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The Marlins are watching Andrew Heaney’s innings with an eye on September

Jun 12, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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Interesting note here from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, as Marlins top prospect left-hander Andrew Heaney was a healthy scratch from his start tonight with Triple-A New Orleans. No, it’s not for a call-up, but rather because the Marlins want to make sure he’s still available if they are still in contention in September.

“We decided a few weeks ago we were going to skip a start here and there (with Heaney),” said Marty Scott, the Marlins’ vice president of player development. “This is the first of several. We’ll probably do this again in July and one more time in August.”

“This way, we don’t have to worry about shutting him down in September,” Scott said. “If we don’t let him skip a couple of starts and rest up and guard these innings, we’d have to shut him down in September, and that’s something we don’t want to do. We don’t want to have to shut him down in the middle of a pennant race.”

Heaney, selected No. 9 overall in 2012, was limited to just 95 1/3 innings last season between High-A and Double-A due to a lat strain. The Marlins expect to shut him down after 160-170 innings this season. The 23-year-old has already thrown 76 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season while posting an excellent 2.47 ERA to go along with 79 strikeouts and 15 walks. His recent promotion to Triple-A hasn’t phased him, so look for him to reach the majors soon.

Don’t laugh about the thought of the Marlins contending this season. Even though ace Jose Fernandez is done for the season after Tommy John surgery, Miami owns a surprising 34-31 record and currently holds one of the Wild Card spots in the National League. This year, it feels like anything is possible.

  1. jss1330 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    I would like to get Fleisig’s takeon this method. I would imagine the 60 to 70 innings increase would trump everything else.

  2. johnnysoda - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    If you’re gonna have him pitch only down the stretch, but not in the postseason, you might as well wait until 2015.

    • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      That was the Gnats. This is the Feesh. If by some miracle they’re still in it, he will pitch. Count on it.

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    With how bad the NL East has been so far, anything really is possible in this division.

    • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      You would be right even if you were clean, sober and hadn’t just retched all over yourself.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Some sobering numbers for Feesh fans who think a miracle is upon us: since El Keed got hurt on May 9, the rotation is 9-12, 4.64 ERA. Before he went down, they were 11-8, 3.22 ERA. Only Henderson Alvarez has stepped up. He was 2-2, 2.62 ERA before May 9, but has gone 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA since, whereas the Feesh are 5-1 in the games he started. This means that with six starts, the boolpen has blown four of them. These numbers don’t play out very encouragingly over the rest of the season. Jacob Turner has been awful with his nearly 7 ERA. It is a good bet you’ll see Turner shunted to long relief as soon as Brad Hand is ready to come back, at least for the time being. Tom Koehler has developed a Fukushima-scale case of the middle inning meltdowns over the last few weeks, and if he doesn’t recover his focus he’s a good bet to be shifted to long relief as well. I suspect that the Feesh would move Kevin Slowey back into the rotation to replace Turner and they have some other options squirreled away between the cows, pigs and chickens if they want to keep Heaney on ice for a few more weeks or months. As things stand, though, the peetching is showing wear and tear already. Scrooge McLoria must be up late nights worrying that he’s going to have to cut some checks if he wants to hold the season together.

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