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Rotation possibilities

The Marlins have yet to announce their starting pitcher for July 20 at San Diego. One reason is the team is weighing a number of possibilities.

“It all depends on the next three days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re looking at different scenarios.”

One option is to stay with what the team already has. Long reliever Burke Badenhop has made one start this season, but he’s been effective in a long relief role. The Marlins like him in that role, but this could be a one-start situation. The team could go with Badenhop in the opener with the Padres on Monday.

A second option is to dip into the Minor League system. Rick VandenHurk, at Triple-A New Orleans, had an abbreviated three-inning start on Thursday. If the team wanted, it could bring up the right-hander, who has big league experience in the past.

At New Orleans, VandenHurk is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in nine starts.

There is another factor in play, too. The Marlins have off days on July 23 and July 27. Because of those two days, besides Monday, they wouldn’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 1 at home against the Cubs.

Chris Volstad is lined up for Tuesday in San Diego, and the order after the 6-foot-8 right-hander is Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson and Andrew Miller. Those four could stay in order through July 31, a Friday night home game with the Cubs.

If the team waits until Aug. 1 for the fifth starter, Sean West, optioned to Double-A after last Saturday’s game in Arizona, could work himself back into the mix.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins add Ayala

Veteran reliever Luis Ayala was added to the Marlins on Sunday.

The Marlins selected Ayala’s contract from Triple-A New Orleans, filling the roster spot vacated when lefty Sean West was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

The Marlins recently signed Ayala to a Minor League contract.

The Marlins won’t need a fifth starter until Monday, July 20, when they are at San Diego.

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins Option West to Double-A

The Marlins optioned rookie Sean West to Double-A Jacksonville on Saturday night after the 23-year-old left-hander endured his third straight rough start.

West, who joined the rotation on May 23, made his 10th start on Saturday against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. He surrendered five runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Overall, his record is 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA.

In recent starts, West said he has struggled with his off-speed pitches — his slider and changeup.

“I have to improve on some things,” West said after the Marlins lost 5-1 to Arizona. “I agree 100 percent with their decision. There is stuff I have to work on. That’s a decision they had to make.

“If a big leaguer knows you don’t have your secondary pitches working, they’re going to sit on a fastball. I’ve been struggling with that the last two starts. I’ll go down to Jacksonville, improve on some things and see what happens. Just off-speed, in general.”

The Marlins will announce on Sunday who is being called up.

— Joe Frisaro


Tuesdays lineups vs. Nationals

Jeremy Hermida was back in the starting lineup with Washington going with right-hander Craig Stammen.

Here’s the lineups for Florida and Washington at Land Shark Stadium:


1) Coghlan, LF

2) Bonifacio, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Baker, C

9) West, P


1) Guzman, SS

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Zimmerman, 3B

4) Dunn, LF

5) Willingham, RF

6) Dukes, CF

7) Gonzalez, 2B

8) Nieves, C

9) Stammen, P

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins lineup vs. Yanks

The Marlins are going with Wes Helms at third base on Friday in the series opener against the Yankees, who are going with left-hander Andy Pettitte.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Helms, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Paulino, C

7) Hermida, RF

8) Ross, CF

9) West, P

— Joe Frisaro



Big weekend with Yankees

Big crowds are expected all weekend at Land Shark Stadium.

The Yankees are coming to town, and predictably, large crowds will follow. The Marlins open their three-game set with New York on Friday night.

The Interleague series will last through Sunday. Those planning on attending are encouraged to get their early.

The Marlins are anticipating 35,000 on Friday, 45,000 on Saturday and 30,000 on Sunday.

Florida enters the series ranked last in the Major Leagues in home attendance at 16,918 through 33 games.

The pitching matchup for Friday is Sean West vs. Andy Pettitte. On Saturday, Josh Johnson will take the mound against former Marlin, A.J. Burnett. And on Sunday, Chris Volstad will goes for Florida against CC Sabathia.

Tickets are available at Even though attendance is expected to be high, in the 65,000-seat stadium, those walking up on game days shouldn’t be shut out. 

— Joe Frisaro

Offday and the rotation

Because the Marlins are off on Monday, their starting pitchers will get an extra day of rest between starts.

So Josh Johnson, who started on Sunday at Toronto, is slated to next pitch on Saturday against the Yankees at Land Shark Stadium. Normally, he would have been in line to go on Friday in the series opener with New York.

Sean West will pitch the Friday game with the New York.

The Marlins also are off on June 22, which creates an extra day for Chris Volstad, Andrew Miller and Ricky Nolasco. Those three will start, respectively, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Boston.

— Joe Frisaro


West vs. Big Unit

You can certainly say Sean West was a bit star struck on Monday night.

As noted in recent days, West grew up idolizing Randy Johnson.

On Monday night, the Marlins rookie left-hander pitched against Johnson and Giants. The 6-foot-8 West collected his first MLB win, and he denied the 6-foot-10 Johnson of his 301st victory.

“Living a dream. Having a ton of fun. Playing baseball against one of my heroes,” West said. “That’s how I sum it up.”

Because of their respective sizes, and the fact they both throw left-handed, West drew comparisons to Johnson at an early age.

West grew up in Houston and Johnson once pitched for the Astros.

“It was weird throwing to him,” West said. “I grew up watching him on TV. Never did I dream I’d be pitching to him. The guy has played so long in the big leagues. It was so surreal seeing him out there.”

While West has made it known that Johnson has always been his favorite player, the 22-year-old added he was intimidated to approach the Big Unit during the recently completed four-game series.

“I had plenty of opportunities,” West said. “I never said anything. I got a little stage fright.”

— Joe Frisaro 



Marlins lineup vs. Rays

The Marlins will try to even the series on Saturday against the Rays with this lineup:

1) Bonifacio, 3B

2) Hermida, RF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, CF

7) Paulino, C

8) Coghlan, LF

9) West, P

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins option Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco, Florida’s Opening Day starter and a 15-game winner last year, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after Friday night’s 15-2 loss to the Rays.

Nolasco worked two innings and gave up eight runs to Tampa Bay, as his record fell to 2-5 and his ERA rose to 9.07.

The Marlins on Saturday will select the contract of left-hander Sean West from Double-A Jacksonville. West will make his Major League debut and face the Rays in the second game of the series.

In other moves, lefty reliever Dave Davidson was designated for assignment, and right-hander Chris Leroux was recalled from Double-A.

— Joe Frisaro