Marlins notebook

After getting win, Wade LeBlanc designated for assignment by Marlins

 

cspencer@MiamiHerald.com

It was Wade LeBlanc who was credited with the win — his first of the season — in Sunday’s comeback victory by the Marlins.

LeBlanc’s reward?

In what could signal the start of a movement by the Marlins to reseed the roster with an eye toward the future, replacing older veterans with fresh faces, the team announced that LeBlanc would be designated for assignment Monday.

Taking his spot in the bullpen: Edgar Olmos, a 23-year-old lefty who has been working out of the bullpen this season at Double A Jacksonville. The Marlins gave no reason for the move.

A former third-round draft pick, Olmos struggled as a starter his first five seasons in the minors, going 8-32 with a 4.58 ERA. But in 19 relief appearances for Jacksonville this season, he was 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA.

The Marlins might also be looking for a situational lefty as opposed to a left-hander who merely filled in a long-relief role.

LeBlanc, who started the season in the rotation before shifting to the bullpen, has not been successful against left-handers, who were hitting .333 (20 for 60) against him.

Olmos is expected to join the team in Philadelphia on Monday.

Kotchman back

That wasn’t the only roster move made following Sunday’s win.

As expected, first baseman Casey Kotchman was activated from the disabled list. Reserve outfielder Jordan Brown was optioned to Triple A New Orleans.

Kotchman has been on the DL since the second game of the season, when he sustained a hamstring injury.

Kotchman’s return means the Marlins, who have been trying to get by without a full-fledged first baseman, can begin using Greg Dobbs off the bench.

Idle sculpture

The $2.5 million home run sculpture at Marlins Park is an example of kinetic art. It is designed to move.

But until Dobbs homered in Sunday’s eighth inning, the psychedelic contraption hadn’t moved a lick for a home run since Juan Pierre went deep back on May 16 — a drought of 10 games.

Dobbs’ three-run shot to right was only the second home run by the Marlins at Marlins Park over the past 17 games.

Since 1993, only one team has had a longer power drought in their home ballpark.

The Giants went 16 consecutive games without a home run at AT&T Park in San Francisco last season.

Coming up

Monday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69) at Phillies RHP Jonathan Pettibone (3-1, 3.64), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.

•  Scouting report: Kendrick has gone 11-2 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 career appearances (15 starts) against the Marlins. Kendrick won his only meeting with the Marlins this season, holding Miami to a pair of runs over seven innings on May 2.

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