After dropping seven of their last eight games and falling to 8-13 on the season, the Marlins have decided to shake things up in the clubhouse a little.
Following Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Diamondbacks the team announced it was optioning reliever Mike Dunn (9.53 ERA in eight appearances) and outfielder Chris Coghlan, hitting .118 in 34 at-bats mostly off the bench, to New Orleans. Outfielder Bryan Petersen and left-hander Dan Jennings have been recalled from Triple A to replace them.
Coghlan, who won the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Award, took the news well.
"I had to deal with this last year for the first time and it was a lot tougher," Coghlan said. "It's tough because this is where I want to be and I know I can play, but it's going to be good for me in the long run because I get to go down and play everyday and you never know what can happen."
Petersen was hitting .316 with eight RBI in 22 games with the Zephyrs and has a career .246 average in 97 games in the big leagues.
Jennings, who spent most of last season in Triple A and has never pitched in the big leagues, has posted a 2.08 ERA in nine appearances over 8 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks with New Orleans this season.
"What I learned last year was when you start losing, there's a lot of guys jobs that become in jeopardy," Coghlan said. "It's a cut throat business. You have to make adjustments and they thought I was an opportunity for someone else."