Another Miami Marlins player hit the disabled list on Monday afternoon, as the Miami Marlins announced right-handed reliever Bryan Morris was headed to the DL with a lower back strain. The team recalled lefty prospect Adam Conley in his place, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
Morris left the Marlins loss early on Saturday after just facing three hitters. His exit allowed the major league debut of prospect Kendry Flores, who the Marlins acquired for Casey McGehee this past off-season.
Morris’ injury is a blow to the Marlins, despite his up-and-down season. Morris owns a 3.95 ERA and a 3.63 FIP in 27 innings of work. The Marlins have called upon Morris a staggering 28 times this season.
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As we saw with Christian Yelich earlier this season, a back injury really does impede how much of an impact a player can make on a game. The Marlins will be hoping that Morris’ stint on the DL will only be for the 15 alloted days. Morris joins Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Jarred Cosart, Mat Latos, and Michael Morse as Marlins currently on the DL.
To take the place of Bryan Morris, the Miami Marlins have promoted left-handed prospect Adam Conley to the majors. Conley will join Mike Dunn as a left hander in the Marlins pen, something the team has lacked of late with Brad Hand in the rotation.
Conley, who missed significant time last season and struggled in his first go around in Triple-A, got off to a slow start to the season.
On the season, Conley owns a nice 3.05 ERA, but his FIP is a less attractive 4.24 in 59 innings of work. However, over his past 5 starts, he’s been much better, as I tweeted out on Saturday.
Conley last pitched on Friday, striking out 8 and walking just one over 7 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 3 earned runs over those 7+ innings. It’s unknown if he will be available today, on just three days rest. But if he’s working in the bullpen, he very well could be.
Aside from Mike Dunn and Brad Hand, Adam Conley is the only left hander on the Marlins 40-man roster. With the team working with just one left hander in the pen, he was the logical choice to be called up. The Marlins will continue with a 4-man bench for the time being, especially since they have the designated hitter available to them for their 3-game set in Toronto.
Conley’s first stint in the majors should be a short one, as he could be demoted after the series for a 5th bench player or when Jarred Cosart returns from his DL stint some time this week or next.