JUPITER -- The clubhouse population is continuing to thin as the Marlins made more roster cuts Wednesday, with the latest round centered around high-level minor-leaguers on the team's 40-man roster.
First baseman Justin Bour, infielder Derek Dietrich, catcher J.T. Realmuto, reliever Andre Rienzo and infielder Miguel Rojas were optioned to Triple A New Orleans while pitcher Chris Narveson was reassigned to minor league camp.
Wednesday's reductions bring the spring roster to 44 players, meaning the Marlins must whittle 19 more before the season opener on April 6.
"These are guys we felt like weren't going to make the team, and we wanted them to go down and get some at bats," said manager Mike Redmond. "These are guys that have big-league time, so it's a tough conversation. I'm sure they were wishing they were able to stay longer. I guess the message to those guys is just to be ready. These guys are all good players. It just shows the depth that we have now, and it's nice to have these guys in Triple A. I know it's not nice for them because they all want to make the team."
It's uncertain whether Narveson, a non-roster invitee, will accept the assignment and remain in the organization. But the Marlins are hoping he will.
With the exception of Mat Latos, who will be on the mound, Redmond's lineup for this afternoon's game against the Nationals is very likely the one he'll send out in the season opener.
1. Dee Gordon, 2b; 2. Christian Yelich, lf; 3. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 4. Michael Morse, 1b; 5. Martin Prado, 3b; 6 Marcell Ozuna, cf; 7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c; 8. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss; 9. Mat Latos, p.