Taylor optioned, Martinez recalled

Immediately after the Marlins lost 8-6 to the Braves on Wednesday night, lefty Graham Taylor was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.

Reliever Carlos Martinez will fill his roster spot, as the right-hander was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. 

Taylor had a rough outing on Wednesday, giving up eight runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. It was his shortest stint in three starts. 

In his short stint with the Marlins, Taylor was 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA. The left-hander had a reputation in the Minor Leagues for throwing strikes. But in 11 big league innings, he walked 12 and hit a batter.

Taylor has been filling Andrew Miller’s spot in the rotation. Miller, who is recovering from a strained right oblique, threw a rehab assignment game for the Class A Jupiter Hammerheads on Wednesday.

Miller will throw a rehab assignment start for Jacksonville on May 11, and he will rejoin the Marlins rotation on May 16 against the Dodgers. The Marlins are off on Monday, so they won’t need a fifth starter until May 16.

Martinez was in big league camp with the Marlins. The hard-throwing right-hander was with the club in 2006, but he experienced elbow problems and underwent Tommy John surgery.

For New Orleans, he has appeared in 12 games and thrown 11 innings, striking out 10 and walking six. He has a 4.09 ERA.

– Joe Frisaro

1 Comment

I am a big Martinez fan, he thew well before he got hurt a few years ago. I was hoping to read that Penn would go if he was called up, but I guess Penn would be cut when Miller is set to return from the DL. Either way, this move should be an improvement for the club

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