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Zambrano sent to bullpen

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM
ATLANTA -

The Miami Marlins have moved Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday that left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who has worked only in relief this season, will take Zambrano's spot in the rotation on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves.

Zambrano allowed two inherited runners to score in his first relief appearance Monday night against the Braves. He entered the game in the fifth inning with one out and runners on second and third and the Braves leading 4-1.

Zambrano struck out Paul Janish before giving up a two-run single to pinch hitter Juan Francisco. He then struck out Michael Bourn to end the inning.

LeBlanc is 1-1 with a 1.15 ERA. He was 17-21 with a 4.47 ERA in 52 career starts the past four years with San Diego.

Zambrano is 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA. He has a 6.91 ERA in his last three starts.

Zambrano, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.05 ERA in 37 career appearances as a reliever.

He has a career 3.63 ERA as a starter, but posted a career-worst 4.82 ERA with the Cubs last season and has lacked consistency with the Marlins.

DIAMONDBACKS: Arizona designated veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment to free up a roster spot for third baseman Chris Johnson.

ORIOLES: Designated hitter Jim Thome is headed back to Baltimore to have tests on his sore neck.

Thome said he will have an MRI today because the spasms in his neck aren't subsiding. He said he is having the scan to make sure there is nothing structurally wrong.

PADRES: San Diego put left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his right knee.

The Padres replaced him by calling up right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson.

RANGERS: Texas activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock.

WHITE SOX: Reliever Hector Santiago was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

The move made room on the roster for Francisco Liriano, acquired by the White Sox in a trade with Minnesota on Saturday.

LEGAL: A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic said 1990 World Series MVP Jose Rijo has been charged with laundering money for a suspected drug trafficker.

Prosecutor Soraime Vargas said about 80 percent of the assets of fugitive drug suspect Avelino Castro were in Rijo's name. Those assets allegedly include two hotels and a sports complex.

Rijo, 47, led the Cincinnati Reds to the 1990 World Series championship.

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