After yet another rough outing, Ricky Nolasco was optioned to Triple A New Orleans.
"We've got to get him fixed," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "That's not the Ricky Nolasco we saw last season. Before it gets any worse, let's try to get him better. Obviously he's not the same guy."
Nolasco packed his stuff and left before speaking with reporters.
"I think he just needs to try less hard," said catcher John Baker, who was behind the plate on Friday when Nolasco gave up eight runs in two innings against the Rays.
Baker said he felt that Nolasco was trying to "pitch away from contact."
But Baker said Nolasco has worked hard in his bullpen sessions and in the video room to correct his flaws.
"It's not for lack of effort," Baker said.
Gonzalez said he spoke with Nolasco in the dugout when he was lifted after the second inning.
"He said he feels great," Gonzalez said. "I asked him, 'Is the ball going where you want it to go?' He said 'Sometimes.' It's not what you want to hear."
David Davidson, who entered in relief of Nolasco and gave up five runs in the third, was also sent down to New Orleans. But that move was expected, as the Marlins needed to clear room anyway to promote Sean West from Double A Jacksonville in time for Saturday's start against Tampa Bay.
The Marlins also called up right-handed reliever Chris Leroux from Double A.