Petersen optioned, Rowand released

The Marlins appear to have made their choices in the competition among outfielders for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

A week after Scott Cousins was optioned to New Orleans, Bryan Petersen was sent to the Zephyrs on Thursday and veteran Aaron Rowand was released, leaving Chris Coghlan and Austin Kearns as the reserve outfielders. Coghlan will provide a left-handed bat off the bench, while Kearns does the same from the right.

Petersen hit .250 (11-for-44) in the spring, while Rowand, who is owed $12 million by the San Francisco Giants whether he plays this season or not, had hit just .128 (6-for-47).

The Zephyrs appear to have their regular outfield set: Petersen in left, Cousins in right, and Kevin Mattison in center. Chris Aguila and Jorge Padilla are the veteran outfield options.

Miami is still deciding on whether to keep Donnie Murphy or Donovan Solano as their utility infielder. Solano has impressed Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen throughout the spring with his solid play and is hitting a team-leading .389, but the 24-year-old has never played in the Majors and is a non-roster invitee. The veteran Murphy has been with the big club in parts of the last two seasons despite battling injuries, and is already on the 40-man roster, but has hit just .222 this spring.

In other roster moves Thursday, the Marlins reassigned pitcher J.D. Martin and infielder Nick Green to minor league camp. Both could begin the season in New Orleans.

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