The thumb blister that ended Edinson Volquez’s oddly historic outing Tuesday night has landed him on the disabled list.
The Marlins placed the veteran starting pitcher on the 10-day DL Wednesday and recalled reliever Nick Wittgren from Triple A New Orleans.
Volquez, who has gone 0-4 with a 4.71 ERA through six starts (28 2/3 innings) in his first season with the Marlins, will miss his next scheduled start Sunday in New York.
The Marlins are hopeful he can return by his next scheduled turn in the rotation which would be May 13 at home against the Braves.
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“It’s not the first time I’ve had this,” Volquez said. “They decided to give me more time to recover.”
It’s the first time Volquez has been placed on the disabled list since 2009 when he underwent Tommy John surgery.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said having the option of a 10-day DL stint this season as opposed to the 15-day option made the decision easier.
“The blister was pretty substantial and our biggest concern is trying to make sure next time he goes out there it’s not an inning and this thing blows up,” Mattingly said. “We want to give it a chance to make sure this thing is gone.”
Mattingly has not named a starter for Sunday’s game, but mentioned it could be either Jose Urena making a spot start or someone from the minors the team would call up.
Justin Nicolino, who was in the mix to land one of the spots in the starting rotation in spring training, is a possibility since he also pitched Tuesday in New Orleans.
Nicolino (7-10, 4.73 in 25 career starts) has gone 1-2 with a 3.58 ERA in six Triple-A starts this year.
Urena has made five appearances this season (14 1/3 innings) with a 2.51 ERA in a long relief role, but is 4-13 with a 5.33 ERA in 21 career starts.
“It’ll depend on what happens the next couple of days,” Mattingly said.
Volquez set a peculiar major league record one night earlier becoming the first MLB pitcher to record nine strikeouts and walk eight batters while pitching only 4 1/3 innings.
The Marlins, in turn, also made history, becoming only the second team in MLB history to walk at least 11 and strike out at least 15 in a nine-inning game. The 1988 Chicago White Sox were the other.
Mattingly was glad to have Wittgren back to add a fresh arm to the bullpen that can pitch multiple innings.
Wittgren’s unfortunate demotion to Triple-A on April 14 was a result of the Marlins finding themselves without enough available pitchers a day after their 16-inning game against the Mets. Wittgren, who pitched three perfect innings in that game, was the only pitcher the Marlins were able to option to the minors in order to call up a fresh arm.
Since he was sent down, Wittgren has pitched five scoreless innings in five appearances in the minors without a walk, struck out six and allowed only three hits.
“That last outing against the Mets really built up the confidence so just went down there and tried to build on that,” Wittgren said.
Dee Gordon sat out Wednesday’s game, giving him two such rest days in the past six games. Miguel Rojas started at second base and J.T. Realmuto hit in the leadoff spot.
Gordon was hit by a pitch on the right calf from Alex Cobb during Tuesday night’s game. Mattingly said it was a precautionary move.
Thursday: Marlins RHP Dan Straily (1-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Andriese (1-1, 3.86), 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field.
Friday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (1-1, 5.40) vs. New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey (2-2, 5.14), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.