It's the Hopper.
The Marlins recalled Burke Badenhop from Triple A New Orleans son Tuesday to replace Andrew Miller, who went on the 15-day disabled list after Monday’s start with a strained right oblique.
Badenhop will pitch out of the bullpen and may or may not be the guy who replaces Miller in the rotation when Miller’s turn comes up on Sunday.
“We have someone in mind (for the Sunday start),’’ said Larry Beinfest, the Marlins president of baseball operations. “But we probably won’t make that move (until later in the week).’’
Beinfest said he wasn’t working the phones to find a starter, and that the pitcher would come from within the organization.
The Marlins have few options for a spot starter, but Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday whoever the pitcher is will probably make two or three starts until Miller returns. Gonzalez all but ruled out Hayden Penn, because Penn “hasn’t gone more then four innings since spring training,’’ Gonzalez said.
Miller was examined by a doctor Tuesday, and Gonzalez said it was “minor,’’ and he expected Miller to return after 15 days.
Badenhop broke camp last season as the No. 5 starter, and also pitched in relief last season for the Marlins. He went 2-3 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 games, including eight as a starter. He was much better in relief last season, going 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in five relief stints.
Badenhop had a 4.09 ERA this spring and was a starter at New Orleans, where he made went 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts covering 9 2/3 innings.
“I’m going to be in the bullpen (Tuesday night) and from there who knows,’’ said Badenhop, who was scheduled to start for New Orleans Tuesday.
“I was all packed for the trip to Round Rock (Texas),’’ he said. “Hopefully, I’ll never have to go to Round Rock.’’
He knows what is expected.
“To throw strikes, and being on top of the ball,’’ Badenhop said. “Just being simple.’’
Badenhop lives on his sinker, which induces groundballs.
“My sinker has been all right,’’ he said. “I like the big league balls better than the minor league balls. They are different. The have a different feel and the seams are smaller. And they tend to be in better condition. You don’t know where those minor league balls have been.’’