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Marlins option Gwinnett's Green to the minors

The Miami Marlins won't be Nick Green's eighth major league team -- at least not at the beginning of the season.

The veteran infielder from Duluth was sent down to minor league camp by the Marlins on Thursday and is ticketed for New Orleans in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

Green signed a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, but hit .190 (4-for-21) in 15 Grapefruit League games. The lone highlight was a ninth-inning RBI double to put the Marlins ahead in a tie game with the Braves on March 22.

The 33-year-old utility man broke into the majors with Atlanta in 2004 and has also played with Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees, Seattle, Boston, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto.

Green spent all last season in Class AAA, playing at Norfolk in the International League for Baltimore and at Round Rock in the PCL for Texas.

The regular shortstop for Boston in 2009, Green has a .237 career average in 392 major league games. The Marlins are his 13th organization.

Green is slated be a teammate at New Orleans of another former Brave from Gwinnett County. Parkview grad Clint Sammons is in his second year with the Marlins organization after signing as a minor league free agent. The 28-year-old catcher missed most of last season with a knee injury.