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Rick VandenHurk getting ready

Rick VandenHurk has already started his offseason training with an eye on making the starting rotation.

RHP Rick VandenHurk is trying to give himself every chance to win a roster spot in spring training. He recently started long-tossing at home in the Netherlands. He will go to Puerto Rico soon to pitch for Carolina in winter ball. VandenHurk went 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 11 starts for the Marlins.

If VandenHurk can avoid injury it is very likely he could end up in the starting rotation.  And that, I have no problem with.  The young man has skills but he needs to go at least six innings consistently and cut down on the home runs.  If he can do that, he will be a valuable addition to the rotation.