After losing a 14-inning, 4-hour 41-minute marathon to the Phillies on Thursday night, the Marlins came home a tired bunch.
Manager Mike Redmond said the team’s flight didn’t get into Miami until around 4:15 a.m. Friday, and heads “didn’t hit the pillow until about 5.”
By then, left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn was already awake and on a plane in Nashville bound for Miami. Flynn, 24, was called up from Triple A New Orleans to provide pitching depth and bullpen relief for this weekend’s series against the visiting Oakland Athletics.
But Flynn didn’t last long. He pitched three innings of relief Friday night and was optioned to New Orleans after the game.
“We just needed an arm after [Thursday] night,” Redmond said. “We had a couple guys throw a lot of pitches — A.J. [ Ramos] and [ Chris Hatcher]. We definitely needed an arm, especially since we’re going to have a couple young arms throwing in the next couple days.”
Redmond hinted Ramos could need more than just one day off. He threw 50 pitches in 1 2/3 innings of relief work — 17 more than he had in any other appearance this season. Hatcher needed 44 pitches to get through 2 1/3 innings. Both pitchers were unavailable Friday.
The Marlins optioned first baseman Justin Bour to New Orleans to make room for Flynn, who is 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA for New Orleans this season.
Flynn, who went 0-2 with an 8.50 ERA in four starts for the Marlins last September, has allowed three earned runs or less in 14 of his 16 minor-league starts. Flynn said he has spent a lot of time this season refining his changeup.
Since June 6, the Marlins have played five extra-inning games, including four that have gone at least 13 innings or more. They’ve won just one of them — a 10-inning, 3-2 win over the Pirates on June 15.
Making matters tougher, the Marlins haven’t had a day off since June 12 and played their 15th game Friday in a 17-day stretch. They finally will have another off day Monday.
“Obviously, when you play that long you want to come out on top,” veteran outfielder Reed Johnson said.
“Hopefully, we can play better at home. And, hopefully, we can find a way to have a four- or five-run lead going into ninth inning. Those are a lot more fun.”
• Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said he’s planning to play catch on Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list June 21 with a right triceps strain. Hechavarria said he has been doing exercises to strengthen his arm and thinks he will be fine in about a week.
“Before, whatever movement I made, my tricep hurt,” Hechavarria said. “I don’t know if when I throw [Sunday] it will hurt. But right now I feel fine.”
Hechavarria said the triceps strain is different from last year’s arm injury, which kept him on the disabled list for the final two weeks of April.
Redmond said the Marlins aren’t rushing Hechavarria to throw yet, and if he feels any discomfort before Sunday they’ll hold him off.
“We’ve got time with him,” Redmond said. “It’s more on how he feels day-to-day. So if on Sunday he says he’s fine to play catch, then great. But we want to make sure when these 15 days are up he’s 100 percent, ready to go. We don’t need to push him.”
• Redmond said left fielder Christian Yelich will be flying back to Miami on Saturday from his rehab assignment with New Orleans and will come off the disabled list Sunday as scheduled.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-3, 3.52 ERA) vs. Oakland Athletics RHP Sonny Gray (7-3, 2.91), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Sunday: Marlins LHP Andrew Heaney (0-2, 4.91) vs. Athletics LHP Tommy Milone (5-3, 3.89), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.