Sean West is headed back to Double A Jacksonville after another rough outing Saturday in Arizona. The Marlins opened the young lefty following the 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Since the Marlins don't need a fifth starter until July 20, they are expected to call up a reliever in time for Sunday's series finale in Arizona. Newly acquired reliever Luis Ayala would seem to be a logical candidate for that spot. Ayala has made three relief appearances at Triple A New Orleans since signing a minor-league contract and has given up just one hit.
Look for Rick VandenHurk to take over the fifth rotation spot once it becomes necessary. VandenHurk is 4-1 with a 2.96 ERA in eight starts for New Orleans.
As for West, manager Fredi Gonzalez said the young hurler needed more seasoning in the minors and, specifically, in developing his secondary pitches. Gonzalez and West agreed that relying on a fastball wasn't cutting it at the big-league level.