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First roster moves

Early on Thursday morning, the Marlins made their first roster moves of Spring Training.

Right-hander Ryan Tucker was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and left-hander Jay Voss was re-assigned to Minor League camp.

— Joe Frisaro


Lineup vs. Mets in Jupiter

Initially, Cody Ross was in the lineup for the Marlins against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday. But after feeling some discomfort during batting practice, Ross was scratched from the starting lineup. Scott Cousins is filling in at right field.

Ross has been nursing a sore right thumb. But the discomfort he felt on Monday was the result of a groin strain.

The Marlins and Mets will be playing at 1:05 p.m. ET at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

The Mets lineup is set:


MrMetlogo4.jpg1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Fernando Martinez, RF

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Jason Bay, LF

5) Daniel Murphy, 1B

6) Rod Barajas, C

7) Russ Adams, 2B

8) Ruben Tejada, SS

9) John Maine, P


marlinschampring.jpg1) Jai Miller, CF

2) Jorge Jimenez, 3B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Scott Cousins, RF

6) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

7) Brett Carroll, LF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Ryan Tucker, P

— Joe Frisaro


Meet Ryan Tucker

Talent evaluators say Ryan Tucker has a power arm and tremendous potential.

One of five former first-round picks the Marlins had in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Tucker is now a 23-year-old looking to reach the next level. He’s had a taste of the big leagues, making 13 appearances (with six starts) in 2008.

Last year, the California native was held back because of injuries. He underwent quad surgery on his left leg early in the season, and later on dealt with an oblique problem.

“I tore apart my quad where it attached to my kneecap,” said Tucker, who was in the same Draft class as Chris Volstad and Sean West. “It was a thing that happened over time. Then I had an oblique injury at the end of the season. It was just a real long year last year. I’d never missed a game [due to injury] throughout the Minor Leagues until last year.”

The year, however, wasn’t totally lost, because in late September, he became the father of twin girls.

“It’s been a busy off season. I’ve been ready to get here, and get some sleep,” said Tucker, who makes Pasadena home.

“I’ve been throwing the whole winter,” he said. “It was a pretty short year for me last year. I was wanting to get going. I feel I’m right on pace. I don’t know what’s going to happen, or where I’m going to go [when the season starts].”

Because he missed so much time last year, Tucker is a long shot to make the Opening Day roster. Still, he is a hard-thrower who the club feels will eventually be a factor on the big league roster.

Tucker can either start or relieve. Because of his upper-90s fastball, some feel he could eventually close in his career.

Asked about if the is a starter or reliever candidate a few days ago, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said he just wants the right-hander to be healthy. From there, the organization will figure out how to use him.

“I’m sure they would like to make sure I’m healthy first,” Tucker said. “Even in Spring Training last year, I was dealing with a knee issue. When we broke camp, they told me I was the [Triple-A] Opening Day starter, and I was really excited about that.

“I just want to come in here now ready. I want to show them that I took it seriously in the offseason. I’m coming in giving it my best chance to make it. If I don’t make it, I don’t make it. That’s kind of how it goes.”

— 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

Tucker optioned

Before the Marlins faced the Twins on Tuesday, the team announced right-hander Ryan Tucker has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Tucker has appeared in three Grapefruit League games with one start. He has thrown 4 1/3 innings, and he’s walked eight while striking out three.

A first-round pick in 2005, Tucker is a promising prospect, who projects to be a starter. However, the team has considered using him in relief, and someday he could be a closer candidate.

At Triple-A, Tucker will be in the rotation.

— Joe Frisaro

B Game highlights

Some things that stood out in the B Game on Saturday:

* Ryan Tucker worked two fast, scoreless innings, not allowing a baserunner. The right-hander struck out one. After throwing in the game against the Orioles on field two, Tucker got a little extra work by throwing some more pitches in the bullpen. The right-hander was pleased with his slider.

* Matt Dominguez had a two-run RBI single, which were the only runs of the game until the eighth and final inning.

* Prospect Kyle Skipworth in the last inning, had a two-run double with the bases loaded.

* John Lindsey made some nice plays at first base.

— Joe Frisaro

Grapefruit League quick facts

The Marlins were 19-11-3 last year in Grapefruit League games, with Hanley Ramirez pacing the team with a .378 batting average.

Some early pitching matchups. On Thursday against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, Chris Volstad will make the start against New York’s Oliver Perez. On Friday against the Orioles in Jupiter, Ryan Tucker will start. Koji Uehara will throw for Baltimroe.

Originally, Sean West was set to start on Friday. But because a minor left hip issue, West was scratched.

— Joe Frisaro