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Marlins outright Veras

Joe Veras, who was designated for assignment on April 14, cleared waivers and he was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.

The move means the veteran right-hander remains in the organization.

veras2.jpg“We’ll see him some time again this year,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

A non-roster invitee to Spring Training, Veras made the Marlins Opening Day roster, and he initially was in a late innings setup role.

But he struggled throwing strikes, and after four appearances, his ERA was 15.43, although he had a win. Veras allowed eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, and he struck out five while walking four.

“Sometimes it is just about getting people out,” Gonzalez said.

In Spring Training, Veras was throwing hard, showing a 96 mph fastball.

“We liked his velocity and movement,” Gonzalez said. “I’m glad he cleared waivers. We’ll see him again.”

— Joe Frisaro


Wood offered needed relief

Not to be overlooked in the Marlins’ 7-4 loss to the Pirates on Friday night were three shutdown relief innings from Tim Wood, a recent callup from Triple-A New Orleans.

“He went three innings and 36 pitches,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He was very effective with his pitches. He really saved us. He really, really saved us, picking up those three innings. And he kept us in the ball game.”

Because of a 45-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning, starter Chris Volstad didn’t return for the fourth inning. That meant the bullpen needed to pick up some extra innings. Two days before, long reliever Burke Badenhop, tossed 2 2/3 innings in relief of Josh Johnson on Wednesday against the Nationals.

Long relief isn’t a role that Wood normally handles. But because Badenhop wasn’t available, Wood assumed long relief duties on Friday.

It marked the most innings he’s thrown since he returned from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery to his right elbow in 2006.

“I’ve made spot starts, but I didn’t go three innings,” Wood said on Saturday.

Friday was Wood’s third MLB appearance since being brought up.

He retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a single to Adam LaRoche followed by a walk to Garrett Jones. Wood was able to escape the jam by getting Andy LaRoche to tap a ground ball to shortstop.

Admittedly, Wood felt fatigued in his third straight inning.

“I was definitely getting tired,” he said. “I was getting winded a little bit. I was able to bear down and make some pitches.”

Wood held the score at 4-0 after six innings.

The Marlins are in need of bullpen help due to some injuries. Closer Matt Lindstrom (sprained right elbow) and Kiko Calero (right shoulder inflammation) are out.

The Marlins have come to terms with veteran reliever Luis Ayala to a Minor League contract. Ayala will get some work at Triple-A New Orleans before joining the club.

Lindstrom threw off flat ground for the second straight day, and he could be back shortly after the All-Star Break. Calero, who is scheduled to pitch in a rehab assignment game for Class A Jupiter on Saturday, may be ready to join the team late next week at Arizona.

Wood is striving to help out whenever he is called upon.

“I’m noticing that you have to throw strikes,” he said of how to achieve big league success. “You’ve got to be ahead in the count. You can’t fall behind and be in fastball counts. These guys are professional hitters. They don’t miss fastballs in fastball counts.”

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins option Maybin

The arrival of Chris Coghlan on Friday, and the decision to play him in the outfield, was a sign then that Cameron Maybin would be headed to the Minor Leagues for more seasoning.

That transaction took place on Sunday afternoon.

After the Marlins lost 3-2 to the Rockies at Coors Field, Maybin was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

The only playing time Maybin had in the three-games at Colorado came as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning on Sunday. Maybin ran for John Baker, who doubled.

Maybin had a rough break, getting thrown out trying to advance to third on Cody Ross’ ground ball to shortstop.

Maybin opened the season as the Marlins starting center field. But in 25 games and 84 at-bats, his batting average was .202, and his on-base percentage is at .280.

The 22-year-old was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis trade in December of 2007.

Maybin has a world of talent. The Marlins are looking for him to regain his confidence while getting more at-bats at the Minor League level

— Joe Frisaro

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

Coghlan red hot

As the Marlins remain patient with some of their young players, one of the organization’s top prospects is heating up.

Chris Coghlan, who was in big league camp during Spring Training, is off to a terrific start at Triple-A New Orleans.

For the Zephyrs, the left-handed hitting Coghlan is batting .326  with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 23 games. He has seven doubles, a triple and an on-base percentage of .412. He’s also stolen nine bases in 10 tries. In five games in May, he is 8-for-16 with two homers and eight RBIs.

The only problem for Coghlan is he appears to be blocked at the big league level. The former first-round pick is playing second base, which is secured by Dan Uggla. The 24-year-old Coghlan also has played third base at the Minor League level, but that is occupied by Emilio Bonifacio.

Coghlan has always been regarded as a talented hitter, who doesn’t have great power. He is an option to lead off, and while he doesn’t have the speed of Bonifacio, he has above average speed.

The Marlins are showing patience with Bonifacio and rookie Cameron Maybin in center field.

If the team is looking to dip into their Minor League system, Coghlan right now is making a case for his first big league opportunity.

— Joe Frisaro

Tucker goes on Minor League DL

More injury woes for the Marlins Minor Leaguers.

Hard-throwing right-hander Ryan Tucker was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Wednesday, after he gave up seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday night for Triple-A New Orleans. Tucker is dealing with a problem with his knee, which isn’t considered serious.

Tucker, a first-round pick in 2005, made his big league debut last year. The organization envisions him as a starter, but he also could be a relief candidate.

Tucker’s injury follows news that Taylor Tankersley, also in New Orleans, has a stress fracture in his left elbow. He will have surgery on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro