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Miami Marlins' Steve Cishek named co-NL Player of the Week

Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek was named the co-National League Player of The Week on Monday. Cishek converted all five save opportunties and gained recognition as the Marlins completed a franchise best 6-1 seven game road trip.

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Steve Cishek is drawing a notable amount of interest from around the league, and after being named the co-National League Player of The Week on Monday afternoon, the Marlins will likely continue to get calls.

Prior to Monday's 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill noted the Marlins received an abundance of phone calls with regard to Cishek before their most recent seven game road trip. Miami went a franchise best 6-1 on the seven game stretch and reportedly has no interest in moving either Cishek or Mike Dunn.

Cishek has been a consistent closing option out of Miami's bullpen, pitching to a 4-5 record with a 3.38 ERA, 2.21 FIP, and 27 saves.

In addition to the Marlins gaining attention after the successful trip, Cishek was selected after converting five saves in as many opportunities.

Cishek converted a Major League-best five saves in as many opportunities, striking out eight over five full innings. He allowed just two hits while also tying for the MLB lead in pitching appearances for the week.

It is now the second straight season in which Cishek has hit the 26-save threshold. It's his second career NL Player of the Week Award, after he won it last July 22-28 for a five-save week.

Cishek has proven to be an inexpensive and effective closer for the Marlins, who are adamant that they will look to add rather than subract prior to Thursday's trade deadline.

While limiting his walks out of the bullpen (2.78  BB/9), Cishek has not had trouble against left-handed hitters as was the case in the past. Lefties are batting just .242 against him, and the majority of Cishek's strikeouts (39) have come against left-handed hitters.

Jacob deGrom also received recognition after a solid week, with Cishek's ninth inning performances drawing rightfully earned attention.

Marlins option Realmuto, recall Marisnick

In a roster move before Monday night's game, the Marlins optioned catcher J.T. Realmuto to Double-A Jacksonville and recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick from Triple-A New Orleans.

Realmuto, who is batting .301 with the Suns this season, was recalled prior to the Houston series to give the Marlins another catching option. Realmuto did not make an appearance, though while he did provide depth, the move unnecessarily used one of his minor league options.

Marisnick was playing well in New Orleans before getting the call.

The speedy outfielder played 13 games with the Marlins in mid-June and went 8-for-47. In his last 20 games with the Zephyrs, Marisnick was on a tear, batting .330 with five doubles, a triple, four homers and 13 RBIs. He'd also reached base safely in 18 straight.

However, unlike in June when Marisnick was up to cover for an injured Christian Yelich, Marlins manager Mike Redmond expects to use Marisnick more as an extra pair of legs.

Miami's decision to promote Marisnick is questionable since he will not see a lot of playing with Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton completing the Marlins' outfield. Marisnick does give the Marlins speed off the bench.