The Marlins promoted right-hander Anthony DeSclafani Sunday, less than 12 hours after Miami manager Mike Redmond hinted at brining up an extra arm to help a “thin bullpen.”
The 24-year-old had started five games for Miami before a June demotion, posting a 1-2 record with a 7.40 ERA. He had given up four runs in 17 innings across three appearances for Triple A New Orleans since then.
President of baseball operations Mike Hill had previously said the organization preferred to let DeSclafani get “more seasoning” in the minors should he need it.
But with Brad Hand on the mound Sunday and Jacob Turner slated to start Tuesday, Redmond said he wanted a pitcher capable of logging a long relief outing in case one or both of those starters cannot go deep. He added that Sam Dyson would likely not be available for a couple games after throwing 70 pitches in Saturday’s 5-3 loss.
Infielder Ed Lucas was optioned down to New Orleans to make room for DeSclafani, leaving Redmond a position player short on the bench. Lucas was batting .239.
“It’s not perfect; it’s not ideal,” Redmond said. “We’re going to play short a position player which is not a perfect scenario either, but we need a pitcher.”
Redmond has called on seven relievers in the Marlins' two games since the All-Star Break. Dan Jennings and Chris Hatcher pitched in each game. The bullpen has been called frequently because Nathan Eovaldi only lasted four innings Friday and Henderson Alvarez was hurt midway through the third inning Saturday.
Before Sunday’s game, Redmond said he expects Alvarez to make his next start but will know more in the coming days.
So far, the bullpen has largely been up to the task, surrendering four runs in over 11 innings of work. A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris, and Hatcher have all logged perfect innings against the Giants heading into Sunday’s series finale.
VALDESPIN IN LINEUP AGAIN
For the second straight game since being promoted Saturday morning, Jordany Valdespin started at second base and hit second Sunday.
The 26-year-old started 25 games for the Mets last year before being signed by Miami this offseason. He singled in his first Marlins at-bat.
“I’m happy for me and my family,” Valdespin said of his promotion. “I want to do my job everyday in the lineup or as a pinch-hitter and help this team.”
TURNER DISCUSSES STARTING
Jacob Turner said he was excited about returning to the rotation following nine starts earlier in the season, during which he posted a 6.38 ERA.
“I obviously had some struggles in the beginning of the year in the rotation so I’m looking forward to getting back out there,” he said Sunday, talking for the first time since Redmond announced Turner would start Tuesday. “Though my numbers don’t always reflect it, there have been times when I’ve thrown the ball really well.”
Turner appeared eight times as a reliever, logging a 5.74 ERA. He said he’s been working on attacking the strike zone and limiting walks since his last start June 11.
“Going after hitters is the biggest thing,” he said.
> Marlins (44-52): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Jordany Valdespin 2B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Garrett Jones 1B, 6. Marcell Ozuna CF, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Jeff Mathis C, 9. Brand Hand LHP.
> Giants (54-43): 1. Hunter Pence RF, 2. Marco Scutaro 2B, 3. Buster Posey 1B, 4. Pablo Sandoval 3B, 5. Michael Morse LF, 6. Hector Sanchez C, 7. Joaquin Arias SS, 8. Gregor Blanco CF, 9. Tim Lincecum RHP.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.99 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Julio Teheran (9-6, 2.71), 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (2-6, 6.22 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves LHP Mike Minor (3-5, 4.86, 7:10 p.m., Turner Field.