Marlins release Mitre; he's expected to miss at least half of 2009 after surgery

MIAMI -- Right-hander Sergio Mitre, recovering from elbow surgery, was released Monday by the Florida Marlins.

Mitre underwent Tommy John surgery July 15, missed the entire 2008 season and is not expected to return until midseason next year at the earliest.

Mitre went 5-8 with a 4.65 ERA in a career-high 27 starts for Florida last year.