"Donnie Murphy, recovering from wrist surgery, will open the 2011 season at Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins outrighted 27-year-old to Triple-A on Friday."
What this does is remove him from the 40-man roster, it is no big deal. Once he returns, plays a little bit in the minors and shows that he is healthy, he can and probably will return to the 40-man. Also it means the Marlins don't think he will be ready by spring training.
Open slots on the 40-man are important heading into the offseason transactions period.