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Breaking down rotation options

Where to turn with Anibal Sanchez hampered by a right shoulder injury?

Well, Pedro Martinez is on the free agent market, but the veteran is believed to be looking for $5 million. So barring a dramatic drop in that figure, the Marlins don’t seem to be a choice. Paul Byrd is on the market, but his asking price has been $3 million.

Considering how cost conscious the Marlins are, those figures would be out of their league.

So the choice to find a replacement in the rotation likely will be internal. Sanchez’s spot comes up on Tuesday at Milwaukee, so there is time to make a decision.

Internally, Hayden Penn and Burke Badenhop have been used in long relief. Both have extensive experience starting.

In Penn’s case, there would be a question as to whether he is stretched out enough. Penn joined the Marlins in a trade from Baltimore late in Spring Training, and he hasn’t had a chance to starter either in a Grapefruit League or regular season game.

Penn’s longest stint has been three innings, at Chicago on May 2, when he threw 44 pitches.

Badenhop opened the season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he made two starts before being promoted to replace Andrew Miller when the left-hander went on the disabled list on April 20 with a right oblique strain. Badenhop threw two innings on Thursday, and the team would have to see if he is stretched out to throw 80-100 pitches.

Lefty Dan Meyer has been pitching out of the bullpen, and he’s been dependable. Meyer has started in the past, and he could be a choice. Chances are, however, the team will keep him as is.

Miller is on schedule to rejoin the rotation on May 16, so there isn’t a great need for a second lefty at the expense of removing a left-hander from the bullpen.

At the Minor League level, lefty Graham Taylor struggled in three big league starts, and he was sent down to Double-A Jacksonville.

A name to watch is Daniel Barone, who started for Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. Barone would be lined up to pitch on Tuesday. He could be a short-term option. Barone has some big league experience. He’s not on the 40-man roster, however.

At Double-A, lefty prospect Sean West has been inconsistent, and the team is being careful not to rush his development. Same with Aaron Thompson.

— 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


Upcoming pitching rotation

The Marlins will be starting Anibal Sanchez on Sunday agaisnt the Cardinals, not Andrew Miller as initially noted. Miller will pitch in relief of Sanchez.

The Cardinals are going with Joel Pineiro.

Even though the team is off on Monday from Grapefruit League play, a six-inning intrasquad game will be played on field two in Jupiter. Chris Volstad and Sean West will each pitch.

West returns to the mound after he was scratched from Friday’s start with the Orioles due to a sore left hip.

In Tuesday’s scrimmage with the Italian World Baseball Classic team, Frankie De La Cruz will start.

On Wednesday, against the Dominican Republic Classic team, Josh Johnson will start, and Ricky Nolasco will enter in relief.

— Joe Frisaro

Early Spring rotation

After the scrimmage on Monday, manager Fredi Gonzalez announced the pitchers for the next few days.

When Grapefruit League action begins on Wednesday, Anibal Sanchez will face the Cardinals in Jupiter. On Thursday, Chris Volstad will start in Port St. Lucie against the Mets. Rick VandenHurk also will throw that day. On Friday in Jupiter against the Orioles, Sean West will start.

The Marlins have an intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium. Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco will each throw two innings. Still no word when either of these two will pitch in Grapefruit League play.

Before Wednesday’s game with the Cardinals, the Marlins will have a B Game with Italy’s World Baseball Classic team on the back field at Roger Dean Stadium. Burke Badenhop will start for Florida in that six-inning contest.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Sunday

What you may have missed at camp on Sunday:

* Anibal Sanchez has been tabbed to start on Wednesday in the first Grapefruit League game. The 1:05 p.m. ET game with the Cardinals will be played at Roger Dean Stadium. Sanchez will throw two innings or around 30 pitches. Blake Hawksworth is scheduled to pitch for St. Louis.

* Sunday was photo day and the day the team signed autographs at Roger Dean Stadium.

* With scrimmages about to start, Sunday was the last day where pitchers faced hitters in live batting practice.

* Andrew Miller continues to get a lot of work as he polishes up his new delivery.

* On Monday, the first intrasquad scrimmage will take place on a backfield at Roger Dean Stadium. Sean West and Eulogio De La Cruz are the respective starters. The scrimmage will be around 10:30 a.m. ET.  

— Joe Frisaro

Sanchez to start Grapefruit opener

Manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that Anibal Sanchez will take the mound in the Marlins Grapefruit League opener on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

The Marlins are the visiting team in the 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Roger Dean Stadium.

Sanchez is expected to throw about two innings and/or 30 pitches.

“I’ve got the first game,” Sanchez said. “I’m ready for this game. I just want to make sure that I’m ready for the season. I want to throw strikes and make good gains. I don’t care if I pitch the first game, second or third game. I want to get ready for the season.”

On Monday, the Marlins will have an intrasquad game around 10:30 a.m. on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium. Sean West and Eulogio De La Cruz are slated to start for each squad.

— Joe Frisaro

West's side story

His attitude is certainly right, but his timing may not be.

Prospect Sean West, an imposing 6-foot-8 left-hander, is in camp to make the team. The Marlins clearly envision him as a big part of their future. Whether he fits into the present has yet to be determined.

One of Florida’s five first-round picks in 2005, West had some injury setbacks that have delayed his progress. In 2007, he missed the whole season due to left shoulder surgery. Last year, he battled with a blister problem to his left middle finger. The blister limited him to 21 games, with 20 starts, and 100 2/3 innings at Class A Jupiter.

He has 270 1/3 total Minor League innings, and the team is leaning towards giving him a full season at Double-A. Still, the 22-year-old wants to make a case for himself these next few weeks. Now 22-years-old, he has added confidence after performing well in the Arizona Fall League.

“I think I’ve faced the best hitters that there are to face in the Minor Leagues when I was in the Fall League,” West said. “I can compete with those guys. I’m anxious for [the Marlins] to throw me in there. I’m here to win a job, and make their decision as hard as possible. I’m not going to go out quietly, that’s for sure.”

— Joe Frisaro