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Marlins make roster moves

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins started off Wednesday by making a number of roster moves.

Outfielder Chris Lubanski was released.

Kyle Skipworth, Vinny Rottino, Tom Koehler and Shawn Hill were reassigned to Minor League camp.

Steve Cishek, Sean West, Alex Sanabia, Dustin Richardson and Bryan Petersen were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, while Sandy Rosario was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Joe Frisaro
 

Nolasco throws off mound

After talking his situation over with the Marlins medical staff, Ricky Nolasco was cleared to throw his first bullpen session of Spring Training on Tuesday morning.

The right-hander threw a pain-free 55-pitch bullpen session. He threw all of his pitches, and is next scheduled to throw off the mound on Friday.

“It’s not getting any worse. I’ve been doing some pretty aggressive stuff with it,” Nolasco said. “So we just sat down and went over my schedule. I said, ‘It’s not going to matter if I go [Wednesday], Thursday, Friday or Saturday.’ So I just wanted to do it today and see how it felt.”

If all goes well, the tentative plan is to have Nolasco pitch in a game on March 13. The right-hander says barring any setbacks, he should be fine for the opening of the regular season.

Josh Johnson will pitch on Opening Night, on April 1, against the Mets. Nolasco projects to face New York on April 2.

Nolasco has been bothered by a jammed right thumb, which prevented him from tossing off the mound until Tuesday.

Earlier in the morning, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez was more cautious about Nolasco.

“We’ll see how he feels today,” Rodriguez said. “Everything is tentative with him.”

Alex Sanabia and Shawn Hill are candidates to fill Nolasco’s rotation spot in the Spring Training until he is cleared to pitch in Grapefruit League games.

Sanabia is scheduled to start on Thursday when the Marlins face the Astros in Kissimmee.

In other news Tuesday, the Marlins have come to contract terms with a number of their players who are under club control and not yet in their arbitration years.

Florida agreed to terms with RHP Arquimedes Caminero, RHP Jose Ceda, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Chris Hatcher, RHP Jhan Marinez, RHP Adalberto Mendez, RHP Omar Poveda, RHP Evan Reed, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Alex Sanabia, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Mike Dunn, LHP Dustin Richardson, LHP Sean West, C John Baker, C Brad Davis, C Brett Hayes, INF Emilio Bonifacio, INF Ozzie Martinez, OF Chris Coghlan, OF Scott Cousins and OF Bryan Petersen.

Joe Frisaro

 

Dobbs, Hill sign Minor League deals

The Marlins have another candidate to challenge for the left-handed bat off the bench role.

Greg Dobbs, who has spent the past four seasons with the Phillies, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

The 32-year-old also is a candidate to play either first or third base. In 88 games with the Phillies last year, Dobbs batted .196 with five homers and 15 RBIs.

Dobbs’ best seasons were in 2007 and 2008. In ’07, he batted .272 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs in 142 games. On Philadelphia’s 2008 World Series title team, Dobbs appeared in 128 games and he belted nine homers while driving in 40 runs. He batted .301 that season.

Dobbs has 292 career pinch-hit at-bats, and he has a .250 average in that role. But last year, he struggled and was 6-for-49 as a pinch-hitter.

The Marlins on Monday also officially announced the signing of right-hander Shawn Hill to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

– Joe Frisaro

Hill signs Minor League deal

The Marlins have added some big league experienced starting pitching depth to their Spring Training roster.

Right-hander Shawn Hill, who made four starts with the Blue Jays, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. If Hill, 29, makes the team, he will earn $600,000.

Hill was 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA for Toronto last year, throwing 20 2/3 innings.

Hill broke in with the Montreal Expos in 2004. The right-hander also has pitched for the Nationals and Padres.

He has made 44 big league starts, and is 9-18 with a 4.74 ERA.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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