Jesus Delgado gets the call

Jesus Delgado answered the phone and is now up in the big leagues.

Rookie right-hander Jesus Delgado was recalled Friday by the Florida Marlins from Double-A Carolina, where he went 5-1 with a 3.73 ERA in 27 games.

Delgado, touted as a potential future closer, will join the bullpen. He takes the roster spot that became available when left-hander Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day disabled list with patella tendinitis in his right knee.

Miller had a MRI yesterday and it came up pretty good.

A magnetic resonance imaging exam performed on pitcher Andrew Miller's ailing right knee over the All-Star break didn't turn up anything unsightly.


But it did reveal the chronic tendinitis that has hampered him for more than a year and now has put him on the disabled list. It is a condition the Marlins were aware of when they landed Miller in their December 2007 trade with the Detroit Tigers. And it could lead to surgery if the problem doesn't go away on its own.

''The idea is we want to avoid all that stuff at all costs,'' Miller said. ``But I guess [surgery] is one of the potential things.''



It is still up in the air who will take his spot in the rotation.  One thing that seems for certain, it won't be Tucker.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez wasn't prepared to name Miller's replacement. Mark Hendrickson and Doug Waechter are candidates to start Tuesday, but Gonzalez did rule out Ryan Tucker, saying he didn't want to "yo-yo" the hard-throwing rookie.

Whoever it is, is just holding down Anibal's spot for now.

Anibal Sanchez, recovering from surgery on his right rotator cuff, threw 93 pitches for Double-A Carolina on Friday, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking one. Sanchez will make at least one more start for the Mudcats and could rejoin the Marlins by the end of the month.

Boy, I hope Sanchez is truly returning to form.  If he is, the Marlins will have a killer rotation, albeit young and in some cases young and injury recovering.  But killer nonetheless.  Whether they will have the arm strength to make it through the rest of the season, remains to be seen.


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