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Sean West hoping surgery saves career with Marlins

      JUPITER -- Of the five pitchers chosen by the Marlins in the first round of the ballyhooed 2005 draft, Sean West is the last man standing. But West's days with the club could be numbered, too. The tall lefty is out of minor-league options and, in his words, said spring training is "make it or break it time" for him as far as the Marlins are concerned.

       "I would really like to stay with the this team and make an impact with these guys," he said. "My goal is to start with this team and finish with this team."Sean west

       That's not going to be easy. Barring injury, the five-man starting rotation is set. Most of the bullpen spots are accounted for, as well. But injuries do happen and the long relief role is up for grabs. Though he has virtually no relief experience (three relief appearances in 94 career minor-league outings), West says he's up for that job.

        What gives the southpaw hope is the renewed life in his arm, which underwent repair after last season. West said Dr. James Andrews performed an elbow cleanup and the results have been spectacular -- just as Andrews predicted they would be.

         "I was in (the hospital) bed, just regaining consciousness, and he comes up and says, 'I've done a lot of these, but I've never seen one that's going to impact a player's career like yours,'" West recalled. "That felt good to hear that, coming from him."

        West, 25, can vouch for Andrews' work. He said his arm hasn't felt this good since he was in high school.

        "I can't even explain how good my arm feels right now," West said. "I have that a zip on the ball again. It’s coming out like it did in high school. It’s an amazing feeling, expecially going into a camp like this."

        West was on the rise at one time. He made 20 starts for the Marlins in 2009, going 8-6 before fading into an afterthought. West has only five weeks to show the Marlins he still belongs. If not, there's a strong chance he'll wind up somewhere else.

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         Pitchers and catchers are taking their physicals this morning, after which they'll hold their first structured workout.

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Oz

Sean West is the last stiff left from the 05 Beinfest Bust Bonanza.What career with the Marlins. His next career with the Marlins should be in a concession stand at the new stadium asking "want fries wit dat?" Dumb ass, out of shape hump.

bob

Geez, it seems that all the Marlins trolls come post here.

I, for one, am rooting for West. He showed promise when he came up a few years ago, beating Randy Johnson no less, and the Marlins really needed (and still need) a good left-handed pitcher. Having one lefty in the rotation in a division with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard isn't going to help much. I really hoped he wouldn't turn into another Volstad, but at least Volstad had too many chances and he was still a bum. Oh well, best of luck Sean West.

Flav C

he is a good hitter. Showed promise last year in the minors, not as a pitcher, but maybe as a DH.

Forrest G

after Sean West' career is over with the Marlins, he will finally attain his boyhood dream . He will go back to Shreveport and open up his very own Bubba Gump Bait&Shrimp Shack. Stupid is as Stupid does.

Glags

Ha. I remember you. What was your name again.

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