Jarred Cosart was slated to start tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that won’t happen as the 24-year-old has instead been placed on the 15-day disabled list with vertigo, according to Fox Sports. The move is retroactive to May 14, as Cosart last pitched on May 13 at Dodger Stadium.
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Replacing Cosart on the mound tonight will be Tom Koehler, who recently shifted to the bullpen following the return of Henderson Alvarez. Koehler has made eight appearances this season (seven starts) and owns a 4.29 ERA and 4.87 FIP. He last pitched three scoreless innings of relief on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. He struck out four in his first bullpen appearance since 2013.
Cosart has fit right in with the underperforming Marlins starting staff this year. In seven starts his ERA is 4.08 and his FIP is 4.72, while he has struck out just 5.4 hitters per nine innings. After arriving in Miami at the 2014 trade deadline, Cosart shined in his 10 starts with a 2.39 ERA and 1.188 WHIP. That he hasn’t put up the same numbers this season is not exactly a shock, but his lackluster performance has contributed to the Marlins tremendously disappointing season so far.
New Marlins skipper Dan Jennings on the ailing, possibly dizzy hurler:
"“He’s had some inner ear infection, so we had him go see the doctor for the second time,” Jennings said of Cosart. “Earlier today was the report that we got. Just felt like with the inner ear he’s on medication but right now it was the right thing to do, 15-day DL. Luckily TK is stretched out and will be ready to go.”"
In a corresponding roster move, hard-throwing reliever Carter Capps was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. Capps has a 1.80 ERA in 13 games for the Zephyrs.
When it rains it really seems to pour for the 2015 Marlins. At least Henderson Alvarez is back, so the club won’t have to dip into the minor leagues to bring a starter up. Though you have to think it’s only a matter of time before the Justin Nicolino era begins. If Koehler’s start tonight doesn’t go well, the Marlins will have to take a good hard look in the mirror. At 16-22, they can’t continue to spin their wheels or this promising season will ultimately be a massive failure.
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