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Encore Game on Fox Sports Florida

History will note that on May 29, 2010, Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game ever in the Major Leagues. Halladay’s performance for the ages came at the expense of the Marlins, as the Phillies won 1-0.

What occurred the next day has pretty much been forgotten. There wasn’t anything historical, but what took place still was impressive.

The Marlins rebounded from being blanked by Halladay by posting a 1-0 win of their own.  Anibal Sanchez, who no-hit Arizona as a rookie in 2006, combined with Taylor Tankersley, Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez for the shutout. Sanchez scattered three hits, and the Phillies managed just four all afternoon. 

Marlins fans have a chance to revisit that gem at noon on Wednesday as part of Fox Sports Florida’s Encore Games package.

This May 30 game matched Sanchez against veteran Jamie Moyer, who has enjoyed years of success against Florida.

The Marlins needed six hits to win the game.

The Encore Games package is a reminder that Spring Training is swiftly approaching. Marlins pitchers and catchers begin workouts at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 18. Full-squad workouts start on Feb. 22.

Joe Frisaro

 

Houser designated, Veras selected

Once again, the Marlins bullpen is back to having one lefty.

Left-hander James Houser was designated for assignment on Friday afternoon, one day after he made his Major League debut in Baltimore.

Houser threw 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs with one hit batter, one walk and one strikeout. He yielded a home run to Miguel Tejada.

The Marlins had promoted Houser from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.

Replacing Houser is right-handed reliever Jose Veras, who had his contract selected from New Orleans on Friday.

Veras rejoins the Marlins for the second time this season. The veteran right-hander was a non-roster invitee in Spring Training, and he was on Florida’s Opening Day roster. However, he appeared in four games, and gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings with four walks and six strikeouts.

Veras appeared in 24 games at New Orleans, and he was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA. In 29 1/3 innings, he struck out 37 and walked 15.

Taylor Tankersley is the lone lefty in Florida’s bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Two relievers joining squad

The revolving door continues to spin.

Once again, the Marlins have dipped into their Minor League system in hopes of finding consistent relief help.

While no official announcement has been made, left-hander James Houser will have his contract selected on Tuesday from Triple-A New Orleans. And right-hander Alex Sanabia also had his contract selected, but from Double-A Jacksonville.

Once these two are added to the 40-man roster, the Marlins will have to make one corresponding roster move. Currently the roster is at 39 after Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment following Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Rays.

Also on Sunday, Jay Buente was optioned to Triple-A.

The Marlins have already used 15 different relievers this season. Also, for one game, Nate Robertson — who was skipped a start because of the way a day off fell — threw 5 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Foremost, the Marlins are looking for relievers to throw strikes. The team suffered an agonizing 9-8 loss to the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday. Six separate relievers combined to walk 11 batters.

Sanabia, picked in the 32nd round in 2006, has enjoyed a strong season at Jacksonville. The right-hander was a starter. In 14 outings, he wsa 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA, including 65 strikeouts to 16 walks in 84 1/3 innings.

Sanabia projects to be used in long relief. The feeling is he has the makings of a solid fourth or fifth starter in the big leagues. For now, he will be asked to help out in either long relief or in certain situations.

Houser, meanwhile, is a 25-year-old lefty from Sarasota, Fla. He was signed as a Minor League free agent last November.

In 11 games at New Orleans, he struck out 11 and walked four in 19 1/3 innings.

Like Sanabia, Houser can throw multiple innings. He joins Taylor Tankersley as a lefty in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Pinto designated, Wood recalled

After the Marlins lost 6-3 to the Rangers on Wednesday night, the Marlins designated left-handed reliever Renyel Pinto.

Right-hander Tim Wood has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Pinto appeared in the ninth inning on Wednesday, and he yielded a home run to Josh Hamilton.

In 20 games this season, Pinto posted a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts and nine walks.

He went on the disabled list on May 27 with a left hip strain, and he was reinstated on Sunday afternoon.

With Pinto designated, Taylor Tankersley is the lone lefty in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Tracking the D-Train

Before the deal to send Dontrelle Willis to Arizona was finalized, the Marlins expressed interest in luring the D-Train back to South Florida.

Ultimately, the Tigers dealt Willis to the D-backs for right-hander Billy Buckner.

dontrelle1.jpgWith Arizona, Willis gets a chance to remain in the rotation. Had the Marlins obtained the 28-year-old left-hander, he would have been an option to throw out of the bullpen.

The Marlins and Tigers were unable to find a match for a deal, so none was made. But could Willis eventually wind up with the Marlins? Don’t rule it out.

The scenario that could land Willis back with the Marlins is if his struggles follow him to Arizona. If he is designated again, the Marlins likely would have interest.

The Marlins are looking for reliable left-handed relief help. Renyel Pinto is on the disabled list. When healthy, Pinto has not consistently thrown strikes. Dan Meyer was designated for assignment last week, and on Tuesday he was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans. Hunter Jones is a lefty at New Orleans, who had a brief callup.

Taylor Tankersley is the lone lefty in the bullpen. Thus far, he is doing a nice job. Ideally, manager Fredi Gonzalez prefers two lefties in the pen.

Willis has a track record and a history with Florida. Perhaps, he is more suited for a bullpen role.

During his five seasons with the Marlins, Willis set the franchise record for victories with 68. In each of his last three years with the organization, he topped 200 innings pitched. And in 2005, he was 22-10, and he remains the only player in franchise history to be a 20 game winner.

