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Miami starter may return from disabled list to pitch out of bullpen in closing weeks

When Adam Conley returns to the Marlins, he could be a key pitcher out of the bullpen

If Adam Conley is going to help the Miami Marlins’ in any way in the final week of the season, it may be from the bullpen and not the rotation. Conley, who has been on the shelf with tendinitis in the third finger of his throwing hand, could come off the disabled list in the next few days, if he does well in a simulated game as part of his rehab.

Joe Frisaro wrote in his story on MLB.com, even though Conley is a fixture in the rotation, when healthy, he projects to be used out of the bullpen to close out the season, because he didn't have time to build up his pitch count.

Conley has been on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with left third finger tendinitis, and his last start was on Aug. 13 in a no-decision against the White Sox. Now that the team has added to its roster through September call-ups, Conley could be most effective in relief. He started the season as the team’s No. 3 starter behind Jose Fernandez and Wei-Yin Chen.

"At this point for me, I think the biggest thing is just to eliminate any doubt or question mark with the health of my hand," Conley said. "If that means I just make an appearance before the season ends and all goes well, I think all of us are going to look at that as a victory."

Conley showed plenty of promise in the rotation, going 8-6 with a 3.94 ERA in 24 starts and 130 1/3 innings.

The 26-year-old was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 32nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of Olympia High School in Olympia, Washington. He did not sign and attended Washington State University. He was then drafted by the Florida Marlins in the second round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

Conley made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Marlins that year. He started the 2012 season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers and was promoted to the Jupiter Hammerheads during the season.

He played the 2013 season with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns and started 2014 in Triple-A for the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Conley made his major league debut on June 10, 2015.


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