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OF Cameron Maybin Optioned to Minors, Reliever Clay Hensley Placed on the DL


    The good times keep on coming for the stumbling Marlins.......

   Following a closed-door clubhouse meeting Thursday that was led by Marlins first base coach and resident motivational speaker Dave Collins, the Marlins announced several roster moves. Outfielder Cameron Maybin was optioned to Triple A New Orleans and reliever Clay Hensley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left neck strain. Maybin wasn't playing, but the DL move with Hensley represents a blow considering he was one of the few dependable options out of the pen.

    The Marlins are calling up right-handed reliever Scott Strickland and infielder Mike Lamb from New Orleans to fill the two roster spots. Strickland, who has gone 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 14 appearances for the Zephyrs, has not pitched in the majors since 2005.

    Maybin had not played since June 6, just before Mike Stanton was called up from the minors and inserted into the outfield.

   "I think it's been seven or eight days he hasn't even had an at bat," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "We knew this could happen when we brought Mike up. We've got to do with what's best for Maybin, and I commend him for the way he's gone about his business. He's a 23-year-old kid that needs to play."

   The Marlins have already used 15 pitchers out of the bullpen this season. Strickland will make it 16. Hensley was DLd, retroactive to June 12.

   -- It was another subpar start by Ricky Nolasco, whose throwing error in the fifth inning was monumental in terms of the outcome. Marlins pitchers have now committed 13 errors this season. Next on the list are the Chicago Cubs, whose pitchers have made nine errors. The club record for errors by Marlins pitchers in a season is 20, which belongs to the 2007 staff.

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