Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, the Marlins announced on Thursday. It was originally believed that Koehler had been sent to Triple-A New Orleans until the Sun Sentinel reported the misconception.
“[The injury] usually requires a steroid injection, therapy and performance training,” Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon, said. “He should be out anywhere from one to four weeks to return to the field depending on severity.”
The original report of the veterans demotion was believable considering his 7.04 ERA thru eight starts this season. The Stony Brook University graduate has been a fixture in the Marlins pitching rotation since 2013. However, he is struggling in 2017, and he is a free agent at the end of the season.
The Marlins called up Odrisamer Despaigne from Triple-A to take Koehler’s spot on the roster. Despaigne is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA after his lone start this season, but has 17 strikeouts and a 3.51 ERA in six starts in the minor leagues this season. However, Marlins manager Don Mattingly did not confirm that Despaigne would take Koehler’s spot in the lineup.
David Phelps is also an option for the Marlins. He has made 24 starts for the Marlins in the past two seasons but has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2017. The Marlins would keep him in the starting rotation for the rest of the year if the team chooses to go that route, as first reported by Ethan Bauer of the Miami Herald. Phelps has a 4.05 ERA in 18 appearances out of the bullpen this season.
Justin Nicolino is the new interesting name to add in Miami. He replaced Wei Yin Chen in the rotation when he went down recently. Nicolino allowed just one run in six innings on the mound against the Braves earlier this week.
Koehler has not been fantasy relevant this season, so this does not shake up the fantasy baseball world. Despaigne or Phelps should make a few starts off fantasy owner’s radars until Koehler returns to the mound sometime in June.