MIAMI — In need of an extra arm, the Miami Marlins recalled right-hander Anthony DeSclafani from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned utility player Ed Lucas to the Zephyrs prior to Sunday’s series finale against the San Francisco Giants.
During the second half’s first two games, Miami’s No. 1 and No. 2 starters went a combined 6 2/3 innings. On Saturday, righty Sam Dyson came on in long relief of All-Star Henderson Alvarez when he exited with a left shin contusion after just 2 2/3 frames. Dyson threw 70 pitches to get through 3 1/3.
"We needed a long guy and we needed a guy who could pitch multiple innings in case something happens today where Brad (Hand) doesn’t get deep in the game," manager Mike Redmond said. "We had to use all those guys (in the bullpen) the first two games of the series, which we weren’t anticipating. …
"Right now Dyson — as many pitches as he threw — he may be down for a couple of days at least. We’ll see with the next three guys coming up. We’re hoping they get deep into games, but we’re not sure. We want to make sure we covered ourselves with a long guy otherwise we’re using six guys to finish the game."
DeSclafani was sent down June 28 after another poor start during his second stint in the majors. In five outings, he went 1-2 with a 7.40 ERA. In 24 1/3 frames, he allowed 20 runs on 31 hits with 17 strikeouts and five walks. In his major-league debut in Los Angeles May 14, the 24-year-old gave up just two runs over six innings for the win. After that, DeSclafani permitted 18 runs over 18 1/3 innings.
Since his return to the minors, DeSclafani has surrendered just four runs in 17 innings over three starts.
"We need him to eat up innings if that scenario happens," Redmond said. "We know he’s got good stuff — quality stuff — he knows that. When he gets in there we need him to throw strikes and eat innings."
Southpaw Brad Hand (0-2, 5.26 ERA) was set to pitch Sunday and righty Jacob Turner (2-6, 6.22 ERA) on Tuesday. Neither has shown consistency as a starter, with the latter rejoining the rotation after losing his spot in June.
Miami needed help if neither can go deep in their starts. The bullpen ranks second in the big leagues with 316 1/3 innings pitched.
With Donovan Solano and Jordany Valdespin on the 25-man roster, it was an easy decision to make a move to help taxed relievers. Valdespin will start most games at second. Solano will be used in the utility role.
Lucas is batting .239 with a homer and seven RBI in 51 games. He is 1 for his past 11 with a run, five strikeouts and one walk.
"We’re thin," Redmond said. "It’s not perfect, it’s not ideal. Obviously we lose a position player, so we’re going to play short a position player, which is not a perfect scenario either. But we need a pitcher."