Adam Conley, banished to the minors in early May after a rough six start stretch (and one relief appearance) that saw him go 2-3 with a 7.23 ERA, has been recalled to start against the Phillies on Tuesday night.
Conley hasn’t faired particularly well with the AAA Baby Cakes either, going 3-3 with a 5.49 ERA in 12 starts. The Marlins’ system isn’t exactly brimming with starting pitching, however, and sometimes a stint in the minors is enough to clear a player’s head and get them back into their respective games. Let’s hope that will be the case for the still-talented Conley.
Mark Townsend of Yahoo! Sports Big League Stew writes that Derek Jeter’s desire for control is getting in the way of his ability to secure the team. It was reported Saturday that Jeter recently refused an offer by Jorge Mas to join his ownership team as he continues to seek nominal control of baseball operations (despite Jeter’s reported contribution to said ownership being only between $10-25 million dollars). The general consensus continues to be that the team will be sold before (by?) the trade deadline, but much of that depends upon Jeffrey Loria, who was said to have favored Jeter’s bid early on and may allow things to drag on in order to give Jeter some more time to gather funding.
The Marlins will try and refocus today after getting swept in three by the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers. Yesterday’s game featured Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton all crashing up against the wall to make plays, but only the first two were successful. Stanton lost his glove over the wall in an attempt to nab Chris Taylor’s triple, and the Dodgers came away with a 3-2 victory.
Marlins right-hander Jose Urena and Dodgers right-fielder Yasiel Puig got into a bit of a shouting match in Saturday’s game after Puig took exception to an inside fastball. The benches cleared but as happens in most baseball brawls...well, nothing happened. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game that Puig over-reacted, Ureña took it a step further, calling Puig “...a little baby.”
The Angels DFA’d Danny Espinosa yesterday, potentially clearing a path for a Dee Gordon acquisition.
Around the League
The Oakland A’s parted with relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson Sunday, trading the pair to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Blake Treinen and two prospects. A’s president Billy Beane insists these moves are just the start of the first full rebuild under his watch.
The Sporting News’ Bob Hille attempts to sort out the starting pitching market ahead of the deadline.