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Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Chad Bentz promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque

JUNEAU - The Florida Marlins promoted left-handed relief pitcher Chad Bentz of Juneau to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday, and Bentz responded with a perfect debut for his new team.

Bentz, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, who was born with a malformed right hand that forces him to use his left hand to both pitch and field, spent most of the 2004 season as a major league rookie with the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals). He was sent back to the minors late in the season to develop a slider, then was released by the Nationals over the winter.

This year he started the season with Florida's Double-A Carolina Mudcats after being invited to the Marlins' major league camp during spring training. He posted a 1-0 record with a 1.29 ERA for the Mudcats, allowing one earned run in seven innings pitched with six hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Bentz just came off a brief stint on the disabled list earlier this month.

After getting his promotion Monday morning, Bentz flew to New Mexico and played that night in Albuquerque's 3-2 Pacific Coast League victory over the Tacoma Rainiers. Bentz pitched one inning, striking out the side in the eighth.

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