FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Rick VandenHurk was so efficient Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, he pitched in the bullpen afterward to round out a performance in which he erased the only players he allowed to reach base.
Vying for the fifth spot in the rotation, VandenHurk allowed one hit and a walk. Neither runner advanced, though, because of the right-hander's slick move to first base.
"I just tried to hold them close to the bag and not give them a free base," VandenHurk said. "Luckily I got one; that doesn't happen a lot."
After throwing 33 pitches and lowering his ERA to 1.80, he moved to the bullpen and threw the equivalent of another inning.
"Just to extend a little bit, try to get my arm ready for more innings," VandenHurk said. "Try to build it up so next outing I can go longer."
The 22-year-old VandenHurk went 4-6 with a 6.83 ERA in 18 games as a rookie with the Marlins last season. His success made him somewhat of a sensation in the Netherlands, where he was born and spends the offseason.
"It was pretty crazy, a lot of fun," he said. "There was a lot of media attention, I did a lot of TV stuff, radio stuff, newspapers, magazines. It was a good thing to promote baseball. It's getting a lot bigger there and I'm happy about that."
Trachsel allowed five hits, two runs and a walk in three innings. He's had two starts this spring, both against a Marlins split squad, and he expressed a desire to face someone different the next time around.
"Maybe a team where I've actually heard of more than three guys in the lineup," he said.