Marlins void Tom Koehler’s demotion and put him on DL instead

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 12: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler (34) throws a pitch during first inning in a game of the 2017 season between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves on April 12, 2017 at Marlins Park, in Miami, FL (Photo by Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)
(Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire)

The Miami Marlins voided the demotion of right-hander Tom Koehler on Thursday and instead placed him on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder bursitis.

The Marlins on Tuesday announced they were going to option the struggling right-hander to Triple-A New Orleans, after allowing eight runs on seven hits through two innings to the Houston Astros. His ERA currently sits at a career-worst 7.04 ERA through eight starts.

“Command has been his biggest issue,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “They seem to jump the first fastball they get and after that it’s kind of the breaking ball in general. It was pretty quiet honestly. Tom’s a pro. He handled it. … The one acknowledgment is this has got to get better. It’s as simple as that.”

Koehler, 30, was taken by the Marlins in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Stony Brook and has spent most of the last six seasons in the majors with them. He’s made at least 30 starts in each of the last three seasons, including last year when he went 9-13 with a 4.33 ERA in a career-high 33 starts.

Koehler has allowed 10 home runs in 38.1 innings pitched this year and has 19 walks to go with 31 strikeouts.

“I’ll try to make this stint as short as possible,” Koehler said Tuesday when faced with the demotion. “I’ve thrown a lot of innings in the big leagues. I’ve had success. I know what needs to be done but this wasn’t getting it done. I have to find a way to get back to myself. If the team is to get where it wants to get to I need to be part of that. I have to find a way to right the ship.”

To Top