DeSclafani promoted, Lucas sent down
MIAMI — A need for a fresh arm three days after the All-Star Break has led to the Marlins now carrying 13 pitchers.
On Sunday morning, Miami recalled right-hander Anthony DeSclafani from Triple-A New Orleans. In a corresponding move, infielder Ed Lucas was optioned to New Orleans.
The move means manager Mike Redmond once again will be working with a short bench because the club now has 12 position players.
Miami is pressed for another arm after Henderson Alvarez was lifted after 2 2/3 innings on Saturday after he sustained a bruised left shin. And on Friday night, Nathan Eovaldi worked just four innings. So in the first two games coming out of the Break, the starters have logged 6 2/3 innings, while the bullpen has picked up 11 1/3 innings.
DeSclafani has appeared in five big league games, posting a 1-2 record with a 7.40 ERA. In stints with Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, the right-hander combined for a 5-6 record with a 3.54 ERA.
Lucas, who plays all infield positions, is batting .239 in 51 games.
The Marlins have added Jordany Valdespin to play second base.
– Joe Frisaro