Miami Marlins

June 9, 2014

Andrew Heaney’s promotion looms as Miami Marlins’ pitching rotation is hard to guess

Nathan Eovaldi's wife is due to deliver any day. Andrew Heaney turned in yet another strong pitching performance Saturday in the minors. And the Marlins don't play on Monday or Thursday.

Nathan Eovaldi's wife is due to deliver any day. Andrew Heaney turned in yet another strong pitching performance Saturday in the minors. And the Marlins don't play on Monday or Thursday.

Add it all up, and the Marlins aren't entirely sure how their rotation will shape up this coming week. Or they're sure, and they're not telling anyone.

Here's the only thing that's certain: Tom Koehler will start Tuesday at Texas. Beyond that, questions marks.

Jacob Turner is listed as Wednesday's starter, and he threw his normal between-starts bullpen Sunday. But manager Mike Redmond also told reporters that Eovaldi could start on Wednesday depending on the status of his wife, who is expecting their first child. With the off day, Eovaldi would be pitching on normal rest if he goes Wednesday, even though he would vault in front of Turner.

Throw in the fact that it's now possible for the Marlins to safely call up Heaney from Triple A New Orleans without risking Super 2 status, and it muddles the picture even further.

Heaney went six innings Saturday for the Zephyrs, allowing a run on five hits over six innings. He struck out nine while walking one. He has now made four starts for New Orleans, going 3-0 with a 2.74 ERA. Overall this season, he is 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA while striking out 79 in 76 2/3 innings

If the Marlins decide to promote Heaney now, he could start either Friday or Saturday after the Marlins return home from their road trip. If they decide to give him another start at Triple A, he would likely come up in the Mets series at home.

SALTY’S STATUS

Jarrod Saltalamacchia can spend up to 14 days on the seven-day concussion list before the Marlins have to decide whether to activate him or transfer the catcher to the 15-day DL.

•  Henderson Alvarez's scoreless innings streak ended at 26 on Sunday when he gave up two runs in the sixth. Both runs scored after Alvarez left the game with a left hip strain and Dan Jennings took over.

Alvarez's streak is the third-longest by a Marlins pitcher. Luis Aquino went 26 1/3 scoreless innings during the 1994 season, and Javier Vazquez went 29 in a row without allowing a run in 2011.

COMING UP

•  Monday : Off day.
•  Tuesday : Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.33 ERA) at Texas Rangers RHP Colby Lewis (4-4, 5.77), 8:05 p.m., Arlington, Texas.

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