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Pinto reinstated off DL

For weeks, Renyel Pinto targeted a return to the roster in the series opener with the Yankees.

The scheduling worked out perfectly.

On Friday, the Marlins announced Pinto was returned from his rehab assignment and reinstated on the 25-man roster. Right-hander Cristhian Martinez was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Pinto had been on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to May 23.

Adding Pinto once again gives Florida’s bullpen two left-handers. Pinto joins Dan Meyer.

In 24 games, Pinto is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA. He’s struck out 20 and walked 12 in 21 1/3 innings. Pinto spent this past week pitching in rehab assignments games. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he threw in back-to-back games for Triple-A New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro


Pinto making progress

All signs point to Renyel Pinto returning for the series with the Yankees, perhaps as early as Friday at Land Shark Stadium.

On the disabled list since May 25, retroactive to May 23, with left elbow inflammation, Pinto is in the process of throwing rehab assignments. He threw a scoreless inning for Class A Jupiter on Sunday.

The plan is for him to throw back-to-back days with Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday. If that goes well, he will be off on Thursday.

The Marlins take on the Yankees on Friday. There is a chance he could be reinstated for the weekend series with New York.

When Pinto returns, the Marlins again will have two lefties in their bullpen. Currently, Dan Meyer is the only one.

Less progress is being made with Alfredo Amezaga, who has been out since May 21 with a bone bruise to his left knee. Amezaga still feels discomfort when he does any running exercises.

Because he’s missed so much time, he could be out until the All-Star Break. There is no real timeline.

— Joe Frisaro


Tuesday in review

Items of note from pregame on Tuesday.

* An MRI on Renyel Pinto confirmed the reliever is experiencing left elbow inflammation. Pinto was placed on the DL on Monday, retroactive to May 23. Pinto will be on no-throw status for a few days, and be re-evaluated.

* Ricky Nolasco, optioned to Triple-A New Orleans last Friday, will make his first Minor League start on Wednesday.

* The Marlins signed right-hander Clay Hensley to a Minor League contact, and he’s on the New Orleans roster. Hensley appeared in 32 games for the Padres last year.

* Burke Badenhop, who will start on Wednesday, will be on about a 65-70 pitch limit. The Marlins are hoping to get two starts out of either Badenhop or someone else — May 27 and June 2. If they get those starts, then by June 7, the team is hopeful that either Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco or Rick VandenHurk will be ready to join the rotation.

— Joe Frisaro

Pinto placed on DL

Marlins left-handed reliever Renyel Pinto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to May 23.

Taking Pinto’s place on the roster is right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville.

Pinto has been one of the most heavily used pitchers in baseball this season. The lefty has appeared in 24 games, which is tied with Toronto’s Jesse Carlson for the second most appearances in the Major Leagues.

Florida’s Kiko Calero has appeared in an MLB most 27 games.

Pinto’s record is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA over 21 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 20 and walked 12.

— 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

Paulino, lefty bullpen help?

Ronny Paulino has a track record of being a starting catcher, which is one reason why the Marlins aren’t discounting bringing the veteran in as an insurance policy for John Baker.

Word out of the Phillies camp is Paulino will be the odd man out in their catcher mix. So he could come at a cheap price.

For now, his name is being considered. Whether he is the right fit the team will ultimately decide. With the Pirates in 2007, he appeared in 133 games and had 11 homers, 55 RBIs and hit .263.

The Marlins are ready to go with either Mike Rabelo or Brett Hayes as the backup.

Adding catching depth is an organizational priority, but so is attracting left-handed relief help.

Dan Meyer, Renyel Pinto and John Koronka are in the mix. Two of the three will make the team, unless the Marlins look elsewhere. Odds are, they will.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez on Friday didn’t rule out looking at the waiver wire.

— Joe Frisaro

Stanton dominates scrimmage

Any doubts that Michael Stanton is the real deal were erased in Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage on field two behind Roger Dean Stadium.

The 19-year-old outfield prospect crushed two tape-measured home runs. He took lefties Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer deep on shots that may have combined to measure 1,000-feet.

Stanton also had a chopped single that he tried to stretch to a double. He was called out sliding into second in a scrimmage with no umpires. The view from the bleachers looked like he was safe.

Pinto was impressed by Stanton’s strength.

“I’ve never seen a ball hit like that, never,” said Pinto, who hung a changeup. “It was like two seconds and it was out.”

Pinto struggled in his first game experience, but after he missed about a week with a stomach virus, he should be back on the mound on Wednesday.

Other notable moments in the scrimmage:

* John Lindsey and Miguel Fermin also went deep.

* Chris Volstad threw three innings, and he is in line to next start on Friday.

* Matt Dominguez had a double and single.

* Emilio Bonifacio had a couple of singles.

* Logan Morrison slapped an RBI double.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins sign seven more

All 40 players on the Marlins’ 40-man roster are now under contract.

It was a formality since the remaining players were under club control. On Monday, the Marlins renewed contracts for Cameron Maybin, Matt Lindstrom, Taylor Tankersley, Robert Andino, Anibal Sanchez and Renyel Pinto.

Ryan Tucker agreed to a contract.

The league minimum is $400,000.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Sunday

Worth noting:

* Anibal Sanchez was effective in three innings, giving up one run on five hits. His objective is throwing strikes. Of his 53 pitches, 36 were strikes. Andrew Miller followed, and struggled with command. In 1 1/3 innings, Miller threw 49 pitches, with 27 for strikes.

* Sanchez and Miller will piggie-back each other in their next time out, and then they will split up.

* Third base/outfield coach Bo Porter missed a couple of days because he went back to Texas on Thursday to finalize paper work in the adoption of his son, Bryce Jordan Porter. The 14-month old has been with Bo and his wife, Stacey, since he was born. The final details were brought before a judge on Friday, and Porter returned on Saturday.

* Jeremy Hermida batted third on Sunday. Hanley Ramirez normally bats third, but he will be leaving on Monday to compete in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic.

* Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage will be at 11:30 a.m. ET on field 2 of Roger Dean Stadium. Chris Volstad and Sean West are slated to start. Renyel Pinto will throw in relief.

— Joe Frisaro


Friday in focus

Some observations and items from Friday:

* Dan Uggla was given Friday off.

* Third base/outfield coach Bo Porter went back to Texas for personal reasons. He left late in the game on Thursday, and he is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.

* Chances of Jose Ceda being on the Opening Day roster are pretty slim becasue he won’t get enough work by April 6. Ceda had some discomfort in his right shoulder, and he is tossing off flat ground at 90 feet. After he progresses to 120 feet, he will start throwing off the mound, possibly as late as next week. He isn’t close to throwing in game situations.

* Renyel Pinto, who had a stomach virus a few days ago, is expected to pitch in Grapefruit League play this weekend.

* Matt Lindstrom on Thursday against the Mets was clocked throwing in the upper 90s.

— Joe Frisaro