Even in his best days, Willis had an inconsistent delivery. Deception was his biggest strength when he was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003. He also was an All-Star that year and a big reason why the Marlins won the World Series.

His high leg kick and abundance of energy made him unique. Then there was the delivery, which always was a reason many scouts and pitching coaches wondered if he could continue being successful.

From start to start, his arm slot and leg kick would vary. When a pitcher has a cleaner delivery, like Josh Johnson, it is easy to point out what is wrong and then fix it.

The Marlins thinking is Willis can be more effective as a reliever because he doesn’t have to go through a lineup three or four times. For an inning or two, pitching mechanics may not be as big a deal.

Willis grew up in the Oakland, Calif., area, and he recently bought a home near Phoenix. So he is happy to be going out West. If pitching in Arizona doesn’t pan out, returning to South Florida, where he enjoyed his greatest success, could be his next option.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins roster moves

Before facing the Braves on Thursday night, the Marlins made an assortment of roster moves.

The team recalled left-hander Taylor Tankersley and right-hander Jay Buente from Triple-A New Orleans. Infielder Mike Lamb had his contract selected from New Orleans. The veteran, who opened the season with the club, returns for his second stint. He becomes a left-handed bat off the bench.

The Marlins also placed lefty reliever Renyel Pinto on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip strain.

Tankersley joins Dan Meyer as the lefties working out of the pen. The former first-round pick in 2004 is in the big leagues for the first time since July of 2008. He missed all of last year after undergoing stress fracture elbow surgery.

Tankersley appeared in 20 games with New Orleans. In 19 1/3 innings, he struck out 17 and walked six.

Buente, like Tankersley, was in big league camp with the Marlins. At New Orleans, the right-hander struck out 35 in 26 2/3 innings, but he has walked 17.

Badenhop has struggled in May. The right-hander, who suffered the loss on Wednesday, has given up at least one run in six of his seven appearances in May.

Lamb had been playing third base at New Orleans. He was 10-for-40 (.250) with the Zephyrs.

After Wednesday’s game, the Marlins optioned outfielder Bryan Petersen to Triple-A.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins option Petersen

Bryan Petersen, who has seen limited playing time, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the Marlins’ 7-3 loss to the Braves on Wednesday night.

The team didn’t announce who would get brought up. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team would announce who is getting the call up on Thursday.

A source said it will be lefty reliever Taylor Tankersley.

At Triple-A New Orleans, Tankersley is 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA. In 19 innings, he has struck out 17, while walking six.

If the Marlins consider adding a position player, among position players in line to be called up are Emilio Bonifacio, who is at Triple-A New Orleans. And Mike Lamb, who is not on the 40-man roster. Bonifacio is on the 40-man. It is still a week or two too early for Mike Stanton to get the call.

Petersen was 1-for-16 with the Marlins, with his lone hit coming in his first MLB at-bat.

“He’s a young player, sitting on the bench, and pinch-hitting every once a game, that’s not what you want to have with a young player,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez joked afterwards when asked if the initials of the player being called up is M.S, “You mean Mike Schmidt.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins make roster moves

Early on Friday, the Marlins made some additional roster moves.

Optioned to Triple-A New Orleans were Taylor Tankersley, Cristhian Martinez, Scott Cousins and Jai Miller.

Assigned to Minor League camp were Kasey Olenberger, Vinny Rottino and Danny Richar.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Turnbow exits with injury

Derrick Turnbow was removed in the eighth inning after hitting a batter with a pitch.

The right-handed reliever, who is trying to make the Marlins as a non-roster invitee, favored his right shoulder on a day he struggled to throw strikes.

Turnbow walked Pete Orr on four pitches, and his sixth pitch to Danny Espinosa hit the Nationals shortstop.

Twice in the inning, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound. The second visit, Turnbow was removed for lefty Taylor Tankersley.

Turnbow has battled shoulder tendinitis this spring.

Eight of the 10 pitches Turnbow threw were balls.

In 2001, Turnbow suffered a broken right elbow.

“This pain is 10 times worse than that broken elbow,” Turnbow said.”Whatever it is, I’m going to be shut down for a while. My chance for the big league team is over, either way.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Tankersley back on mound

Stepping back on the mound in game for the first time in about a year had Taylor Tankersley thinking about what is and what might have been.

In the back of his mound, the left-hander, who will turn 27 on Sunday, wondered if he would ever face batters ever again.

Last April, Tankersley underwent surgery to fix a stress fracture in his throwing elbow. Two screws were inserted into his throwing arm.

tankersley2.jpgSo there was natural elation when Tankersley took the mound for an inning of relief in the sixth inning on Thursday against the Nationals. In all, it took four pitches to record three outs in a scoreless frame.

Ivan Rodriguez led off with a single, but Adam Dunn tapped into a double play, and Mike Morse was retired on a fly out.

“I’m just very grateful for the opportunity to throw a baseball again,” said Tankersley, a 2004 first-round pick from Alabama. “When I had surgery last April, there were a lot of days over the summer, where you’re coming into rehab, and you’re working hard. In the back of your mind, you have the knowledge that it all might be in vain, that I might not ever pitch again.

“Going through that hard work, for that long period of time, without being able to throw a baseball has me so thankful to be where I am right now.”

Tankersley is competing for a lefty relief spot.

Throwing four pitches was his first step in getting back to the big leagues.

“I guess that’s a double-edge sword here in Spring Training,” Tankersley said of throwing four pitches. “You want to have a good outing, which I did. But you might want to also throw 10 or 12 pitches to show a little more in you. But I’m not complaining by any means.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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