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Miami Marlins morning news: David Phelps solid in victory over Nationals

Phelps threw three shutout innings in the Marlins' 4-0 victory over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon. Plus links on Mat Latos and the Marlins' pursuit of Hector Olivera.

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Marlins News

When the Marlins acquired David Phelps in the Martin Prado deal with the Yankees, the club was confident it would be able to find a role for him. Phelps has seen time as a starter this spring, and the Marlins may consider using him as a long reliever if continues to have success.

Phelps finds himself in a similar situation to when he was with New York -- unsure if he will start or relieve. He is in a battle with Tom Koehler and Brad Hand for the fifth rotation spot.

Marcell Ozuna is a member of one of the better outfields in baseball, and posted three RBIs on Saturday afternoon. Ozuna is looking to prove he can be consistent at the plate heading into 2015.

Adeiny Hechavarria has proven he can make notable defensive plays at shortstop. But the Marlins are confident he can improve offensively in 2015, and feel he is a notable basestealing threat at the top of the lineup.

Derek Dietrich was hit in the upper shoulder by a Mat Thornton fastball on Saturday afternoon but subsequently remained in the game. Dietrich is hoping to win a spot on the Marlins' bench this spring.

D-Train called it a career earlier this week, initially thriving with the Marlins in 2003. Willis was consistently bothered by a neck injury before opting to retire.

Nick Masset wants to win a bullpen spot, and a solid curveball may help him do just that.

Miami wants to ensure its prospects receive consistent playing time, and as a result made a handful of roster moves on Sunday morning. Jose Urena and Nick Wittgren are among the players who were reassigned to minor league camp.

Mat Latos pitched well in his Marlins debut after missing his first scheduled start. Latos is expected to break camp as the Marlins' second starter.

What could be expected of Michael Morse in 2015?

Around the League

Josh Edgin is officially going to have Tommy John surgery. He was the Mets' primary left-handed relief option, and New York chose not to sign a veteran lefty reliever because of its confidence in him.

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez should return to the Tigers' lineup soon. Both ran on flat ground this week.

Will Ferrell. Cactus League Tour. Must see.

Several starters are looking to make one final statement in 2015. Barry Zito is among them.

At Fish Stripes

-2015 Miami Marlins Season Preview: Position players overview - Fish Stripes

After going over all of the position players expected to get time on the Marlins, we can add up the totals and see how the Fish fared.

-Miami Marlins prospects: Who can help this season? - Fish Stripes

Who are the Top five prospects ready to help the Fish this season, and what value could they add?

-Miami Marlins morning news: Adeiny Hechavarria back in lineup - Fish Stripes

Hechavarria returned Thursday after suffering from a sore shoulder. Plus links on Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Michael Morse.

-2015 Miami Marlins Season Preview: Mat Latos - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins acquired Mat Latos to provide another front-line starter to the rotation. How well will he play in 2015?

-Miami Marlins made 7-year, $53 million offer to Hector Olivera - Fish Stripes

Olivera recenty switched agents, but is still seeing a notably large contract.