Houser designated, Veras selected

Once again, the Marlins bullpen is back to having one lefty.

Left-hander James Houser was designated for assignment on Friday afternoon, one day after he made his Major League debut in Baltimore.

Houser threw 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs with one hit batter, one walk and one strikeout. He yielded a home run to Miguel Tejada.

The Marlins had promoted Houser from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.

Replacing Houser is right-handed reliever Jose Veras, who had his contract selected from New Orleans on Friday.

Veras rejoins the Marlins for the second time this season. The veteran right-hander was a non-roster invitee in Spring Training, and he was on Florida’s Opening Day roster. However, he appeared in four games, and gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings with four walks and six strikeouts.

Veras appeared in 24 games at New Orleans, and he was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA. In 29 1/3 innings, he struck out 37 and walked 15.

Taylor Tankersley is the lone lefty in Florida’s bullpen.

— Joe Frisaro


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