SAN DIEGO — Since the offseason, the Miami Marlins have emphasized surrounding their young, talented core with established veterans.
One of those seasoned players, right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol, was designated for assignment following another rough performance during Saturday night’s 9-3 loss the San Diego Padres.
Marmol allowed four two-out runs, including a three-run homer to Chase Headley, during the sixth inning with the game tied at 2.
Following consecutive outs to open the frame, Everth Cabrera reached on a bunt hit and Marmol intentionally walked Seth Smith. Jedd Gyorko produced an RBI single before Headley connected on a 93 mph fastball.
"His delivery had calmed down, his lines were more on line, he was working at the plate," said president of baseball operations Michael Hill, who kept tabs of Marmol’s winter ball outings in the Dominican Republic. "We saw that early in spring training, and I don’t know if the competition got to him but he reverted back to the same guy — falling off, a lot of effort, missing arm sign, pitches elevating. You saw the results."
The 31-year-old, who signed a one-year deal worth $1.25 million before spring training, posted an 0-3 record and 8.10 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. He struck out 14 batters and walked 10.
Marmol opened the season with 10 of 11 scoreless appearances, but gave up multiple runs in three of his past four outings. A runner reached in 12 of his 15 games.
After losing late-inning relievers Chad Qualls and Ryan Webb over the offseason, the Marlins agreed to a contract with the nine-year veteran with 117 career saves.
"I feel 100 percent," Marmol told reporters on Saturday. "It didn’t work out good."
Miami selected the contract of righty Henry Rodriguez, who went 0-0 with a save and 3.26 ERA in 12 appearances with Triple-A New Orleans. Over 19 1/3 frames, he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits with 37 strikeouts and 23 walks.
A non-roster invitee entering the spring, Rodriguez struck out 14 batters and gave up six runs in nine Grapefruit League innings. The 27-year-old is 5-7 with a 4.24 ERA over parts of five major-league seasons with the A’s, Nationals and Cubs.
"It’s unfortunate because he’s a great guy, and I thought it was a good mix makeup-wise for our club, but you’ve got to do your job," Hill said of Marmol. "We weren’t asking him to pitch high-leverage situations. We were trying to get us through a game without having to get somebody else up when we were either up or down. We’ll move on to Henry, and hopefully Henry’ll do the job and we’ll be good."