After dropping their fourth game on the current homestand Wednesday, the Miami Marlins outrighed reliever Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans and catcher J.T. Realmuto to Double-A Jacksonville to make room on the roster for Kevin Gregg and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
While Miami's bullpen will be helped by the arrival of Gregg, the return of Saltalamacchia may help Miami's young pitching staff.
#Marlins postgame moves: Jennings optioned to NOLA, Realmuto optioned to JAX; Gregg selected, Salty reinstated from DL.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) June 18, 2014
Jennings gave Manager Mike Redmond an additional lefty to work with out of the bullpen, however the young lefty struggled at times. In 20 innings pitched since he returned to Miami, Jennings posted a 0.90 ERA, but his 3.94 FIP tells the story in its entirety.
Jennings notably has had difficulty with runners inherited, and has an inflated 4.95 BB/9 rate. Since Mike Dunn has pitched better against right-handed hitters, learning to retire lefty hitters with consistency would serve Jennings well. Lefties have hit .263 in nine total innings facing Jennings this season.
Miami signed Gregg in the midst of bullpen inconsistencies, and is hopeful he can provide depth. Bryan Morris has been solid since he was acquired from the Pirates, and Gregg posted a 3.00 ERA and 3.59 FIP with Triple-A New Orleans.
Gregg also has closing experience, making him a valuable asset. Bridging the gap to closer Steve Cishek has troubled the Marlins at times, but the addition of Gregg should help that. A.J. Ramos and Dunn have at times had trouble keeping leads as games progressed.
The Marlins' young staff may have missed Saltalamacchia, who is reportedly healthy after seeing time on both the seven-day concussion DL and 15-day DL. Miami's starting catcher posted a .237/.335/.404 slash line before getting hurt but added six home runs to complement 20 RBIs.
Although he may be part of the organization's future behind the plate, J.T. Realmuto saw minimal playing time with Jeff Mathis making the majority of the starts in Saltalamacchia's absence. Realmuto posted a .200/.238/.200 line while driving in five runs in seven games.
While the Marlins' roster moves earlier in the week made the squad younger, the addition of Gregg and return of Saltalamacchia should assist Miami's offense and bullpen.