Marlins release Michael Wuertz

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami has cut bait with their first round of NRIs, reassigning most to minor-league affiliates but releasing veteran right-hander Wuertz outright.

Right-hander Michael Wuertz's slim chances of making the Miami Marlins' bullpen are now nil as he has been released by the club, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Wuertz, 34, was inked to a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invite in January. His chances of making the Marlins' bullpen weren't great, as he battled with injuries all of 2012 and posted a not-so-great 6.68 ERA in 33⅔ innings the year before, but with Miami's thin overall roster it seemed like he might have a shot.

The right-hander appeared in just one game this spring -- working a scoreless inning -- which was apparently enough for Miami to know that he didn't have a future with the club.

Several other Marlins are leaving big-league camp along with the veteran right-hander -- including left-handers Scott Maine and Adam Conley -- but Wuertz is the only player not to be reassigned to a minor-league affiliate.

There's still a chance that Wuertz latches on to another club on a minor-league deal, considering he owns a career 3.71 ERA and 9.6 K/9 rate over 414⅓ innings in eight seasons with the Cubs and Athletics, but it's not a sure thing.

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