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Marlins Set Pitching Staff -- Starters and Bullpen; Cody Ross Opening Day Status in Doubt

    A lot happened on the Marlins pitching front on Tuesday, with the end result being that the staff now appears set -- from the starting rotation to the bullpen.

    Seth McClung was released. Nate Robertson was obtained in a trade. Clay Hensley was assigned to the bullpen. And relievers Tim Wood and Rick VandenHurk were optioned to Triple A New Orleans.

    So here's how the staff looks:


    1. Josh Johnson, 2. Ricky Nolasco, 3. Anibal Sanchez, 4. Chris Volstad; 5. Robertson.


    Leo Nunez, Brian Sanches, Renyel Pinto, Dan Meyer, Jose Veras, Burke Badenhop, and Hensley.

    Meanwhile, there remain a few lingering questions with the rest of the roster. Cody Ross is not healing very quickly from a calf injury, leading to concern he might not be able to go for the season opener on Monday. Ross was supposed to play in a minor-league game on Tuesday but, instead, was sent home early.

 "I'm not going to lie to you," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "It's concerning."

If Ross goes on the DL, the Marlins' backup options are limited, as Brett Carroll is also out with a strained oblique and wouldn't be available. Emilio Bonifacio and Brian Barden have played outfield, but not as their primary position. The Marlins could turn to Bryan Petersen, who went 2 for 3 on Tuesday to raise his average this spring to .295. Petersen spent all last season at Double A Jacksonville, where he hit .297.

Barden and the lefty-swinging Mike Lamb appear to be frontrunners for bench jobs, along with Bonifacio, Wes Helms and the backup catcher. Barden is hitting .342 while Lamb is at .393.