With all the scheduling uncertainty due to the rain, the Marlins' pitching plans are in a state of flux. Josh Johnson is scheduled to go tonight, but the heavy drops have started falling at the ballyard and the infield has been covered. If tonight's game is rained out, the Marlins and Diamondbacks will likely play doubleheaders on Wednesday AND Thursday, as Arizona does not return to South Florida the rest of the season.
Chris Volstad is set to start Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader. Game 2 is a TBA, with Hayden Penn expected to receive the assignment. Andrew Miller is due to start Thursday Friday is also a TBA, though manager Fredi Gonzalez said Ricky Nolasco could get the start ("We're kicking it around"),even on short rest. Nolasco threw 76 pitches Monday before rain cut short his outing.
If Nolasco goes Friday -- or even Saturday -- there's a very strong possibility the Marlins will have to dip into their minor-league ranks for a starter. And this might be the time they pull the trigger on Sean West, who pitched Monday for Double A Jacksonville and would be lined up for a Saturday start. West, who is one of the organization's top prospects, is 4-2 with a 4.85 ERA. The problem with West is that his arbitration clock would start ticking if he was promoted now.
--Rick VandenHurk (DL, elbow) threw a 60-pitch simulation game on Tuesday and will make a rehab start (60-70 pitches) for Single A Jupiter on Sunday. The Marlins are penciling VandenHurk in for an early June return. Same with Anibal Sanchez, who threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is set to do it again on Thursday.