Trying to read the smoke signals coming out of New Orleans, but several signs are pointing to John Koronka as the Marlins' starter in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Koronka's name was conspicuously absent from the list of upcoming probables posted inside the Zephyrs clubhouse on Saturday. Where his name should have been listed, next to Monday's game in Albuquerque, was a "TBA" -- to be announced. And Daniel Barone, who is the other logical candidate for that start in Milwaukee, IS listed as Tuesday's starter for New Orleans.
Not that those things can't change, and the Marlins could always turn to Burke Badenhop or Hayden Penn, but.....
Koronka made a good impression on the Marlins during spring training when he pitched out of the bullpen, but he has been particuarly impressive in his last two outings -- both starts -- at Triple A. He went five innings without allowing a run on May 1 to earn the win, and did the same in his May 6 start -- 5 innings, no runs, and only three hits.
Koronka, a lefty, is 28, made 23 starts for the Texas Rangers in 2006 (7-7, 5.69 ERA), and shouldn't be rattled by a call-up assignment.