SAN FRANCISCO -- Jay Buente's stint in the Marlins rotation won't include one more start after all.
The 27-year old right-hander, who lasted just three innings against the Rays Sunday, was designated for assignment Tuesday and replaced by right-handed reliever Steve Cishek, who was recalled from Triple A New Orleans.
Buente was 3-0 with a Pacific Coast-leading 1.94 ERA when he was called up to replace Josh Johnson (on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation). After Sunday's 4-0 loss, manager Edwin Rodriguez said Buente would get at least one more start -- Saturday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Now, it looks like Burke Badenhop will go Saturday instead.
We're expecting to hear more on Johnson and his potential return later today. But the fact Buente was designated for assignment so quickly is likely a sign he'll be ready to pitch when he comes off the disabled list June 1.
As for Cishek, he was called up for one day earlier this season (May 10) when Javi Vazquez went on the bereavement list. Cishek didn't pitch for the Marlins and is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 15 appearances for New Orleans this season.
Badenhop is 2-3 with a 6.95 ERA in 10 career major league starts.
> Down in Jupiter Monday night, the Hammerheads (the Marlins Single A affiliate) played a 23-inning game and won beating Clearwater 2-1.
In a game that saw each team use eight pitchers, the Roger Dean Stadium scoreboard had to be reset twice, the grounds crew dragged the infield four times and the crowd stretched their legs and sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" three times.
Jose Duarte had the game-winning hit, scoring J.L. Ortiz on a fly ball down the right field line. Both catchers caught all 23 innings.