The Miami Marlins traded Ricky Nolasco earlier this month for three unimpressive pitching prospects, but at least one of those players will be seeing time in the majors this season. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have promoted righty reliever Steven Ames to the Major League club after sending Kevin Slowey to the disabled list with right elbow discomfort.
Ames, who was struggling with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate earlier this season, at least got off to a decent start with Triple-A New Orleans. The 25-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run in seven innings pitched, with five strikeouts and just one walk to his name. Then again, his cumulative numbers in Triple-A this year leave a lot to be desired: in 41 1/3 innings, he has a 3.05 ERA but a 3.90 FIP and a strikeout rate of just 18.7 percent. In comparison, Triple-A New Orleans closer Chris Hatcher has a 1.92 career ERA (3.22 FIP) and a 23.0 percent strikeout rate at the same level.
Ames should be contributing at the back of the Marlins' bullpen, perhaps in a seventh-inning role. His role could expand depending both on his performance and in the team's reliever situation heading into the July 31 trade deadline. The Marlins have stated that they do not expect any further trades, but do not be surprised if relievers like Chad Qualls or Ryan Webb are moved, opening the way for other Marlins relievers to get involved. Right now, however, his role will be akin to that of Dan Jennings and Webb as seventh inning options.
Slowey is heading to the disabled list after feeling the elbow discomfort while warming up in the third inning of last night's game versus the Pittsburg Pirates. Starter Tom Koehler was struggling and Mike Redmond got Slowey warming up, but he stopped when he felt he could not continue throwing. The soreness had been going on for some time. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.