West, Sanabia to see starts early in spring

West, Sanabia to see starts early in spring

West, Sanabia to see starts early in spring
JUPITER, Fla. -- After nearly two weeks of drills, the Marlins are getting ready for some games. Their early rotation also is set.

Josh Johnson gets the nod in Monday's Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the team has split-squad days.

Mark Buehrle will face the University of Miami on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, the team's first game at the new stadium. During the day, Alex Sanabia will start against the Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium.

On Wednesday, Ricky Nolasco will face Florida International University at Marlins Park. In the day game vs. the Mets in Jupiter, Sean West will start.

Carlos Zambrano is lined up to start on Thursday at Port St. Lucie in a second straight meeting with the Mets. And Anibal Sanchez is tentatively set to go on Friday against the Nationals.

Sanchez, however, is dealing with right shoulder soreness, and his start is subject to change.

This is a big Spring Training for West, who is out of options. The 6-foot-8 lefty has dealt with injuries and inconsistencies. He has to make the club or risk being traded or released.

West threw a very impressive live batting-practice session on Friday.

"I'm just trying to stay motivated and forget about the obvious," West said, referring to his past struggles. "It seems like they've got the starters locked up. I'm going to keeping doing what I do and try to make their decision tough."

West could make the club as a long reliever, assuming a rotation spot isn't available.

"He's been throwing the ball very well," pitching coach Randy St. Claire said. "He's doing what he needs to do. He's executing his pitches, command-wise.

"When I took this job three years ago, they said there were two openings. They sent me all the videos. I watched him throw. I said, 'There aren't two openings for me. There's only one. He's got to be the No. 4 guy.' I can't believe you've got better guys than this guy."

West knows he has to prove he belongs now.