JUPITER, Fla. -- The walk was the sticking point on Sunday for Junichi Tazawa, but the telling pitch for the Marlins' right-hander against the Cardinals was his forkball. Twice the 30-year-old executed the pitch for strikeouts in a scoreless third inning of Sunday's 7-4 loss at Roger Dean Stadium.
Tazawa was a significant free-agent signing for the Marlins, and the veteran adds depth in the late innings. His forkball also offers a different look to hitters.
"I'd say the bullpen would be our biggest depth area in the organization," manager Don Mattingly said, "where you're looking at guys coming that you think have a chance to become legitimate, quality big league arms. Possibly, seventh-, eighth- and ninth-innings guys. I would say that is the strength of our organization right now."
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