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SUNDAY SURPRISE

 

The Marlins have not determined who will start Sunday's series finale against the Angels in place of Josh Beckett (blister), but chances are it will be a familiar face. If they don't re-insert Al Leiter into the rotation, the Marlins will likely recall right-hander Nate Bump from Triple-A Albuquerque.

 

Beckett, who developed another blister during his outing Tuesday, has not been placed on the disabled list. The Marlins will re-evaluate him today before making that call, but he will miss at least one start.

 

Sent to the minors last week to work as a starter and develop a cutter, Bump was impressive in his first outing Monday at Nashville, where he allowed one run on four hits through five innings. He struck out six without walking a batter.

 

Before his demotion, Bump was 0-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 21 appearances. He had a 3.03 mark until taking the loss in each of his last two games at Pittsburgh and Washington. Opponents hit .267 with three homers in 252/3 innings against Bump.

 

Last season, Bump was given a chance to make a couple of spot starts, taking a no-decision on July 20 against the Mets at Shea Stadium and a home loss to the Expos on Sept. 15. He did not pitch into the fourth inning in either game

 

The Marlins gave some thought to promoting Scott Olsen, their top pitching prospect, out of Double-A Carolina. Scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Mudcats, Olsen is coming off a rough outing against Jacksonville on Tuesday, when he gave up seven runs on seven hits (two homers) in 32/3 innings. Known for his fiery demeanor, Olsen was ejected after hitting a batter following the two homers. That resulted in a three-game suspension he is currently serving.

 

Before Tuesday's debacle, Olsen, 21, was 5-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 12 starts. The Marlins have been impressed with his maturity.

 

 

 

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basebal...-sports-marlins

 

The other thing I found interesting was the blurb about the Marlins being impressed with Olsen's maturity, especially since it contradicts what someone said earlier about him being trade bait because the Marlins FO was fed up with his attitude.

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What can it hurt to give Olsen a shot?

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We don't want to rush him, he's not major league ready yet, bringing him up knowing that he'll most likely get destroyed will just kill his confidence and morale like it did with Logan Kensing.

 

Then again, we all thought D-Train wasn't major league ready either when we called him up, so you've gotta take risks.

 

Either way though, I would absolutely not call up Scott Olsen especially at the expense of Al Leiter who is ready to go. Even though he's been horrible this year, on the road Leiter has actually done fairly well, I have no problem letting him start.

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What can it hurt to give Olsen a shot?

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Obviously the organization does not feel Olsen has both the present ability and mental makeup to adjust to the majors as well as Kensing or Bazardo.

 

 

 

P.S. Now it's a cutter that Nate is working on??? Prior reports mentioned refining his slider.

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