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For the Marlins to get back over .500 and into realistic playoff contention, they need to solidify their bullpen.
There are more unanswered questions, even after Josh Johnson’s brilliant eight-inning start on Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Rays.
When Johnson is on the mound, the bullpen pretty much gets a day off. Only closer Leo Nunez was used to polish up the ninth inning for his 15th save in 18 chances.
After the game, the Marlins announced they had designated Jorge Sosa for assignment and optioned Jay Buente to Triple-A New Orleans.
The club has yet to announce which two relievers would be getting called up for their series at Baltimore, which begins on Tuesday.
Burke Badenhop doesn’t appear to be one of them. Badenhop opened the season with the Marlins, but was optioned to Triple-A last month. Jose Veras, who is not on the 40-man roster, also was on the Opening Day roster before being designated for assignment in April.
If the Marlins stay with pitchers on their 40-man roster, there is a candidate to keep an eye on. Jose Ceda, the 23-year-old who was acquired from the Cubs for Kevin Gregg after the 2008 season.
Now, Ceda missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury. He was in Spring Training this season for a little while with the big league club.
Ceda is working his way back into shape at low Class A Greensboro, where he has thrown eight innings with five strikeouts and one walk. His ERA is 4.50, but three of the four runs he allowed came on June 5.
If Ceda doesn’t get the call as soon as Tuesday, he is a promising hard-thrower who likely will make his big league debut sometime this season. Ceda threw 30 innings at Double-A Tennessee in the Cubs system in 2008.
He remains a possibility to help the bullpen in the near future.
Veras, meanwhile, has appeared in 23 games at New Orleans. He’s struck out 35 and walked 15 in 28 1/3 innings. Veras pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday, striking out three, but walking two.
With Sosa designated for assignment, Veras could be added to the 40-man and active roster for Tuesday, if the team goes with him.
Kris Harvey, at Class A Jupiter, and Brett Sinkbeil, at Triple-A New Orleans, are other right-handed relievers who are on the 40-man roster. They may be in the mix, if not immediately then something this year.
— Joe Frisaro
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
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
On the radar for the Marlins’ pitching coach position is Bryan Price.
The Marlins, however, are not alone.
“He’s on everybody’s list,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Marlins have contacted Price, who has drawn interest from a few other teams, including the Reds.
Years ago, Florida president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest worked for the Mariners when Price also was in the organization.
There also is speculation that Price may be waiting to see what Bob Melvin does. Melvin and Price are close friends, and both opened the season with the Diamondbacks. But when Melvin was dismissed as manager, Price stepped down out of loyalty.
Melvin is a candidate for the Astros managerial job.
The Marlins are in the market for a pitching coach after Mark Wiley was not retained. The team also has a bullpen coaching position open because Steve Foster turned down a contract to return.
There are a number of names on the market who are drawing attention for pitching coach jobs. Not all necessarily choices for the Marlins. But these are names within the industry that are being tossed around for a number of teams.
Carl Willis was recently released as pitching coach of the Indians. Chuck Hernandez was athe Indians bullpen coach before being dismissed.
A name to keep an eye on is Bryan Harvey, an original Marlin, who is the pitching coach for Double-A Tulsa in the Rockies system. Harvey’s son, Kris, pitched for Florida’s Class A Jupiter squad this season.
Rick Peterson is a front-runner for the Brewers pitching coach job. He formerly was with the A’s and Mets. Peterson has also been linked to the Reds.
Dick Pole was dismissed earlier this month as the Reds pitching coach, but he is highly respected.
Another possible candidate to return as a big league pitching coach is Tom Hume, formerly with the Reds.
— Joe Frisaro