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Marlins make roster moves

As noted in the earlier blog item, Zach Kroenke wasn’t expected to make the team. And on Monday, the Marlins returned the lefty to Yankees.

A Rule 5 claim in December, Kroenke now heads back to New York. The cost to bring him in a few months is $25,000. It would have been $50,000 had he made the Marlins.

In other moves made on Monday, right-hander Dallas Trahern was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Right-hander Chris Leroux was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Lefty Aaron Thompson was reassigned to Minor League camp.

– Joe Frisaro

Weighing decision on Kroenke

The Marlins are weighing what to do with lefty Zach Kroenke. A Rule 5 pick from the Yankees system in December, Kroenke has to make the club or be offered back to New York.

Indications are he won’t make Florida’s Opening Day roster. But that doesn’t automatically mean he can’t remain in Florida’s system.

Some options the Marlins have are: They can place the left-handed reliever on waivers and see if someone claims him. If a team does, though, Kroenke would have to make their club, or be offered back to New York.

Another scenario, Kroenke could be offered back to New York, but the Yankees could say they don’t want him. In that case, Kroenke could remain with the Marlins and be optioned to the Minor Leagues.

In two Grapefruit League appearances, he has one total inning, allowing seven runs while walking four and allowing four hits.

Rule 5 claims who make the team that draft him cost $50,000. Those who don’t and return to their original club cost the drafting club $25,000.

– Joe Frisaro

Quick camp hits

Lefty reliever Zach Kroenke, hampered by a minor blister to his middle finger, threw a 15-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Because he is a Rule 5 claim, and he has to make the squad or be sent back to the Yankees by Opening Day, the Marlins aren’t taking any chances with him. Kroenke can’t miss any extended time, so when the blister popped during his second side session, Minor League pitching coordinator Wayne Rosenthal immediately shut him down.

Within a few days, he should be fine.

* Cody Ross was back in camp on Saturday morning. The starting right fielder missed Thursday and Friday because his wife, Summer, gave birth to their second child on Thursday.

– Joe Frisaro

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