One of the things that seemed encouraging about this scenario is that Tom Koehler has pitched so well this season. On the surface, it seems easy to assume that Koehler would have no problem moving from the #5 guy in the rotation to an excellent #4.
The Marlins have the best home record in baseball this season at 19-6 -- the best home start in franchise history. And it's paying dividends at the gate.
The Marlins have placed struggling southpaw Brad Hand on the 15-day disabled list with what the club is terming a "right ankle sprain." Saturday's move didn't come with any exaggerated winks, but it's not hard to decipher what the Marlins have done. They got Hand out of the bullpen but keep him on the 40-man roster -- at least for now -- without exposing him to waivers. Hand is out of options and would almost certainly be claimed if he were to be designated for assignment, given that he's a lefty who throws in the mid-90s.
Miguel Tejada turns 40 today.. For most former MVPs and six-time All-Stars, that might mean an elaborate celebration or, for Tejada, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, a sun-splashed weekend on the golf course or ocean.
Like all major league teams, the Marlins on Monday will wear special Memorial Day Stars and Stripes caps. The 2014 edition has the same digital camouflage pattern as the 2013 cao, only this one has a red-orange bill and button. The caps are available for purchase through the New Era website.
Marlins' special assistant Andre Dawson already was scheduled to be in Cooperstown, N.Y. for Memorial Day weekend. When the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum earlier this week asked him about coming up a day early, Dawson didn't hesitate when he learned why.
Part of the appeal of Marcell Ozuna is you never know what you're getting every night at the ballpark. The enigmatic 23-year-old endured a rough West Coast trip, going 5-for-28 (.179) with a home run and two RBIs.
There has been an organizational shift in the Marlins' development of Minor League relievers. Bullpen arms were told early in the season to be ready to pitch at any time and prepare themselves to throw more than one inning.
At a time the Marlins are looking for middle relievers to step up, one candidate is being shut down for at least a few weeks. Brad Hand on Saturday afternoon was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and lefty reliever Dan Jennings was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to round out the roster.
The winless drought has ended for Jacob Turner, but not without some dicey moments on Saturday afternoon. Turner threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and he was backed by RBI hits from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Baker as the Marlins held off the Brewers, 2-1, to even the three-game series at Marlins Park
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The most consistently elite pitcher in baseball today wears a Dodgers uniform, but he throws with the opposite hand than the one you're thinking of. Right-handed Zack Greinke is known for his careful study and for maxing out his potential.
Infielder Nick Punto was not in the lineup in the final game of the A's three-game series in Toronto while nursing a left calf strain he sustained Friday. He may be held out of Monday's lineup against the Tigers, too, with a Memorial Day afternoon contest scheduled following a lengthy flight back from Canada on Sunday night.
Red Sox place first baseman Mike Napoli (left fourth finger sprain) on disabled list, recall RHP Brandon Workman from Triple-A. | MLB.com: News
The Red Sox placed first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a left fourth finger sprain and recalled right-hander Brandon Workman from Triple-A to start Sunday's game against the Rays.
The Chicago Cubs on Sunday signed Manny Ramirez to a Minor League contract to be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who was with Ramirez for seven years in the Boston Red Sox organization, made the announcement.
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The Miami Marlins made a shrewd move signing Casey McGehee to a one-year deal coming out of Japan. Something has changed in McGehee's approach that has helped to make him a surprising success so far in 2014.
Miami Marlins reliever Chris Hatcher was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday morning. Hatcher wasn't expecting the promotion despite hopes of making the club out of Spring Training.
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton leads the majors in RBIs, and that shows the value of not only hitting better in 2014, but also having better teammates this season.