Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant may have single-handedly resulted in Marlins starter Jarred Cosart’s demotion to Triple-A following Saturday’s game at Wrigley Field. Cosart lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Six of those runs came on two Kris Bryant home runs: a two-run shot in the first inning, and a grand slam in the second. Cosart also issued a bases-loaded walk to Dexter Fowler.
Cosart has been hampered by a hamstring injury and a bout with vertigo during the season. Saturday’s start was only his ninth of the season. He heads to Triple-A New Orleans, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, ahead of the Marlins’ activation of Michael Morse, which will come on Sunday. Morse has been sidelined since May 23 with a sprained finger and also suffered a back injury during his rehab, slowing his return.
Miami has placed first baseman Michael Morse on the disabled list with a sprained right ring finger.
Morse hasn’t played since May 21, although it’s unclear how much of that was due to the finger injury and how much was simply the Marlins preferring to play rookie Justin Bour at first base.
Signed to a two-year, $16 million deal this offseason, Morse has hit just .211 with two homers and a .557 OPS in 37 games. Bour is far from a top prospect or really any kind of prospect at age 27, but he’s thrived early on in the majors after hitting .303 with 19 homers and an .874 OPS in 117 games at Triple-A.
Marlins closer Steve Cishek blew four of his first seven save chances, part of the reason why the Marlins got off to a 16-22 start under manager Mike Redmond before he was fired on May 17. Things haven’t gone much better since then, as the Marlins entered Saturday’s game against the Orioles on an eight-game losing streak, five have come under GM-turned-manager Dan Jennings.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that, before Redmond was fired, the Marlins had some interest in trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. The club is 16-27 now, 9.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The Marlins may not even consider themselves buyers anymore and may instead pawn of veterans including Dan Haren, Mike Dunn, and and Michael Morse leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
Papelbon, 34, would have been and would still be an upgrade in the Marlins’ bullpen. The veteran has gotten the save in all 11 opportunities while posting a 1.50 ERA with a 23/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. He’s owed $13 million for the 2015 season and his 2016 option worth $13 million will vest if he finishes 31 more games between now and the end of the season. (It vests with 100 combined games finished between 2014-15. He had 52 last season and has 17 so far this season.)