Heaney, DeSclafani, Marisnick, Bour join Marlins
MIAMI — The future is starting now for the Marlins.
In the thick of the National League East race, Miami has finally pulled the trigger on their top prospect, promoting lefty Andrew Heaney from Triple-A New Orleans.
Miami had been planning on giving the 23-year-old one more Triple-A start, which would have been Thursday. Instead, Heaney has been called up to help a struggling rotation.
The Marlins also have called up right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who was scratched from his Triple-A starter on Sunday.
Outfielder Jake Marisnick and first baseman Justin Bour also were brought up.
On a busy day, Miami also placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list, retro to June 14, with a lower back strain. Infielder Donovan Solano was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
Pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey were designated for assignment.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was transferred to the 15-day disabled list after he had been on the seven-day concussion list since June 1.
Heaney, the ninth overall pick in 2012, is ranked as the 25th overall pick by MLB.com, as well as the No. 1 lefty prospect.
The former Oklahoma State standout was 3-0 with a 2.74 ERA in four starts for New Orleans. He opened the season at Double-A Jacksonville, where he was 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA.
To help curb his total innings, Heaney was scratched from his most recent start, which was to be last Thursday.
Miami headed into Monday night one game behind the Braves in the NL East. The Marlins have been struggling to find quality starting pitching. Heaney and DeSclafani are two highly successful prospects.
– Joe Frisaro