Looking to improve their starting rotation after losing Jose Fernandez for the season, the Miami Marlins added a veteran to their rotation on Wednesday afternoon by signing left hander Randy Wolf.
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After it was determined that Fernandez would need Tommy John surgery, the Marlins sought to add a pitcher with major league experience. Wolf opened the season at Triple-A in the Diamondbacks organization, and went 5-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 3.61 FIP.
Miami promoted right hander Anthony DeSclafani on Tuesday night, and he is set to make his major league debut on Wednesday in Los Angeles. While it is a possibility, the signing of Wolf likely means that DeSclafani may not be with the Marlins long term.
Wolf has spent parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues, and has gone 132-117 with a career 4.20 ERA. He last appeared in a major league game while with Baltimore in 2012. Wolf's best major league season came in 2009 with the Dodgers, when he went 11-7 and posted a 3.23 ERA.
Wolf underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the 2013 season.
After the 2012 season, Wolf underwent his second Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2013. Wolf, who earned an All-Star selection in 2003 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, is 132-117 with a 4.20 ERA all-time. He ranks fourth on majors' active wins list among lefties behind C.C. Sabathia (208), Mark Buehrle (193) and Cliff Lee (142).
Considering Wolf has been on a regular rotation with Reno and last pitched on Friday, he could start as soon as Thursday in San Francisco. The Marlins have tabbed Double-A right-hander Anthony DeSclafani to Wednesday night's series finale at Dodger Stadium.
To make space on the 40-man roster, the Marlins designated reliever Henry Rodriguez for assignment after Tuesday's game. Miami also optioned Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans to create a spot for DeSclafani.