Miami Marlins

Marlins call up Vin Mazzaro and Andre Rienzo

Miami Marlins Manager Dan Jennings looks on during the first inning of the Miami Marlins vs Arizona Diamondbacks game at the Marlins Park in Little Havana in Miami on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
Miami Marlins Manager Dan Jennings looks on during the first inning of the Miami Marlins vs Arizona Diamondbacks game at the Marlins Park in Little Havana in Miami on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. EL Nuevo Herald

The Marlins promoted two pitchers from Triple A New Orleans on Saturday, but the team’s top prospects did not get the call — at least not yet.

Promoted were right-handers Vin Mazzaro, 28, and Andre Rienzo, 26.

Mazzaro, a New Jersey native who was the Oakland A’s third-round pick in 2005, was 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 appearances this season at New Orleans, including 10 in relief. His 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings are second-best on the team.

Rienzo, a native of Brazil, was 0-3 at New Orleans in seven starts. But he has pitched better than his win-loss record, allowing just 31 hits and 15 walks in 40 innings. He has a 3.15 ERA.

“Each has some degree of major-league service,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Mazzaro and Rienzo. “With the way our bullpen has been taxed, it’s good to put them there.”

The moves were made necessary when the Marlins announced Friday night that they were placing two of their starting pitchers — Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) and Mat Latos (left knee) — on the 15-day disabled list.

Tom Koehler will start for the Marlins on Sunday as the team concludes its 10-game homestand. David Phelps will start on Monday as the Marlins start a six-game road trip with a series against Pittsburgh.

The first day the Marlins would need another starter beyond the three currently in the rotation — Dan Haren, Koehler and Phelps — would be Tuesday.

That’s when the Marlins could call up top prospects Justin Nicolino and Jose Urena. Urena is more likely because he is more rested.

Jennings didn’t mention those two 23-year-olds by name, but he didn’t have to.

“There are a couple of guys down there that everybody knows,” Jennings said. “Those guys will be discussed. It will be an interesting discussion as to what is best for us right now.”

If the Marlins want another, more experienced option, they could turn to left-hander Brad Hand, who does not have impressive numbers out of the bullpen this season (5.64 ERA) but does have 31 career big-league starts.

Nicolino, a left-hander, is 41-15 with a 2.59 ERA in the minors since turning pro in 2011.

This year, Nicolino was 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA prior to his start on Saturday night, which was his ninth of the season at New Orleans.

Urena, a right-hander, is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in six starts at New Orleans and has not pitched since Monday. He did not fare well in two appearances with the Marlins this year, compiling a 9.00 ERA in three innings.

WELCOME TO MIAMI

The rental car Orioles manager Buck Showalter used to get to Marlins Park on Friday had GPS — but in Spanish.

“I pride myself on knowing my share of Spanish,” said Showalter, who thought he could follow along with no issues. “Big mistake. … I saw parts of Miami y’all don’t get to see.”

PASSING THE BABE

Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki had an interesting response when asked about his second-inning single on Friday, which allowed him to pass Babe Ruth for 42nd place on baseball’s career hits list.

“I’m happy, but I think it’s almost rude for me to be able to say I have as many hits as him because we’re so different,” Ichiro said after he got hit No.2,874. “If it were home runs, then that would be something.”

COMING UP

▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Koehler (2-3, 3.70 ERA) vs. Baltimore Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez (5-2, 3.24), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

▪ Monday: Marlins RHP Phelps (2-1, 3.21) at Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (season debut), 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.

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