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Carter Capps bolsters Miami Marlins bullpen

It's still early, but at 17-15, the Miami Marlins have exceeded just about everyone's expectations. One area of concern in the early going has been middle relief. Can newcomer Carter Capps become a reliable bridge from the starters to closer Steve Cishek?

Chris Trotman

The Miami Marlins middle relievers have provided a roller coaster of emotions for Marlins fans so far in 2013. Mike Dunn, Carlos Marmol, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero have alternated between brilliant and shaky.

The club demoted the struggling Caminero and recalled 23-year-old fastballer Carter Capps at the end of April.

Capps, who the Marlins acquired in an offseason trade which sent Logan Morrison to the Seattle Mariners, was a bit of a reclamation project. His mechanics were off last season, causing him to surrender 12 home runs in just 59 innings.

Capps was able to improve his delivery this spring with some help from the Marlins coaching staff.  He then began the season in New Orleans to continue to fine tune his mechanics with coach Charlie Corbell.

Since being called up to the big club, Capps has only made two appearances in relief, but he has been impressive when given the opportunity. He has gone two innings and struck out three batters in both appearances without letting up a walk or a hit. His fastball has also hit triple digits on the radar gun a couple of times.

"I think we're going to mix and match these [middle relief] guys," Redmond said. "We're going to need all these guys in different situations. You saw last night with Cishek having to take a day off. We've used A.J. and Dunn. Capps is going to be right in the mix."

As Redmond gets more comfortable with Capps, he may get more action in the eighth inning as a bridge to closer Steve Cishek, making him a valuable and much needed piece if the Marlins want to remain in contention in the division.