Buente designated, Cishek called up

SAN FRANCISCO — The Marlins on Tuesday opted to swap off starting pitching for relief help during their series with San Francisco.

Florida designated right-hander Jay Buente for assignment. Reliever Steve Cishek was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

Buente made an emergency start on Sunday and he suffered the loss to the Rays at Sun Life Stadium. In three innings, he gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks and a strikeout.

Buente was filling in for Josh Johnson, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

The Marlins are hopeful Johnson will rejoin the rotation on June 1 at Arizona. The team now must decide who will pitch on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Before being called up, Buente was 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 10 games and five starts with the Marlins.

Cishek, who was called up earlier in the season by Florida but he didn’t pitch, has appeared in 15 games for New Orleans. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA, striking out 19 and walking 12 in 23 innings.

Joe Frisaro

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