Miami Marlins: Jarred Cosart Leaves Triple-A Start with Vertigo Symptoms

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Nothing has gone right for the Miami Marlins in 2015. From the front office terribly overvaluing their roster, to inconsistent play, to the injury bug that has hit the team repeatedly.

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Ironically, Jarred Cosart may fall into all three categories listed above, is having one of the roughest seasons of all the Marlins.

Cosart left his start for the New Orleans Zephyrs last night, at the time with an unknown injury. He had allowed 3 earned runs on 2 hits in 2 1/3 innings of work, walked 2 and striking out just 1.

The severity of the injury is unknown, but vertigo is no joke, as our own reader MsMambo (on Twitter) pointed out to Joe Frisaro on Twitter.

In every sense, Jarred Cosart has been a disappointment for the Miami Marlins in 2015. After overvaluing him last July and trading two top hitting prospects for his services, the team came into the season expecting Cosart to be their number 2 pitcher.

That did not pan out well. Cosart sported a 4.08 ERA and a 4.63 FIP in his first 7 starts (39 2/3 innings). He walked 14 and struck out just 24 in that span. He was placed on the DL on May 19th, and did not return to the majors until June 26th.

After nearly a month on the DL, Cosart returned to the minors to begin a rehab stint on June 11th. In his 3 rehab starts, Cosart posted a 3.94 ERA and a 5.01 FIP, struggling a lot with his command. Cosart struck out 13, but walked 8 hitters in those 13 rehab innings.

This forced the Marlins to consider, and then even use Cosart out of the bullpen upon his return on June 26th. That day, in relief of Justin Nicolino, Cosart pitched four not-so-great innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out and walking 3 a piece.

His next time out was as a starter again, on the fourth of July, where he could not get out of the second inning against the Chicago Cubs, allowing 7 earned runs on 4 hits, walking 3 and striking out just 2. He allowed two home runs, including a grand slam, to Cubs’ rookie Kris Bryant.

Cosart was optioned to the minor league after that start. He’s made two starts since his return to New Orelans, including last night. He’s walked 6 and struck out 4, allowing 5 earned runs on 5 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Not a lot has gone right for Cosart this season and it seems like the team that traded a ransom for his services last season and quickly soured on him, even demoting him to the bullpen and minor leagues on two separate occasions.

Not only should the Miami Marlins be worried about Cosart’s health, the team should be very concerned if he’s a long-term answer for the club. He sure hasn’t looked like one this season and now owns a 4.12 FIP and a 4.29 xFIP for his major league career.

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