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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

Ohman, Cordero on radar

Florida continues to have interest in left-handed reliever Will Ohman, who looks like he will not return to the Braves.

Speculation that Ohman could sign with the Marlins surfaced recently on ESPN.com. For the right price, the lefty could wind up in Florida.

Early reports said Ohman is seeking $1.5 million, but the thinking is he could be obtained for less. The question is whether the Marlins decide to put their limited financial resources into a situational lefty, or do they still hold out hope of signing catcher Ivan Rodriguez?

Adding a lefty to the bullpen is something the team is exploring. Renyel Pinto, expected to make the team, has been sick the past couple of days.

The Marlins also recently attended a workout to watch right-handed reliever Chad Cordero. About 15 teams observed Cordero, who is battling back from a right shoulder problem. The reports are Cordero likely won’t be ready until perhaps the second half. His fastball was clocked around 80 mph, and the ball wasn’t coming out of his hand like it did when he was healthy pitching for Washington.

– Joe Frisaro

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