The Miami Marlins were already down one starting pitcher and now have to deal with yet another arm being placed on the disabled list.
The team announced on Friday Wei-Yin Chen was being placed disabled list with left arm fatigue and recalled right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move.
Despaigne will make his season debut on Saturday in Chen's place, opposite Mets right-hander Robert Gsellman in the second of a three-game series at Citi Field. Despaigne, who made 19 big league appearances in 2016, owns a 2.49 ERA in five starts across two Minor League levels this season.
A staff that had not been dominant so far this season took yet another hit. Pitching was an issue last season as Jose Fernandez was the workhorse of the staff and the other four starters struggled at times with control and injury issues. Fernandez’s passing in September forced the team to make changes to the staff, bringing in Edinson Volquez and Jeff Locke to compete for the spots in the rotation. Locke has been on the disabled list with tendinitis and Volquez was placed there for 10 days with a blister on the thumb of his throwing hand.
The Marlins did not need their staff looking like a MASH unit, especially in the middle of a stretch where the team has won two of their last 10 games and lost 8-7 to the Mets Friday night.
Per MLB.com, The club backdated Chen's disabled list stint to Tuesday, which would allow the lefty, who did not travel with the team to New York, to make his next scheduled start, tentatively scheduled for next Friday against the Braves. The club expects Chen to make that start.
"He threw his bullpen [Thursday]," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "To us, it looked pretty good, but he felt he couldn't make his next start. At that point, we were like, 'OK, send him back to Miami to see the doctors.' We kind of expect him to be able to make [his next start]. He kind of felt like it was dead. At that point, we had to send him out."