Fish Bites: Tom Koehler seeks consistency

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

After a quality start on Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, starter Tom Koehler is hoping to become a consistent part of Miami's rotation. Plus links on Mike Dunn, Duane Below, and Giancarlo Stanton.

- Marlins split on MLB increasing instant replay | www.palmbeachpost.com

Expanded instant replay in baseball seems inevitable, but the idea is generating mixed opinions in the Marlins clubhouse. "Maybe just on home runs, but that’s it," pitcher Ricky Nolasco said. "Fair and foul, balls and strikes, safe or out, no. You have to leave the human element in there.’’

- Faith, Hope and the Plight of the Miami Marlins Fan - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Sports fandom is a weird thing, it is like religious faith, really liking a band and a love affair all at once. Sports fans sacrifice so much of their time, sanity, emotion and even money in order to support a team. Marlins fans have been jerked around so much since the fire sale in 1997 that it has hard for us to still believe.

- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria bats in No. 2 hole - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

Adeiny Hechavarria has spent most of the season struggling to hit his weight. But after racing into third base on a ball hit into the gap in right-center Thursday, Hechavarria found himself leading the majors with five triples.

- Miami Marlins’ poor start hasn’t prompted any closed-door meetings - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

Even though the Marlins are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, neither the players nor manager Mike Redmond have seen fit to demand a closed-door, clubhouse meeting to air out their frustrations.

- Ex-Marlin Cody Ross recalls 2006 team’s resurgence - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

When Cody Ross saw how miserable the Marlins were in April and early May of 2006, he wanted desperately to play for them. And when his desire came true on May 26 of that year when the Reds traded him to the Marlins, Ross said he "let out this outburst scream — yes!" Ross, who is in town with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was reminiscing about ’06 on Saturday when it was mentioned that the current Marlins had the same franchise-worst record — 11-31 — that the ’06 Marlins did at the same point.

- Redmond envisions long-relief role for Below | marlins.com: News

Left-hander Duane Below is the newest member of an overworked Marlins bullpen. Manager Mike Redmond aims to insert the left-handed Below into a long-relief role similar to that of fellow lefty Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc will likely require a day or two of rest after throwing four innings in Miami's 9-2 loss to Arizona on Friday night. Below arrived at Marlins Park shortly before Saturday's game.

- Trio of first basemen nearing rehab stints | marlins.com: News

The Marlins are expecting Logan Morrison to begin his rehab assignment with Jupiter on Monday. A day or two later, Casey Kotchman and Joe Mahoney are projected to join the club. "LoMo, they're planning on him going out in rehab on Monday," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We'll see how that goes."

- Dunn pitching well in any situation for Fish | marlins.com: News

Left-hander Mike Dunn does not have a defined role in the Marlins' bullpen this season. Other than closer Steve Cishek, nobody does. But the uncertainty keeps Dunn and his teammates on their toes. "Everyone's just kind of ready to go whenever the phone rings," Dunn said. "We've got different guys going multiple innings. We've got guys pitching just about every inning. So, it's just basically making sure you're stretched and ready to go. When the phone rings, be ready to pitch."

- Stanton received plasma injection in hamstring | marlins.com: News

To help the recovery process, Giancarlo Stanton received a platelet-rich plasma injection shortly after he strained his right hamstring late last month. In recent years, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections have become more popular in all sports.

- Koehler looking for consistent command | marlins.com: News

What Tom Koehler's latest start revealed is that the right-hander has the pure stuff to be successful in the big leagues. The question that still needs to be addressed is whether the 26-year-old can consistently show command. When he does, he's impressive. Koehler had a career night on Saturday, even though he came out on the losing end of the Marlins' 1-0 decision to the D-backs.

Around The League

- Atlanta Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty expects to undergo Tommy John surgery | MLB.com: News

As Eric O'Flaherty's left arm occasionally bothered him over the past few weeks, he was hopeful he could battle through it, like he had during last season's final month. But O'Flaherty's greatest fear was realized Saturday, when an MRI exam revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

- Dodgers activate infielder Ellis from disabled list | dodgers.com: News

The Dodgers activated second baseman Mark Ellis off the disabled list Sunday and optioned catcher Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque.

- Blue Jays-Yankees game postponed by rain | MLB.com: News

Persistent morning rain washed away the Yankees' finale against the Blue Jays before it even started on Sunday, and no makeup date has been announced. New York won the first two games of the series and will resume its season Monday against the Orioles with CC Sabathia on the mound.

- McCutchen scratched from lineup due to sore knee | pirates.com: News

Starling Marte was due to miss his second start of the season, left out of the Pirates' original lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Astros. Instead, Andrew McCutchen missed his second start, scratched with a sore right knee.

At Fish Stripes

- Miami Marlins struggling offensively, averaging 2.8 runs a game - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins consistently struggled with runners in scoring position throughout April. Miami is still having trouble scoring runs, but now the starters are not performing well.

- Marlins' Marcell Ozuna is still a free swinger - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna has made waves with his strong early play on both sides of the ball, but he has also retained his reputation as a free swinger at the plate.

- Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: May 18 - Fish Stripes

All of the Marlins affiliates, aside from Triple-A New Orleans, won their games on Saturday. Brian Flynn had a rough day for New Orleans, while Cameron Flynn had a huge game for Greensboro.

- Fish Stripes Weekly Ichthyomancy Update: May 12-18 - Fish Stripes

Two players stand neck-and-neck at the top of the latest Ichthyomancy standings.

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