CINCINNATI -- John Maine whiffed the last two Cincinnati Reds hitters he faced Thursday night with called third strikes. In the end, it did him little good. Maine was designated for assignment on Friday as the 31-year-old's comeback bid didn't pan out, at least not with the Marlins, who called up right-hander Tom Koehler from Triple A New Orleans to take his place.
Taking over for Jose Fernandez in Thursday's 11-1 drubbing, Maine gave up six runs on four hits and five walks in only two innings of mop-up work. That further bloated his unsightly WHIP figure in four games this season to 2.727.
Koehler takes Maine's roster spot, and it's unclear for now what plans the Marlins have for him. Most likely he'll start out in the bullpen. But, given the fact he's been starting for the Zephyrs and made his last start on Sunday, he could be in line to take Wade LeBlanc's spot in the Marlins' rotation if the left-hander continues to flounder. LeBlanc is scheduled to start Saturday here in Cincinnati.
Joe Mahoney, fresh off the DL, will make his first start for the Marlins tonight and bat cleanup behind Giancarlo Stanton.
Here's the lineup: 1. Pierre, lf; 2. Polanco, 3b; 3. Stanton, rf; 4. Mahoney, 1b; 5. Ruggiano, cf; 6. Brantly, c; 7. Green, ss; 8. Solano, 2b; 9. Slowey.