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Koronka officially added

Late Tuesday morning the Marlins made their roster move official.

Left-hander John Koronka had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans, and he will be the starting pitcher against the Brewers at Miller Park.

Koronka is taking over the rotation spot for Anibal Sanchez, who is expected to miss about two months due to a right shoulder sprain.

Koronka was in big league camp with the Marlins as a reliever candidate. So it will be worth watching to see if he will remain in the rotation, because he also could provide long relief if the Marlins opt to give Hayden Penn a shot at starting.

Penn has thrown in long relief, but he hasn’t been stretched out to go deep into games.

Andrew Miller, who had a strong rehab start on Monday night for Double-A Jacksonville, is expected to come off the DL and start on Saturday against the Dodgers at LandShark Stadium.

Miller has been out with a right oblique strain.

— Joe Frisaro 

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


Sanchez visits Dr. Kaplan

A rough stretch for the Marlins just got even tougher.

Anibal Sanchez experienced pain after throwing a pitch on Thursday afternoon and he was removed in the fifth inning. He exited with right shoulder discomfort, and before the Marlins lost 4-2 to the Braves, Sanchez already was heading to team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. 

“When any pitcher comes out and tells you his shoulder hurts, and he was in pain, you’re thinking worst case scenario,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “But maybe it’s something just as simple as scar tissue breaking up. You don’t know.”

The 25-year-old from Venezuela threw a slider for a swinging strike to Atlanta’s Jeff Francoeur. Immediately, Sanchez indicated that something was wrong.

The right-hander walked behind the mound, and expressed frustration as assistant trainer Mike Kozak headed to the mound. Sanchez underwent right shoulder surgery by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2007. He has a 5.79 ERA in six starts.

Sanchez allowed four runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Burke Badenhop relieved Sanchez. 

The Marlins rotation already is thin with Andrew Miller still on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. Sanchez’s spot in the rotation comes up again on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

If the Marlins stay on staff, long relievers Badenhop or Hayden Penn are candidates to fill Sanchez’s spot. Another possibility is lefty Dan Meyer.

— Joe Frisaro

Penn should be fine

It’s like Hayden Penn’s sore right ankle should be fine.

Penn sprained the ankle on Friday afternoon, slipping on the turf in front of the mound in the sixth inning of the Marlins, 8-6, loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The right-hander turned suddenly on Mike Fontenot’s single to right field. Wanting to redirect to back up third base, Penn’s cleats went out from under him, and he rolled his ankle.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Saturday morning that Penn should be fine.

Penn has been filling in a long relief role.

— Joe Frisaro

Penn sprains right ankle

Hayden Penn slipped coming off the mound in the sixth inning on Friday night, and after a few warmup tosses exited with a right ankle sprain.

The Marlins reliever was shaken up on Mike Fontenot’s single to right field. Coming off the mound and onto the grass, Penn fell to the ground while changing directions. He was examined by trainer Sean Cunningham and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Penn did take a few warmup tosses, but he pointed to his ankle and he was replaced by Burke Badenhop.

Penn worked one-third of an inning, issuing a walk, single and collecting a strikeout.

— 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

Final roster set

Barring anything not on the immediate horizon, the Marlins’ 25-man roster is set.

It’s actually the exact 25 I named last night in an earlier blog.

The new developments on Friday were the roster moves to get the team down to 25,

Reliever Carlos Martinez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and reliever Brian Sanches was reassigned to Minor League camp.

The bad news of the night was right-hander Rick VandenHurk is going on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. VandenHurk last pitched on March 28 against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, and he tossed a a scoreless inning of relief, walking two and striking out one.

VandenHurk missed time with the Marlins during Spring Training because he pitched for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

VandenHurk is going on the disabled list, retroactive to March 29.

The Marlins also are placing utility player Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list with a sprained left knee. And reliever Scott Proctor will go on the disabled list with right elbow discomfort. Amezaga and Proctor are on the DL, retroactive to March 27.

Chances are Amezaga could be activated within seven to 10 days after Florida opens on Monday against the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The earliest he can be reinstated is April 11.

Unless some other moves are made before Monday, the contracts of infielder Andy Gonzalez and right-handed reliever Kiko Calero will be selected.

Florida will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

The position players are: Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, Emilio Bonifacio, John Baker, Jeremy Hermida, Cameron Maybin, Cody Ross, Wes Helms, Ross Gload, Brett Carroll, Ronny Paulino and Gonzalez.

The rotation will feature, in order, Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller.

Because of two early off days, Florida will go with a four-man rotation until April 15. At that point, Miller will be slotted in. Until then, Miller will pitch out of the bullpen.

The rest of the relievers will be closer Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Logan Kensing, Calero, Hayden Penn, Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer.

— Joe Frisaro

My projected 25-man roster

Not that this is a final list, but for entertainment purposes, here is my projected 25-man roster. Keep in mind, I still think the club could make a move for a left-handed reliever, perhaps up until Opening Day or a few days into the season.

Again, this isn’t what the team has announced. That actually could come as early as Friday. For now, to play GM for a night, here is what I’m predicting of those players left in camp:

C — John Baker, Ronny Paulino
1B — Jorge Cantu, Ross Gload
2B — Dan Uggla, Andy Gonzalez
SS — Hanley Ramirez, Andy Gonzalez
3B — Emilio Bonifacio, Wes Helms
LF — Jeremy Hermida
CF — Cameron Maybin
RF — Cody Ross, Brett Carroll

Ricky Nolasco
Josh Johnson
Chris Volstad
Anibal Sanchez

Matt Lindstrom (closer)
Leo Nunez
Logan Kensing
Kiko Calero
Renyel Pinto
Dan Meyer
Andrew Miller
Hayden Penn


Alfredo Amezaga

FYI regarding Penn. Some feel the Marlins could try sneaking him through waivers. From what I hear, he wouldn’t clear, so I expect him to stay in a long relief role for a little while.


— Joe Frisaro

Courting Catalanotto?

Are more moves on the horizon for the Marlins? Maybe.

One possibility that was explored looks like it won’t happen. The latest is the Marlins had interest in outfielder Frank Catalanotto of the Rangers. But once Florida finalized the deal on Wednesday to acquire Ross Gload, talks with Texas ended.

The Marlins had a busy Wednesday, picking up right-hander Hayden Penn from the Orioles and Gload from Kansas City. 

Catalanotto, who played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, is not expected to make the Rangers, who are going with veteran Andruw Jones. So he would be available as a veteran left-handed bat off the bench.

Gload is a lefty bat off the bench, which was a higher priority for Florida.

— Joe Frisaro