The Miami Marlins made some roster moves after tonight's disappointing 7-6 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Fish are expected to bring Christian Yelich back from the disabled list for Sunday's series finale, so the team made two corresponding roster moves. From the Marlins' media Twitter account (relayed by Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel):
Optioning Jake Marisnick back always made sense. Despite his hot month of May, Marisnick still does not appear Major League ready with his bat. After tonight, he is batting just .170/.220/.170 in 50 plate appearances in 2014. With the Marlins having three obviously better choices in the outfield, demoting Marisnick back to Triple-A to work on his approach is logical.
The other move is a bit of a surprise. Miami optioned Anthony DeSclafani just a few days after another questionable start, during which he gave up two runs in three innings before exiting with a bruised forearm on a comebacker. Demoting him means Miami will have to make a corresponding promotion to replace DeSclafani, either in the pitching staff overall or in the starting rotation.
The reason this move is particularly interesting is that the Fish have already made a few machinations in the last few days to keep their bullpen fresh thanks to two 14-inning contests this week. They brought up Brian Flynn for one evening, during which he pitched three innings and was immediately demoted afterward for Sam Dyson. Dyson threw 2/3 of an inning tonight and should be available again should he be needed tomorrow. This does not leave many starting pitching choices remaining available to be promoted.
Of course, Miami could simply be demoting DeSclafani temporarily in order to replenish the pen, just like they did with Flynn last night. We'll see tomorrow whom the Marlins promote. If the team gets a bullpen arm, expect DeSclafani to be back on the roster within the week as the rules allow.