hander Hayden Penn for assignment.

With Penn, the Marlins have 10 days to either trade him, release him or place him through waivers in the first seven of the 10 days. If he ends up clearing waivers, the Marlins then could assign him to one of their Minor League clubs, which most likely would be New Orleans.

Additionally, the team outrighted right-handed reliever Carlos Martinez to New Orleans. And pitcher Rick VandenHurk was recalled from his rehab assignment, and he was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and then optioned to New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro

Wood expected to get call

The Marlins are planning on calling up right-hander Tim Wood from Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday.

Wood, 26, will be filling the roster spot vacated by right-hander Hayden Penn, who was designated for assignment after the Marlins lost 9-6 to the Brewers on Wednesday night at Land Shark Stadium.

Wood was in Spring Training with the Marlins. In 14 games with the Zephyrs, Wood posted a 1-0 record and an 0.54 ERA. In 16 2/3 innings, he has allowed just one earned run, and three total. He has struck out 17 and walked seven.

— Joe Frisaro


Penn being designated

After a rough outing on Wednesday night, Marlins reliever Hayden Penn was informed that he will be designated for assignment on Thursday.

The Marlins will replace Penn’s roster spot on Thursday. A candidate is right-handed reliever Tim Wood, who is at Triple-A New Orleans.

Wood was in Spring Training with the Marlins.

Penn endured a rough night in Florida’s 9-6 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. He entered with one out in the fifth inning, and he allowed four runs, although just one was earned. He walked four batters, and exited with a 2-1 count on Corey Hart. Brian Sanches inherited that count and finished off the inning.

The Marlins acquired Penn late in Spring Training in a trade with the Orioles for infielder Robert Andino.

With Penn out of options, the Marlins have 10 days to either trade him, or if he clears waivers, they will place him in their Minor League system. 

— Joe Frisaro

Highlights from Monday

Some of the highlights from pregame Monday at Land Shark Stadium:

* Alfredo Amezaga had an MRI on his left knee on Monday. It’s more precautionary, because the same knee was sprained during the World Baseball Classic in March. Manager Fredi Gonzalez feels Amezaga will miss another two or three days.

* Brian Sanches was added to the roster to provide bullpen help. Sanches was at Triple-A New Orleans.

* Reliever Kiko Calero, who has appeared in 22 games, is getting a couple of days to relax. Because he’s been so heavily used, Calero is not available on Monday and Tuesday. He said he should be fine by Wednesday.

* Anibal Sanchez, on the DL with a sprained right shoulder, will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. Sanchez said he feels he could be back in about two weeks, a much brighter forecast than the two months initially feared.

* Hayden Penn and Burke Badenhop remain the frontrunners to get the starting nod on Friday against the Rays. Gonzalez ruled out using lefty Dan Meyer. The next few days will determine who gets the call. If a starter early in the week is unable to go deep into games, then Penn and/or Badenhop might be used in long relief.

* Gonzalez has thought about hitting Dan Uggla in the second hole, where he enjoyed great success early in his career. Uggla has batted there once this year, when the team was at Colorado last week. One reason that hasn’t been done consistently is because the lineup then may stack up three straight left-handed hitters — John Baker, Jeremy Hermida and Chris Coghlan.  

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins designate Koronka

After a rough start on Sunday afternoon, left-hander John Koronka was designated for assignment following Florida’s 12-5 loss to the Dodgers at Land Shark Stadium.

Making his second start since being brought up from Triple-A New Orleans, Koronka worked 2 2/3 innings, and he gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

The lefty hurt himself by making two throwing errors that accounted for two unearned runs he was charged with.

The Marlins have yet to announce who will replace the lefty. But manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that it would be a pitcher to help an overworked Florida bullpen.

If the Marlins are looking to Triple-A New Orleans, right-hander Brian Sanches, who was in Spring Training with the club, could be a candidate.

The Marlins also have yet to announce who will replace Koronka in the rotation. Gonzalez said the team is leaning towards either long relievers Hayden Penn or Burke Badenhop. Both have experience starting.

Either of those choices would go on Friday against the Rays in Miami.

Penn threw 2 1/3 innings in relief of Koronka on Sunday, and he struck out five.

Badenhop also threw 2 1/3 innings on Sunday, and he gave up four runs on four hits.

— Joe Frisaro