Marlins designate reliever Arquimedes Caminero for assignment

Arquimedes Caminero appeared in 19 games over the past two seasons with the Marlins.

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The Miami Marlins designated right-handed reliever Arquimedes Caminero for assignment Thursday afternoon.

With the signing of outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on Tuesday, the Marlins needed to make room on the 40-man roster. Miami’s bullpen will have several arms vying for its two open spots. Righties Carter Capps, Sam Dyson, Aaron Crow and David Phelps as well as lefty Andrew McKirahan are a few of the names who will be in contention.

In 42 outings for Triple-A New Orleans in 2014, Caminero went 4-1 with a 4.86 ERA. Over 63 innings, he allowed 70 hits, seven home runs and a .276 average. Caminero struck out 79 batters and walked 30.

Caminero appeared in 13 MLB games in 2013, tossing a scoreless inning against the San Francisco Giants in his debut Aug. 16. He went 0-0 with a 2.77 ERA, finishing six of the games and striking out 12 batters in 13 frames.

Despite a strong spring, Caminero began 2014 in the minors. During two brief stints in the majors in April and May, he surrendered eight runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in 6 2/3 innings for a 10.80 ERA.

The 27-year-old, a top-20 prospect in the farm system, signed with the Marlins in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic. His fastball can reach triple digits and his slider complements the pitch. Command has been an issue in the past for him.

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