Sean West doesn't need to read any newspapers or blogs to know the Marlins starting rotation could find itself in an interesting situation when 15-game winner Ricky Nolasco is ready to return from Triple A. He knows his third career start in the big leagues didn't go well Wednesday night against the Brewers.
All he is hoping for is that manager Fredi Gonzalez is willing to give him another chance. By the sound of Gonzalez's voice in thre Marlins locker room moments ago, it looks like the 22-year old left-hander will get that chance.
"I think his command wasn't as sharp as the first two outings," said Gonzalez of West, who lasted just 4-1/3 and gave up four hits, three walks and three earned runs in his first big loss. "That happens with young pitchers. Hopefully, he'll bounce back, have a good side in a day or two and get back to being the Sean West we saw the first two times out."
> Hayden Penn won't be so lucky.
After walking three batters wih the bases loaded to fuel the Brewers' six-run fifth inning, the Marlins designated him for assignment after the game. Penn, acquired in the trade that sent shortstop Robert Andino to the Orioles on April 1, simply wasn't getting the job done as a middle reliever. His ERA after tonight's game is 7.77.
Gonzalez stayed away from bashing Penn and said he hopes Penn stays in the organization and improves. But it's hard to imagine the Marlins are going to bother to bring Penn back. Relief pitching simply doesn't seem like his fortay.
"I wasn't getting it done," Penn said. "That's what you get paid to do, come here and get your job done. I wasn't doing it."
> For those of you wondering how far Dan Uggla's 11th home run of the season went in the eighth, it reached the upper deck in left field and bounced through the tunnel. Uggla still hasn't gotten his 100th caree home run ball from Tuesday's game. You can find out how far that shot went as well as Wednesday's at this cool website introduced to us by Marlins PR man Matt Roebuck.