Notebook: Marlins trim roster by 12
JUPITER, Fla. — There were 12 fewer players in Marlins big-league camp Wednesday morning.
Righty Michael Brady and outfielder Kyle Jensen were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, while righties Angel Sanchez and Jose Urena, lefty Grant Dayton, catcher J.T. Realmuto and outfielder Brent Keys were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.
Non-roster players reassigned to minor-league camp included lefties Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino, righties Jesus Sanchez and Colby Suggs as well as infielder Avery Romero.
”I think it was great to get a chance to see some of those guys get an opportunity in the big leagues,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. ”Young kids like Romero, Keys. Get them in games. They got some at-bats, and I think hopefully they all had a good experience and understand what it takes to be able to play in the big leagues.”
Jensen blasted the game-winning home run on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. DeSclafani pitched two scoreless innings on Monday. Keys went 4 for 10 during spring training. Urena and Suggs both tossed a shutout outing. Nicolino, rated one of the top left-handed starting pitching prospects, threw a shutout frame.
A few of the guys could make their major-league debuts sometime this season.
”We’ll see,” Redmond said. ”I think that was kind of our message to them is to go down there and continue to work now that they’ve got a little bit of a taste of what it takes to pitch or play in the big leagues.
”Definitely as you saw last year, you need guys, especially pitching. You go through guys. Guys get banged up, and (it) really comes down to who’s pitching the best in the minor leagues. I think the point was for the guys to go down there and get work and improve on the things they need to work on and be ready.”
There are now 56 players remaining in camp. Opening Day is March 31 at Marlins Park.
FURCAL, BAKER IMPROVE
Two guys on the mend — second baseman Rafael Furcal and utility player Jeff Baker — continue to progress and could return to the lineup over the weekend.
Furcal, who exited Monday’s game with a left hamstring injury, hit in the batting cages Wednesday morning. Baker also left that game with a sore left quadriceps. He hopes to return Friday.
”Both are feeling much better,” Redmond said. ”They’re going to do some light activity (Wednesday). If everything goes well they’ll go through all baseball activity (Thursday). I wouldn’t rule out them playing in the next couple days.
”I think that’s great. We weren’t sure exactly the extent. I think we did the smart thing getting those guys out of there when we did and getting them a couple of days off. Hopefully we won’t have anymore setbacks as we go.”
The Marlins added Pat Shine to their coaching staff as major league administrative coach.
Shine, who was previously an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at UC Irvine, also coached at UCLA and New Mexico. He is Redmond’s lifelong friend from Washington.
His duties will include throwing batting practice and helping video coaching coordinator Cullen McRae with instant replay. He will also work the cages with hitting coach Frank Menechino and the infield with Perry Hill.
”We’ve talked about having a guy to help with batting practice and all that stuff, but this is perfect because it gives us a guy that can do both jobs,” Redmond said. ”He can help with batting practice, help in the cage and give C-Mac another set of eyes. It’s actually a perfect fit.”
MARMOL’S STRONG OUTING
For a pitcher with a history of wildness, righty Carlos Marmol delivered a near perfect outing Wednesday against the Braves.
The 31-year-old went 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his second spring appearance, relieving starter Henderson Alvarez with two outs in the fourth.
With an inherited runner at second base, Marmol threw the first pitch for a ball before getting Andrelton Simmons to fly out to center.
Of his 10 pitches, nine went for strikes. Joey Terdoslavich flied out to left and Ramiro Pena reached on a fielding error by Derek Dietrich. Adeiny Hechavarria and Dietrich turned a double play to end the fifth.
"It was good to see Marmol come in and throw some strikes and hit on some nice sliders," Redmond said. "He looked good. Henderson just ran out of pitches for us. We didn’t want to leave him out there. So he came in with a guy on second base and got him out and then gave us a clean inning. He looked good (and) he threw strikes."
CAPPS BOUNCES BACK
Righty Carter Capps rebounded from a rough start to his Marlins career with two scoreless no-hit innings and four strikeouts Wednesday.
Capps, acquired in the Logan Morrison trade, had given up two runs on three hits with two walks, one strikeout, one wild pitch and a hit batter in three innings for a 6.00 ERA.
After a leadoff walk and stolen base by B.J. Upton, Capps struck out the next three batters — Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson. In the seventh, Ernesto Mejia flied out to left, pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella popped out to short and Terdoslavich struck out swinging.
"He started off a little wild there but he got it together and gave us two nice innings," Redmond said.
Upcoming rotation: RHP Jacob Turner (Thursday), RHP Tom Koehler (Friday), RHP Jose Fernandez (Saturday), LHP Brad Hand (Saturday in Panama), RHP Kevin Slowey (Sunday) and RHP Nathan Eovaldi (Sunday in Panama).