After a rough outing on Wednesday night, Marlins reliever Hayden Penn was informed that he will be designated for assignment on Thursday.
With Penn out of options, the Marlins have 10 days to either trade him, or if he clears waivers, they will place him in their Minor League system.
The thing is, I'm not sure he is going to clear waivers. Normally a pitcher who gives up 20 BB in 22 IP and has a 7.77 ERA isn't much in demand, but Penn is only 24 so there may be another team who will want to take a chance on him.
The Marlins are planning on calling up right-hander Tim Wood from Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday.
In 14 games with the Zephyrs, Wood posted a 1-0 record and an 0.54 ERA. In 16 2/3 innings, he has allowed just one earned run, and three total. He has struck out 17 and walked seven.
In New Orleans Wood was mainly a one inning only guy, but he could go two if asked which makes him an interesting choice to call up since will be taking over the spot of a demoted "long reliever". Now, Wood started some games in 2006 and made one start in 2008 but it is hard to believe will be asked to pitch long relief.
Of course, if he can go two innings, that will be an improvement over his predecessor but I wouldn't call it long relief.
Which leads me to believe that more changes to the pitching staff are coming soon. As it stands going into the game tonight, the Marlins don't have a long reliever available, assuming they keep refusing to use Meyer in that position. Maybe the Marlins are counting on Johnson, Volstad and Miller going deep into the games and they won't need one anytime soon.
Anyway, Welcome to the Majors, Tim!