MIAMI (AP) -- Manager Ozzie Guillen says the Miami Marlins' demotion of outfielder Bryan Petersen to Triple-A New Orleans sends a message to several other struggling hitters.
Petersen, batting .212, was sent down to make room for outfielder Austin Kearns, who was activated from the disabled list. The front office met for 45 minutes to consider several candidates for demotion before Petersen was chosen, Guillen said.
The Marlins also sent left-hander Dan Jennings to New Orleans and recalled right-hander Sandy Rosario.
The moves came after the Marlins were swept in their new ballpark for the first time and outscored in three games against Atlanta 21-3. Miami went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position in the series finale Thursday.