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Change Could Be Coming to Marlins Rotation -- Is West Next?

  There is a strong possibility the Marlins will promote Sean West from the minors and stick him in the rotation, perhaps as early as Tuesday. There's also a chance the Marlins could obtain a left-handed starter in any trade involving Jorge Cantu. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said upcoming rotation plans are unsettled, but offered no guarantees that Alex Sanabia would remain in the rotation following Wednesday's short and unsuccessful outing.

  In fact, by throwing just 43 pitches, Sanabia will be available to work out of the bullpen on either Saturday or Sunday in San Diego. Rodriguez said Sanabia needs to work on a third pitch, his slider. Sanabia faced just 14 batters in his abbreviated start on Wednesday against the Giants and gave up hits to nine of them. Granted, eight of them were singles, some of which slipped through the infield. But the bottom line was not good.

   "Right now he's going to (be in the bullpen) for the San Diego series and then we will figure out what we want to do after that," Rodriguez said. "We'll make a decison on how that series in San Diego plays out."

  The Marlins have an off day on Monday, which would enable the Marlins to move up everyone in the rotation and hold off on a fifth starter until Aug. 7. But Rodriguez said he wants to give every member of the rotation that extra day of rest. Sanabia, therefore, would be due up on Tuesday.

   West is coming off an impressive complete-game shutout on Tuesday for Triple A New Orleans, where he has gone 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA. He has a 46/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 57 2/3 innings. Perhaps more significantly, by promoting West, the Marlins would add a lefty arm that is now lacking in the rotation. 


   There are growing signs that the Marlins and Rangers are close to a deal for Jorge Cantu.

   The Colorado Rockies, losers of eight straight and sinking fast, are no longer bidding for Cantu,  according to Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports. In fact, the Rockies may be becoming sellers. Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports on the Giants' interest, or lack thereof, in Cantu. The Rangers are still in it. The uncertainty surrounding the trade deadline is wearing on Cantu, who admitted as much Wednesday. "It's a little hard to put it out of my head," Cantu said. "I can't hide it. It's right there, lingering. It might be affecting me in the field, too."


Fashion cop Edwin Rodriguez not only complained about Brian Wilson's orange spikes, but also told rookie newcomer Logan Morrison to cut his hair when he reported for duty with the Marlins with longer locks than are permitted under team policy. Morrison snipped off some of the shag but didn't lose his strength, scorching a pair of doubles on Wednesday in what was his second big-league game. Morrison also made an outstanding running catch to backhand a fly ball along the foul line in left. "You saw that play he made down the left field line, that was a great play," Rodriguez said. "His second day in the big leagues, playing a new position. And already he might be a Web Gem." Looks like Rodridguez was right.Click here to see for yourself.


   Today's lineups:

   Marlins: 1. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 2. Logan Morrison, lf; 3. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 4. Dan Uggla, 2b; 5. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Mike Stanton, rf; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.

   Giants: 1. Andres Torres, rf; 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2b; 3. Aubrey Huff, lf; 4. Buster Posey, c; 5. Juan Uribe, 3b; 6. Pablo Sandoval, 1b; 7. Aaron Rowand, cf; 8. Edgar Renteria, ss; 9. Madison Bumgarner, lhp.

    Umpires: HP -- Lance Barksdale; 1B -- Ed Rapuano; 2B -- Tom Hallion; 3B -- Mike Estabrook