Fish Bites: Randy Wolf hopes to bolster rotation

Stephen Dunn

After being signed on Wednesday, Marlins starter Randy Wolf is confident he can help one of baseball's youngest rotations. Plus links on Jose Fernandez, Andrew Heaney, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

-MTV2's Off the Bat with Jose Fernandez - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

With all this talk about Jose Fernandez and his torn UCL, let’s look at something positive when it comes to the 2013 Rookie of the Year.

-Saltalamacchia, Marlins Offense Looks for Sustainability. - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The three players who have made the biggest difference for the Marlins offense so far in this season both positively and negatively have been Christian Yelich at the top of the lineup, Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the middle of the order and Marcell Ozuna playing center field and hitting mostly second and seventh.

-Linda Robertson: Miami Marlins could not prevent Jose Fernandez’s injury - Linda Robertson - MiamiHerald.com

The Marlins took every precautionary measure they could to protect Jose Fernandez’s golden arm short of storing his elbow in a safe or hiring a bodyguard to lift his fork to his lips at mealtimes.

-LOS ANGELES: Miami Marlins sign Randy Wolf to stabilize rotation - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

An aging, veteran pitcher who is trying to make a comeback from his second Tommy John operation will be replacing a young star, Jose Fernandez, who is preparing for his first. The Marlins signed 37-year-old left-hander Randy Wolf on Wednesday.

-Miami Marlins: Pitch count numbers get ugly in loss to Dodgers. - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins needed 203 pitches to get through eight innings in Monday’s 6-5 loss to the Dodgers. That was the fifth-most pitches thrown in franchise history for an eight-inning game.

-Miami Marlins sign veteran left-hander Randy Wolf - Sun Sentinel

Randy Wolf already was in discussions with other teams. The deal he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks had a Wednesday out clause. As he weighed options, Wolf didn't envision spending part of his afternoon speaking to media in the Dodger Stadium visitors' dugout. In need of an innings eater after losing Jose Fernandez to impending Tommy John surgery, the Marlins swooped in on Wolf. The two sides agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with incentive clauses. A native of Canoga Park outside of Los Angeles, Wolf had been with the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nev.

-Surgery advised for Marlins' Jose Fernandez for 'significant tear' of elbow ligament | marlins.com: News

On Monday, an MRI exam taken in L.A. revealed the ligament tear, and Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. On Tuesday, Fernandez returned to Miami, where he was examined by Kaplan. "From what our doctor saw, they did not want to go the rehab route," Hill said. "Surgery was the best option, and that was the recommendation." Moving on without Fernandez is about to begin. It will be a tough road because the ace is so dynamic, and he's developed into a fan favorite and one of the game's top pitchers.

-Surgery advised for Marlins' Jose Fernandez for 'significant tear' of elbow ligament | marlins.com: News

On Monday, an MRI exam taken in L.A. revealed the ligament tear, and Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. On Tuesday, Fernandez returned to Miami, where he was examined by Kaplan. "From what our doctor saw, they did not want to go the rehab route," Hill said. "Surgery was the best option, and that was the recommendation." Moving on without Fernandez is about to begin. It will be a tough road because the ace is so dynamic, and he's developed into a fan favorite and one of the game's top pitchers.

-Heaney's callup a matter of when, not if | marlins.com: News

It's no longer a matter of if Andrew Heaney is ready to make the big league jump, it's closing in on when. Ranked by MLB.com as the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game, Heaney continues his development at Double-A Jacksonville, where he is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA. He has 44 strikeouts in 46 innings.

-Marlins bolster rotation with veteran lefty Randy Wolf | marlins.com: News

In light of the injury to Jose Fernandez, the Marlins have been in the market for a pitcher with big league experience. They found an option in left-hander Randy Wolf.

-Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers - May 14, 2014 | MLB.com MIA Recap

Aspiring actors flock here in hopes of fulfilling dreams. Anthony DeSclafani on Wednesday night arrived in the City of Angels looking to prove he belongs among the Major League stars. If first takes are any indication, the 24-year-old passed his first audition.

Around The League

-The Rays are struggling, but there's no reason to panic. | SportsonEarth.com : Marc Normandin Article

With the rotation beset by injuries and their star hitters struggling, it's tempting to assume that the last-place Rays will call it a day and trade ace David Price. Of course, "last place" in the American League East only means they're 3.5 games out. It's far too soon to give up on them.

-MLB owners discuss replay, pitchers' injuries at Meetings | MLB.com: News

Instant replay and the spate of injuries to pitchers' arms were among the topics discussed at the quarterly Owners Meetings that concluded on Thursday at Major League Baseball headquarters.

-Jim Thome, Jon Hamm on initial All-Star Game softball rosters | MLB.com: News

On Thursday morning, MLB announced the first wave of participants for the July 13 Taco Bell Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field.

-Yankees place Carlos Beltran on disabled list | MLB.com: News

The Yankees placed outfielder Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a bone spur in his right elbow.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins 2010 Draft Review: Christian Yelich kicks off draft success - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins took the first step in their recovery from a devastating set of recent drafts in 2010, when first-round pick Christian Yelich helped usher a new era of top Marlins prospects.

-Miami Marlins' Anthony Desclafani and his starting rotation impact - Fish Stripes

In one of the first moves following the potential season-ending injury to Jose Fernandez, the Marlins gave the nod to solid, minor league prospect Anthony Desclafani. Does Desclafani have the skills to help fill the void of Fernandez?

-Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Anthony DeSclafani's tremendous start - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins turned to Anthony DeSclafani for his career Major League start in last night's 13-3 romping of the Los Angeles Dodgers. What did he throw, and how did he do?

-Southern California-born Marlins have big series against Dodgers - Fish Stripes

While the Marlins were only able to win one of their three games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, three Southern Californians on the Marlins roster-- Christian Yelich, Reed Johnson and Giancarlo Stanton-- managed to put up great numbers.

-MLB Draft 2014: Keith Law mock draft has Marlins selecting Alex Jackson second overall - Fish Stripes

The first Keith Law mock draft of the 2014 MLB Draft has the Miami Marlins taking a surprising selection at the second overall choice: California high school catcher Alex Jackson.

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