In a corresponding move, the Marlins bring back reliever Tayron Guerrero from the I.L.
Austin Brice has been praised for his work in relief of late for the Miami Marlins. His performance has been so good, he has been the subject of potential trade talk as the MLB Trade Deadline approaches. Unfortunately, an injury will sideline him for a short period of time.
The Marlins have announced that Brice was placed on the 10-day I.L. for a right forearm flexor strain. The move was made retroactive to Sunday.
The news isn’t all bad as Tayron Guerrero has returned from injury to take his spot in the bullpen, giving the Marlins a hard-throwing reliever who can help continue the progression of the staff. Guerrero has been dealing with a right middle finger blister.
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"“Brice, 27, has been a big part of the ‘pen, showing his ability to throw multiple innings,” MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro wrote. “In 29 games, the righty is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA. He’s logged 38 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings while sporting a WHIP of 1.07.”"
The fact the Brice can become a long-reliever and an innings eater makes him a potential trade chip over the course of the next two weeks. There has been some speculation the Marlins may deal pitchers as well as veterans from their 25-man roster in return for hitters to aid the middle of their lineup. Brice, Jarlin Garcia, and Nick Anderson have all been mentioned as players who could move teams. The Marlins may also look to move closer Sergio Romo, who signed a one-year deal with the team. Despite his issues of late in the ‘pen, Adam Conley could also get some attention from contenders.
The injury is something that has lingered, Brice explained. The good news about the injury is no structural damage was revealed when he had an MRI earlier this week.
"“It’s been going on for a few days,” Brice said. “It’s just day-to-day stuff right now isn’t knocking out the inflammation. So I think the next step was the IL, a time for me to try to get the inflammation out and get healed up.”"
The last time Guerrero was on the mound for the Marlins was June 26. He suffered the blister on his throwing had and has not pitched in the Majors since. Guerrero throws a fastball that averages over 98 mph. He was 34 appearances this season, where he has logged 31 innings and 32 strikeouts. He is currently 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA.