West outrighted, LeBlanc impresses

The Marlins placed left-handed pitcher Sean West on waivers after a rocky spring training debut last week, and it was announced today that West cleared waivers and had been outrighted to New Orleans.

West has struggled to stay healthy since a solid 20-start rookie season with the Marlins in 2009. The Shreveport native made 13 starts between New Orleans and Florida in 2010, and was limited to 17 starts with the Zephyrs last season between two trips to the disabled list.

The Marlins upped their spring record to 6-3 today with a 4-2 victory over the Rays. Wade LeBlanc continues to impress in his bid for a big league job, firing four shutout innings and retiring all 12 batters he faced. The lefty from Lake Charles has now surrendered just one hit over 10 1/3 scoreless frames, with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Non-roster invitee Austin Kearns improved his chances of landing a reserve role on the 25-man roster, going 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park, three-run home run off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson. Kearns is 6-for-15 this spring, as he battles Chris Coghlan (1-for-6), Scott Cousins (5-for-16), Bryan Petersen (5-for-18) and Aaron Rowand (1-for-20) for a job as a backup outfielder.

The Zephyrs get their spring schedule underway tomorrow, taking on the Memphis Redbirds at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter.

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