Rosters and schedules

The Marlins optioned a few more players to New Orleans early Friday, including one familiar face in outfielder Jai Miller, who finished tied for second on last year’s Zephyrs club with a .289 batting average in 102 games.

Also joining the Z’s are pitchers Taylor Tankersley and Cristhian Martinez and outfielder Scott Cousins.

Tankersley missed all of last season with an elbow injury, but saw success with the Marlins in 2006 and 2007, combining to go 8-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 116 games. He’ll be a lefty in the Zephyrs bullpen, which also includes Brett Sinkbeil and Jay Buente so far.

Martinez was the Marlins’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, going 9-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 17 games with Double-A Jacksonville, and made 15 relief appearances with the Marlins. Although he made all four of his spring outings out of the bullpen (one save, 5.06 ERA), he is expected to join Sean West and Ryan Tucker in the Z’s rotation.

Cousins is coming off a solid season with Jacksonville, leading the Southern League with 11 triples and ranking third with 54 extra-base hits, and figures to start alongside Miller in the Z’s outfield. Cousins is ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the Marlins system by Baseball America, and was tabbed as the organization’s “Best Defensive Outfielder.”

Down in Jupiter, the Marlins face the St. Louis Cardinals today in a game televised live on MLB Network. Meanwhile, the Z’s saw their first spring action as a unit yesterday, dropping a 6-5 game to Memphis. Some of the game’s participants who saw action with the Zephyrs last season include Ryan Klosterman, who led off and played shortstop, third baseman Lee Mitchell, catcher Neil Wilson, and pitchers Jarrett Santos, Brad Stone, Chris Mobley and Matt DeSalvo. The Z’s head to St. Lucie today to face the Mets’ Triple-A squad.

And finally, back here at home, most of the staff will be out of the office blanketing the town with pocket schedules. They come folded this year, so look for this when you’re out shopping or at a restaurant:

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