After his disastrous start last night, the Marlins decided they had seen enough with Jeff Locke, as they designated Locke for assignment earlier today.
The Marlins called up right-hander Drew Steckenrider from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Locke on the roster.
Locke allowed 11 runs and 11 hits in just 2.2 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Locke's ERA ballooned to 8.16 after last night's start. Locke started seven games for the Marlins, and he went 0-5 with a 1.78 WHIP.
Locke signed a 1-year deal worth $3 million with the Marlins last offseason. Locke dealt with shoulder tendinitis in the offseason, which forced him to miss spring training and the first two months of the season.
Steckenrider had a brief stint in the MLB this season, and he posted a 5.40 ERA during four appearances in the major leagues.
He recorded a 1.72 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 31.1 innings pitched at Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins haven't named a replacement for Locke. His next scheduled start was to have been on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.