Marlins option struggling Andrew Heaney back to Triple-A

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Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney allowed five more runs over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday afternoon’s start against the Cardinals, bumping his ERA up to 6.53 over four starts spanning 20 2/3 innings. As a result, the Marlins have optioned him back to Triple-A New Orleans, the team announced.

Heaney, 23, was rated the #29 overall prospect by MLB.com and #30 by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus entering the season. He had a good major league debut, holding the Mets to one run over six innings, but followed that up by allowing five runs to the Phillies and four to the Athletics prior to Saturday’s start.

The Marlins made some additional roster moves as well, reinstating starter Tom Koehler from the paternity leave list and activating shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the disabled list. Outfielder Jake Marisnick was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans.

Rockies activate Ian Desmond from the disabled list

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The Rockies activated first baseman Ian Desmond from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, the club announced. Cristhian Adames was designated for assignment to create roster space. Desmond is in Sunday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks, batting sixth.

Desmond, 31, signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies in December. In March, he was unfortunately hit by a pitch and suffered a broken left hand. He underwent surgery to repair the damage.

Desmond had been playing in extended spring training as a precursor to rehab games, but he looked so good that the Rockies decided to activate him from the disabled list a little early.

Aaron Sanchez exits game after one inning with a split fingernail

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This wasn’t how Aaron Sanchez was supposed to make his triumphant return from the disabled list. The Blue Jays’ right-hander was activated for his first start on Sunday after undergoing a minor surgical procedure to have part of his fingernail removed. According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the surgery should have accelerated the healing process for a troublesome blister, and the team appeared confident in the right-hander’s ability to take the mound for the tail end of their homestand. Instead, Sanchez lasted just 13 pitches before exiting the game with a split nail on his right middle finger.

The team has yet to address Sanchez’s revised timetable for return, but Chisholm points out that they should be able to roll with their current rotation through May 9. If he sits out longer, the Jays could turn to left-hander J.A. Happ, who should be eligible to start sometime next month after he makes a full recovery from a bout of left elbow inflammation.

Sanchez, 24, entered Sunday with a 4.38 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.6 SO/9 through 12 1/3 innings with Toronto. He was replaced by right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera in the top of the second inning.