MIAMI -- Mat Latos is out for at least one start. The veteran right-hander was hit by a line drive in the dugout on Friday night and will be scratched from his scheduled Saturday outing. Adam Conley will make the start against the Reds in his place.
"It's a right foot contusion," Manager Dan Jennings said. "Conley will make the start. There was a ball last night that hit the net. Latos had his foot there and the ball struck him in the foot."
In order to make room for Conley on the 25-man roster, the Marlins designated infielder Jordany Valdespin for assignment. Miami selected Valdespin's contract earlier in order to carry an additional left-handed bat on the bench. Valdespin, 27, has posted .287/.342/.378 batting line in 235 at-bats with Triple-A New Orleans. He started in right field against the Reds on Friday night and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
"Valdespin is an energy player," Jennings said. "We knew Leake was going to be a tough guy to score off of, Valdy is left-handed. He can run into a ball and pop it out of the ballpark and he's also a tremendous runner. We wanted to put him out there. We're going to have to mix and match a little bit right now. I love the guy's energy that he brings every night."
Latos, 27, has had his name consistently mentioned in trade rumors over the last few weeks. He has posted a 3.90 ERA and 4.50 FIP over 75.1 innings and has already spent time on the disabled list earlier in the year.
Conley, 25, has had success with Triple-A New Orleans. He has pitched to a 2.33 ERA over 89.0 innings and was selected by the Marlins in the second round of the 2011 draft.
"He's been throwing the ball very well in Triple-A," Jennings said of Conley. "He was one of those guys we called up to get a little bit of work earlier. He is very competitive and fills up the strike zone. Hopefully he brings that here and takes advantage of this opportunity."
MLB.com's Joe Frisaro first reported Latos was likely to be scratched prior to Friday's 1-0 loss to Cincinnati.