Mother Nature got in the way of Monday's scheduled intrasquad game, which was to have featured Andrew Miller and Clay Hensley but was called off due to wet conditions. Instead, the two candidates for the Marlins rotation threw simulation games under soggy conditions. The mound appeared quite slippery, creating traction problems for the two pitchers.
Hensley looked the best of the two, throwing 18 of his 32 pitches for strikes and inducing nine ground balls (along with two strikeouts) from the 11 batters he faced. Scouts clocked Hensley's fastball in the mid-80s, topping out at 88.
"He's got command of all the plate," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who observed from the outfield. "He's always around the plate and he's not afraid of contact. He's putting himself in that position where he could fill a role (rotation) easy."
Miller threw 23 of his 43 pitches for strikes, struck out four, walked two and gave up a pair of hits. Scouts clocked him at 92-93 mph.
-- On an unrelated note, Gonzalez said that Josh Johnson will start Friday against the Mets in Jupiter but will not go March 31 against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Johnson will be the Opening Day starter against the Mets in New York on April 5, and the Marlins don't want the Mets to get two looks at Johnson before the opener.