Sean West didn't fare so well in Saturday's B game against the Orioles. And by "didn't fare so well," I mean "sucked real bad."
West walked seven batters in just 1 2/3 innings, and he might have walked a few more had the game not been halted--twice--in order to stop the bleeding. Saturday's seven walks brought West's grand total to 10 free passes in just 3 2/3 innings this spring.
Sean must be a glass-is-half-full kind of guy, because after the game, he pointed to his 1-2-3 second inning as a positive take from the otherwise wild outing. The Marlins appear to be a bit less optimistic at the moment, though; they optioned West to AAA New Orleans this morning.
There isn't much doubt that he'll be back at some point, but while West works on his command, the Marlins have at least narrowed the competition for the final two spots in the rotation. Miller, Penn, VandenHurk and Volstad will duke it out for those, because after Anibal's four scoreless innings against the Mets Sunday, the number three spot appears to have his name on it.
In other news, the Marlins optioned Jose Ceda to AA Jacksonville.