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May 10, 2013

Boras set to watch client "Joe Fez" face the Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Super agent Scott Boras will watch one of his newest clients -- Marlins starter Jose Fernandez (or Joe Fez as Boras calls him)-- pitch in a major league game in person for the first time tonight.

Boras, who inked the Marlins' top prospect at the beginning of spring training and visited him in Jupiter, said he took Fernandez out to dinner Thursday night and said the 20-year old right-hander was "very relaxed."

"It's going to be quite a career, quite a ride," said Boras, whose last top-shelf client to play for the Marlins was catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was with the Marlins for just one season — 2003 — before leaving via free agency.

"The numbers -- I've got a list [of the pitchers to reach the majors at 20] -- [Dwight] Gooden, [Steve] Avery, [Fernando] Valenzuela, all these guys that were very special pitchers. He's off to a better start."

Boras said owner Jeffrey Loria called him personally before the season to inform him the Marlins were calling up Fernandez to start the season in the big leagues. Boras said he had no problem with it because keeping him in the minors might have stunted his development.

"Placing him at the major league level it's challenging him to pitch with three pitches and create a more dynamic perspective," Boras said. "He doesn't have the typical soul of a 20-year old."

Boras said he likes the fact the Marlins are keeping Fernandez on a limited innings count.

"The numbers are not good," Boras said. "If you're pitching a lot of innings prior to being 24 you're chances of pitching past 30 are not good. Whether he pitches 150, 160 here or the minor leagues, it doesn't matter."

Asked if he thinks the Marlins will have to change their no-trade policy to sign free agency in the future, Boras said: "I think the no trade policy does affect franchise players. But the number of franchise players in free agency are pretty rare.

"The Marlins in my mind you've got a number of players who like the geographical dynamic of what Miami offers. You've got a footprint now. It's not a wish and a hope."

Koehler replaces struggling LeBlanc in Marlins' rotation; Morrison hits home run in rehab game

The Marlins have moved long reliever Tom Koehler (0-0, 3.18 ERA) into the rotation, flip-flopping left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-5, 6.11 ERA) into his spot in the bullpen.

Koehler will pitch Sunday against the Dodgers. He made one start last season, going five innings and giving up six hits and three earned runs in a 4-2 loss to the Mets in the season finale.

> Right-hander Alex Sanabia, who tweaked his right groin in his last start Tuesday, will have his next scheduled start pushed back at least day according to Redmond to give him extra rest. Ricky Nolasco will start in Sanabia's place Tuesday when the Marlins return home to face the Reds.

> Utility infielder Chris Valaika returned home and had surgery on his broken left wrist Friday. Valiaka will need four to six weeks to heal before beginning his rehab Redmond said.

> First baseman Logan Morrison went 2-for-3 with a single and a home run in extended spring training action Friday. Morrison still isn't playing the field and is only playing as a designated hitter.

> Redmond is optimistic catcher Jeff Mathis, rehabbing in Double A Jacksonville, could end up rejoining the team Tuesday. Mathis has caught nine innings in back-to-back games.

> Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is still running in a pool as he attempts to come back from a hamstring injury, Redmond said. 

FRIDAY'S LINEUPS

> Marlins (10-25): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 3. Placido Polanco 3B, 4. Justin Ruggiano CF, 5. Greg Dobbs 1B, 6. Marcell Ozuna RF, 7. Derek Dietrich 2B, 8. Rob Brantly C, 9. Jose Fernandez RHP.

> Dodgers (13-20): 1. Carl Crawford LF, 2. Nick Punto 3B, 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B, 4. Matt Kemp CF, 5. Andre Ethier RF, 6. A.J. Ellis C, 7. Skip Schumaker 2B, 8. Dee Gordon SS, 9. Matt Magill RHP.