Mike Redmond hinted at it before Tuesday night's contest against the Phillies, and following the Marlins' 5-4 eleven inning victory over Philadephia, it was nearly inevitable.
Reliever A.J. Ramos was placed on the 15-day disabled list after suffering from elbow infmamation and being unable to pitch out of a Marlins bullpen that has been consistently taxed.
Marlins reliever A.J. Ramosis heading to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, manager Mike Redmond announced on Monday.
Ramos, who threw a career-high 50 pitches in 1 2/3 innings in the Marlins' 14-inning loss to the Phillies on Thursday, underwent an MRI that revealed the inflammation on Friday. He did not pitch in the series against Oakland in hopes that extended rest would relieve the soreness.
Ramos has had a shaky season out of Miami's bullpen. Overall, he is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA and 3.76 FIP in 37 and a third innings pitched, however he has at times put men on base via a walk with two outs or had difficulty stranding inherited runners.
In addition to a 10.13 K/9 rate, he is walking batters at a 6.99 BB/9 rate, which is a bit inflated for a reliever who was expected to serve as a setup man to closer Steve Cishek early in the year.
Although his early appearances were not as successful, Ramos found the strike zone before getting hurt, not allowing a run in his last nine appearances and only allowing a hit in three.
While he was the favorite to pitch late in games, the Marlins eventually acquired Bryan Morris to fill the role because of Ramos' inconsistencies on the mound. His plus slider to complement a solid fastball completes a notable repertoire, but Ramos' inability to find the strike zone late in games likely made giving him the ball difficult.
With Sam Dyson recently called up to keep the bullpen arms fresh, the Marlins may choose to add a bat. Justin Bour is an option, as MLB.com's Joe Frisaro points out, and would give the Marlins a needed left-handed option off the bench.
Ramos officially on DL #Marlins to make corresponding move tomorrow. not official, likely @zephyrsbaseball Justin Bour— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) July 2, 2014
As a result of both extended extra inning games and the starters' inability to pitch into the later innings, Miami adding another arm out of the bullpen remains a possibility. Ramos' success of late will be missed, notably because of the wildness of Kevin Gregg, who lost a two run lead in the eighth inning on Tuesday.
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