A night after watching their bullpen implode in a loss to the Braves, the Marlins dipped into their minor league system Thursday afternoon to bring in some fresh blood.
Former first round pick Taylor Tankersley, a left-hander who pitched for the Marlins in 2008, and right-hander Jay Buente were called up from Triple A New Orleans to replace Renyel Pinto, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip strain, and the struggling Burke Badenhop, who started the bullpen's six run, seventh inning Wednesday and fell to 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA.
The Hopper's demotion was inevitable considering how much he struggled this month. His sinker and slider simply weren't working the way it was in April when he had a 3.65 ERA and was still getting big outs. Badenhop posted a 10.38 ERA in eight appearances this month.
Pinto's loss might be celebrated by more than a few fans in the streets here in Miami. But aside from making things dramatic by walking and hitting a few guys this season, Pinto's numbers actually aren't bad. He had an 2.30 ERA in 19 appearances, 15 2/3 innings.
Tankersley was 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 20 games for the Zephyrs with 17 strikeouts and six walks. He was with the Marlins for 25 games two seasons ago and was 0-1 with a 8.15 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He missed all of the 2009 season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left elbow.
This is the first big league appearance, meanwhile, for Buente, a 26-year old former 14th round pick out of Purdue in the 2006 draft. He spent most of his fourth pro season last year between Double A Jacksonville and New Orleans, going 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA. He was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 19 games in Triple A before this.
Utility man Mike Lamb, meanwhile, was also recalled from New Orleans to take the spot of outfield Bryan Peterson, who was sent down to Triple A Wednesday. Peterson was 1 for 16 in mostly pinch-hit appearances for the Marlins. Lamb was hitting .250 in 13 games for the Zephyrs. He was hitting .222 with only 3 RBI in 18 games when the Marlins first sent him down earlier this month.
We'll have more once the clubhouse opens.
> Today's lineup: 1. Chris Coghlan LF, 2. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 3. Hanley Ramirez SS, 4. Jorge Cantu 3B, 5. Dan Uggla 2B, 6. Cody Ross RF, 7. Ronny Paulino C, 8. Cameron Maybin CF, 9. Ricky Nolasco P.