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Top Marlins prospect Heaney to join rotation

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins called up left-hander Andrew Heaney and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani from Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and have plugged both pitchers into the rotation for this week.

It was part of a busy day for the Marlins in which they made roster moves regarding a total of eight players, including left fielder Christian Yelich, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Heaney, the team's top prospect, will make his big-league debut on Thursday against the New York Mets. The 23-year-old was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft and had a combined record of 7-2 in the minors this season with ERAs of 2.35 in Double A and 2.74 in Triple A.

He will try to shore up a rotation that was rocked last month by the loss of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez to season-ending elbow surgery.

"It's surreal," Heaney said. "You think of how it might happen, and then it does, and it doesn't hit you until now when I'm in the park and looking out."

DeSclafani, 24, who made his big league debut earlier this season and went 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts, will start again on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

To make roster room for their two new starters, the Marlins designated for assignment left-hander Randy Wolf, 37, and right-hander Kevin Slowey, 30. Wolf, trying to make a comeback from a second Tommy John surgery, went 1-3 with a 5.28 ERA. Slowey, with 17 appearances, including 15 in relief, was 1-1 with a 5.30 ERA.

Right-hander Jacob Turner, who had been set to start on Tuesday, will now pitch out of the bullpen.

Yelich, who had missed the past two games due to a strained lower back, was replaced by outfielder Jake Marisnick, who was also called up from New Orleans. Marisnick will start Monday night in center field for the Marlins, who will move Marcell Ozuna, at least temporarily, to left field.

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