03/08/2013 5:04 PM ET
Marlins trim Spring Training roster by 11 players
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
JUPITER, Fla. -- Round 1 of Marlins cuts came on Friday morning, and 11 players were informed they wouldn't be part of the Opening Day roster. For many young players, some in their first big league camp, the news was expected. For others, Friday marked their last day in the organization.
The Marlins released 34-year-old right-hander Michael Wuertz, who has 426 Major League games of experience. Wuertz last pitched in the big leagues with Oakland in 2011, and he appeared in one Grapefruit League game, tossing a scoreless inning.
"We didn't see him in the picture of the 25-man roster," manager Mike Redmond said. "Instead of carrying him, and just dragging him along, we felt the best option for him to catch on with another team was to let him go, and see if somebody else picks him up. The longer you go in Spring Training, the tougher it gets for guys when they get released."
Miami also optioned lefty Scott Maine to Triple-A New Orleans. Right-hander Arquimedes Caminero, perhaps the hardest thrower in the organization, and third baseman Zack Cox were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.
If Caminero can command his 97-mph fastball, he has a chance to make an impact in the back of the bullpen.
"This kid, if he pounds the strike zone, and he can consistently repeat his delivery, he's a big leaguer," Redmond said. "It's really up to him, to go down there and work as hard as he possibly can to get that consistency in the strike zone. When he does that, he's going to dominate in the big leagues."
Cox may factor into Miami's third-base plans in the future.
Additionally, Michael Brady (RHP), Adam Conley (LHP), Brian Flynn (LHP), Raudel Lazo (LHP), Danny Black (INF), Derek Dietrich (INF) and Kevin Mattison (OF) were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Dietrich was acquired from the Rays for Yunel Escobar in June. A left-handed-hitting infielder, he will work mostly at second and third base. He hasn't yet been told if he is going to Double-A or Triple-A.
"First of all, it was awesome to meet all the guys," Dietrich said. "To meet all the staff, and all the players. We have a great group. I knew that from the get-go. Getting my feet wet was easy. It's been fun. They made the transition easy for me in my first big league camp."
The Marlins opened camp with 73 players. A few days ago, lefty Andrew Heaney was reassigned to undergo rehab for a strained lat. Alfredo Silverio, a Rule 5 Draft Pick in December, will be out several weeks with a right elbow strain.
While not at his best, Eovaldi shows toughness
JUPITER, Fla. -- Three walks, a hit batter and four hits in four innings wasn't the cleanest of afternoons for Nathan Eovaldi.
But looking at the end result, the Marlins right-hander will take it.
While not at his sharpest, Eovaldi's stuff still was able to keep the Yankees in check in the Marlins' 6-1 win on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium.
"I was kind of breaking all the rules -- walking leadoff batters, working counts. Two outs, walking guys. Giving up hits after getting some quick outs," Eovaldi said. "Luckily, the defense was there, and I was able to pitch out of it."
Eovaldi allowed one run, and he became the first Miami starter to pitch as many as four innings. He threw 61 pitches, 35 for strikes.
"From the first batter of the game, I was never able to get into that nice rhythm," he said. "I was able to maintain the damage."
The lone run the right-hander surrendered came in the fourth inning. After getting two outs, he allowed a single to Melky Mesa and an RBI double to Thomas Neal.
"I thought he looked good," manager Mike Redmond said. "I think he accomplished what we set out to do. I kind of debated having him face that one last hitter."
Eovaldi finished the inning by retiring Ronnier Mustelier on a groundout to second.
"I don't like taking guys out in the middle of the inning, not just for morale for them," Redmond said. "I don't like it, especially in Spring Training. So we let him face another hitter, and he got out of it, which was nice. So he walked off there feeling good. We all did, too."
Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez are the front-runners to be the Nos. 2 and 3 starters behind Ricky Nolasco, who will pitch on Opening Day.
Yelich watched Jeter, Yanks growing up
JUPITER, Fla. -- Growing up on the West Coast didn't stop Christian Yelich from being a Derek Jeter fan.
Yelich, one of the top prospects in the game, is from Thousand Oaks, Calif. But as a kid, his favorite player was the Yankees captain.
"I like the way he went about it," said Yelich, ranked as the Marlins' No. 2 prospect. "When I was a really little kid, just getting into baseball, the Yankees were winning like three World Series in a row. Jeter was always on TV. When you are a Little Leaguer watching baseball, he was always on."
The Marlins faced the Yankees on Friday afternoon. Jeter, recovering from left ankle surgery, did not make the trip to Jupiter.
Yelich, 21, has seen Jeter play in person -- in 2010 in the All-Star Game, which was played in Anaheim. He's also been to Yankee Stadium.
Stanton in similar position as Miggy in '06
JUPITER, Fla. -- The position Giancarlo Stanton is in now for the Marlins is similar to what Miguel Cabrera went through in 2006. Stanton, 23, is the focal point in a young, Miami lineup.
In '06, Cabrera -- now with the Tigers -- essentially took on the same role with the Marlins, when he was managed by Joe Girardi.
Girardi, in Jupiter on Friday managing the Yankees, said the key for Stanton is to not try to do too much. Cabrera did it on a roster filled with rookies.
"The one thing I saw from Miggy was, he was very disciplined in his work and his approach," Girardi said. "He didn't try to do too much. If there was a runner on third, his approach was, 'I'm going to get him in.' Anything over that was gravy."
Girardi advises Stanton to do the same.
"I think when you're a focus of an offense, you have to do that," the Yankees skipper said. "You can't try to do too much. If they're not going to pitch to you, you've got to take your walks. Miggy was willing to do that."
• Placido Polanco will be out at least a few more days with back spasms. The 37-year-old third baseman was checked by a doctor on Friday. "He's having that same problem," Redmond said. "No timetable. He's got to figure out what's going on, what's grabbing on him and where he is."
• Justin Ruggiano went through pregame workouts, and the plan is for him to start in center field on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Early in camp, Ruggiano strained his back, and he has yet to play in a Grapefruit League game.
• Outfield prospect Jake Marisnick, plunked on the back of his left hand by a pitch on Wednesday, hit in the cages and did some drills in the field on Friday.
• Greg Dobbs, nursing a sore right calf, continues to do drills but isn't yet playing in games.
• FOX Sports Florida, which televised Friday's game against the Yankees, will next air the Marlins-Braves game on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET in Jupiter.