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DeSclafani optioned to Triple A, Wolf to start Sunday; Salty says ankle is fine

The Marlins announced after Wednesday's 14-5 win over the Phillies they are optioning right-hander Anthony DeSclafani back to Triple A New Orleans and starting 37-year old veteran left-hander Randy Wolf on Sunday against the Brewers.

DeSclafani lost his last start Tuesday against the Phillies after winning his opener at Los Angeles.

Wolf, signed after Jose Fernandez was lost for the season, has undergone two Tommy John surgeries himself and hasn't started in the big leagues since he went 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA with the Brewers in 2012.

"It's a role that definitely is contingent upon my performance," said Wolf, who picked up a three-inning save in DeSclafani's first start and has pitched five innings of relief total for the Marlins. "It's exciting to get that opportunity and get out there and pitch. All I can do is prepare and get out there and do my best.

"It's only five innings but I felt pretty good in those five innings. The biggest thing with me is just the physical part of it. I've felt really good physically and kind of feel like I've gotten stronger with each start. I feel like I'm healthy I'll give the team a chance to win."

The Marlins will announce a corresponding move for DeSclafani's spot Thursday. 


Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia left Wednesday's game after injuring his left ankle running the bases in the eighth inning. But the catcher, who had precautionary x-rays performed after the game, said he feels fine.

"I just jammed it a little bit. Nothing serious," Saltalamacchia said ."It's all [Garrett] Jones' fault for not running. A big 18-wheeler -- you can't stop it on a dime like that.

"I told them it's nothing. It feels fine. I could have finished the game."

Saltalamacchia said the Wednesday's win was big for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who battled through six innings and gave up 10 hits and three runs (one earned).

"It's huge for Nate," Saltalamacchia said. "He's had a couple outings where he's felt really good, but struggled with fastball command. Tonight that was  excellent. He had fastball command, downward angle. We were able to get ahead of guys, which made the off-speed stuff get better. I thought he grew a lot tonight, got to see how good he really is."