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Rick VandenHurk making adjustments

As Mbaamin reported in yesterday's comments Rick VandenHurk was placed on the DL.

RHP Rick Vanden Hurk, who began the season as the #2 starter in the Marlins starting rotation, has been placed on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to April 13th.  Vanden Hurk earned a victory on Saturday night in his Carolina debut against the Montgomery Biscuits.

Seeing how it is the seven-day DL and retroactive to Sunday, I can't imagine it is much of a problem.

When VandenHurk rejoins the Mudcats he will continue to work on adjustments to his pitching style.

Throughout Spring Training, VandenHurk was aligned in the middle of the rubber. Now, he is on the third-base side, where he had been before this year.

"We were trying to get him to [move to the third-base side]," Marlins pitching coach Mark Wiley said. " I got him to move to the middle. It's tough when you're at the big league level -- he had two starts -- to see how it would kind of translate out. We talked about it since before Spring Training.

"For some reason, he felt way more comfortable and he thought he could command his ball better from over there. He went down, and the decision was made just to move him over."


Along with placement on the mound, the Marlins have urged VandenHurk to further develop his secondary pitches. He is throwing a slider, although it may react more like a cut fastball.


"He needs another out pitch," Wiley said.

There ain't nothing shy about Wiley.  It's good to have you back, Coyote.  And I am sure that when we see VandenHurk again he will have a slider added to his pitching portfolio.