When Jarred Cosart won a spot in the Marlins' rotation this spring, it appeared he would be a consistent starting option for the Marlins to turn to.
After being plagued by vertigo-type symptoms for much of 2015, it looked like Cosart would be back on track this season. But he struggled over the course of his first few starts and was ultimately optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
Miami wants Cosart back in the rotation this season, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, but he has not had much success since being demoted.
The Marlins say they definitely expect right-hander Jarred Cosart back at some point this season, so this is discouraging: Only one of his first four starts at Triple A New Orleans has been good. He has allowed 34 baserunners in 18 innings, with a 5.87 ERA.
Over 14.2 innings before being demoted, Cosart pitched to a 7.98 ERA and 5.09 FIP. He had trouble throwing strikes and the Marlins only allowed him to take the mound three times before making the move.
Upon acquiring Cosart from the Astros, it appeared the Marlins felt he would be a front to middle of the rotation option. However, when he has been able to remain healthy, Cosart hasn't had much success.
Without Cosart in the rotation, the Marlins have had success. Justin Nicolino and Adam Conley have both pitched well, and Jose Fernandez and Wei-Yin Chen have anchored the front end of the unit.
Since the Marlins might not be in need of another starter in the near future, Cosart still has time to adjust. However, the fact the Marlins called upon Kendry Flores to pitch in the double header against Washington is telling.
Cosart has not had much success in 2016, but it appears he still figures to be a part of the Marlins' plans this season.