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Sanchez will start Thursday/ VandenHurk to 3A

The Marlins will get another big addition this week when Anibal Sanchez makes his return. Sanchez, coming back from shoulder surgery, will get his first start Thursday at home against the Rockies. Sanchez last pitched Thursday for Double A Carolina, and will be making his first start since May 2, 2007.

His fastball has been clocked consistently in the 90s during his rehab starts, and Sanchez has said his main goal is not to worry about strikeouts and walks, but velocity and arm strength.

Sanchez was as good as any pitcher in baseball in the stretch run in 2006 when he went 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA in a September that was highlighted by his no-hitter against Arizona. Sanchez was 9-3 with a 2.27 ERA in the second half of 2006, but never felt 100 percent last season when he made only six starts.

He will take Rick VandenHurk’s spot in the rotation, and everyone will pitch on normal rest except Volstad, who will get an extra days rest and pitch Friday at home against the Rockies.

VandenHurk, who was called up last week when Andrew Miller went on the DL, was roughed up Sunday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings, and was sent to Triple A Albuquerque. Miller (tendonitis in his right knee) has been working out in Jupiter, and is scheduled to throw on the side Monday at Dolphin Stadium.