A day off provided an opportunity for the Miami Marlins to make some alterations to a starting rotation that remains in flux.
Right-hander Tom Koehler will leapfrog lefty Wei-Yin Chen and start Wednesday's finale of the two-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Chen will start the opener of the four-game series against Atlanta on Thursday.
In addition, Paul Clemens' tenure ended after two starts as the journeyman was claimed on waivers by the San Diego Padres. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, another veteran who has been on the fringes of the big leagues for many years, was selected from Triple-A New Orleans and will work out of the bullpen.
Manager Don Mattingly hasn't announced who will take the spot in the rotation vacated by Clemens on Friday. It could be a return of Justin Nicolino, who had two solid outings for the Zephyrs since being sent down.
The flip-flop of Koehler and Chen made sense in light of the opponents. Chen was hit hard on Opening Day at Marlins Park by the Tigers with a lineup heavily weighted with right-handed hitters. He gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings in a rocky Marlins debut, although he did not figure in the decision.
"It was really more for us a chance to give him a little bit of a breather," Mattingly said. "But Atlanta is just stacked with lefties. These guys [Tigers] are stacked with righties. Who knows if it works. But it made a little bit of sense to flip those two guys, and it also separates our lefties, which is something we wanted to get [Chen] and [Adam] Conley out of back to back [in the rotation]."
Mattingly said that Clemens did not work out in what remains a trouble spot in the rotation. