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Three more Fish were removed from the aquarium, leaving 37.

Tankersley, Rupe and Stewart were re-assigned to the minor league camp.  This leaves the Marlins without a left-handed reliever.  That is unless Olsen starts the season in the pen.  But Olsen isn't a LOOGY, so a left-handed specialist will not be part of the Marlins relief corp when the season opens.

Girardi isn't too concerned.

"Obviously you'd like to have a left-hander in your bullpen, but right now we feel the better arms are right-handed," Girardi said. "We're just going to go with 11 or 12 pitchers, and we may not have a left-hander out of the bullpen."

In other pitching news, Rule 5 draftee Michael Megrew has a sore shoulder and will not pitch the rest of the spring.  He will start the season either on the disabled list or be sent back to the Dodgers. I'm guessing the latter.

Now for something completely different.

Bee swarm: Right-hander Brian Moehler pitched well Friday against Dodgers minor-leaguers on a back field in Jupiter, but the most excitement came in the fourth inning.

"We had a bee swarm come through,'' Girardi said. "Flew over the dugout, right over home plate. Saw the catcher run from the Dodgers. Oh my goodness, I was gone.''

Girardi was asked what the swarm looked like. "I can't tell you. I was running the other way,'' he said.

"It wasn't like in the thousands, but it was a good number of bees. It was enough to make me go in the other direction."

Kinda gives a new meaning to:  Run, Joe, Run.