Turning heads

The first news regarding the 2010 Zephyrs has come out of spring training, as the Marlins have optioned right-handed pitcher Ryan Tucker to New Orleans. Tucker missed almost the entire 2009 season with the Z’s due to injury, so this will be his first real look at Triple-A.

It was revealed earlier this week that Tucker deals with Raynaud’s Syndrome, a condition that impairs blood flow to his extremities. As a result, in chilly weather, Tucker has trouble getting a good grip on the baseball because his hands cannot warm up. For his sake, let’s hope the weather continues to warm up as we approach Opening Day.

The biggest news out of Marlins camp has been the play of top prospect Mike Stanton, who is making a push for a roster spot. The Marlins aren’t overflowing with depth in the outfield, and nagging injuries to Cameron Maybin and Cody Ross might have opened the door for the 20-year-old phenom. Other outfield possibilities include Brett Carroll, who has four hits in 14 at-bats, all of them for extra bases (two doubles, two homers) and Jai Miller, who is 3-for-15.

Andrew Miller, one of the half-dozen candidates for the starting rotation, gets his first start today as the Fish travel to the west coast of Florida to face the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota.

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