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Not much intrigue in sending Hopper to the pen

The Marlins decided Friday night to make the move to bring up Ryan Tucker and start him Sunday against the Reds.

It appeared as if it was a dramatic last-minute decision, because Burke Badenhop was scheduled to start Sunday’s game, and the Marlins made no announcement of any change.

That’s why it was a surprise to see Badenhop come out of the bullpen to pitch the ninth inning Saturday night. After Saturday’s game, the Marlins announced they were bringing up Tucker to pitch Sunday.

But the decision was made after Friday’s l1-3 loss to the Reds. That’s when the Marlins decided to go back to 13 pitchers and call up Tucker.

They told Badenhop Saturday afternoon (about 2:30 p.m.) that he would be in the bullpen and not be starting Sunday.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would stay with 13 pitchers, which means the Marlins have one less bat on the bench, through the interleague games on the road.

The Marlins have a nine-game road trip (June 13 through June 22) through Tampa Bay, Seattle and Oakland in which they will use a designated hitter. Gonzalez won’t have to worry about using his bench to pinch-hit for his pitcher so he can have an extra pitcher in his tired and over-worked bullpen.