MIAMI — With right-hander Henderson Alvarez scheduled to start Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Miami Marlins optioned rookie righty Anthony DeSclafani to Triple-A New Orleans following Friday’s 3-2 loss.
DeSclafani, who started his first five big-league appearances, notched two scoreless relief appearances since being recalled Aug. 8.
Over 26 1/3 innings this season, he is 1-2 with a 6.84 ERA. Last Sunday in Cincinnati, he struck out two and allowed a hit in the eighth. DeSclafani shut out the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in a perfect ninth with a strikeout.
"It’s been a little while," DeSclafani said early Friday. "I did this relieving stuff in college (at Florida). I think I’m just an extra arm whenever they need a couple of innings. It’s August now. It’s not always easy sitting for a couple days in a row. You never know. It’s weird going back out there but I try to stay in the best shape I can."
Of late, DeSclafani would throw in the bullpen at the end of games. Each day, he would toss off flat ground after a throwing program to stay sharp. During his third stint with the club from July 20-25, he didn’t get in a game.
The 24-year-old, like many of his fellow pitchers, is reaching his career high in innings pitched. Between Double-A Jacksonville, the Zephyrs and the big leagues, DeSclafani has thrown 116 innings — 13 shy of his total last season.
"I’m not quite sure what my role is right now," DeSclafani said. "Whenever they need me. I’m definitely glad to be up here in the middle of everything. I don’t know what their plan is. We’re still in the middle of it. Hopefully I’m a guy they would consider calling up in September. It would be a great honor."
Alvarez, meanwhile, returns after missing two starts with right shoulder inflammation. He last pitched July 29 when he went seven scoreless innings in a win over the Washington Nationals.
In 22 starts, he is 8-5 with a 2.48 ERA and three complete games. His ERA ranks fifth in the National League.
"The rest has definitely helped me," Alvarez said in Spanish. "I rested my whole arm and now I get to start again. I’m just glad I can come back and I hope I’ll stay healthy so I can finish out strong."