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Anibal Sanchez feels tightness in his right shoulder; Marlins set spring rotation

JUPITER -- Anibal Sanchez felt a little tightness behind his right shoulder after throwing his bullpen session Friday and will take a few days off to rest it.

Anibal SanchezThe 28-year old right-hander said he isn’t too worried about it, but the team has scratched him from throwing in an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday on Field 2 at Roger Dean Stadium. His first Grapefruit League start is now tentatively set for March 9 against the Nationals.

"It's the first time I've felt anything in my shoulder in a long time," said Sanchez, who missed half of the 2007 season with a torn labrum.

Sanchez has made 32 starts each of the last two seasons, going a combined 21-21 with a 3.61 ERA. Last season, he was 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA before the All-Star break.

The Marlins have now set their early spring rotation according to pitching coach Randy St. Claire.

Carlos Zambrano will pitch in Sunday’s scrimmage, which may last about three innings and again on Thursday in Port St. Lucie against the Mets.

Josh Johnson will start in the Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals Monday.

Tuesday, Mark Buehrle will throw against the University of Miami at Marlins Park. Alex Sanabia will start against the Tigers in the afternoon game in Jupiter.

Wednesday, Ricky Nolasco will face Florida International at Marlins Park. Sean West will take the mound against the Mets in the afternoon in Jupiter.

St. Claire said the Marlins will have plenty of off days at the start of the regular season in April to shuffle their rotation around.


West, who went 5-8 with a 5.59 ERA last season in Triple A New Orleans, has looked impressive thus far according to St. Claire.

He's doing what he needs to do, executing his pitches command wise. When I took this job three years ago they said there were two openings. I watched all the video and I said there isn't two openings to me, there can only be one. I said there can't be guys better than [West].

"92, 93 miles per hour coming out of the hand with a change up and biting slider. He's back to looking like that guy. What he threw today, [catcher Brett] Hayes said it was the nastiest he's ever seen from him."

West, not expected to land a job with the team, said he's motivated despite the obvious reason not to be.

"Things are just starting to click for me. It's taken a couple years to get that way. I wish it hadn't. But this is the year things are starting to click and I'm just rolling with it," said West, who had a procedure done to clean out his throwing arm last September.

"I had that cleanout with Dr. Andrew's this past off-season. Ever since then it's been coming out like it used to when I was in high school. I'm just trying to stay motivated, very positive."

> Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is celebrating his 29th wedding anniversary with his wife Ibis Friday night. He joked that he's only forgotten two of them.

"People thought I'd never be married more than one year. People thought I'd never play in the big leagues longer than one month. People thought I wouldn't manage longer than 3 months. Keep it rolling baby," Guillen said.

> Guillen said he didn't know until two days ago that Emilio Bonifacio was a switch hitter. His son Oney pointed it out to him. "I didn't know," Guillen said. "Why not be honest about it?"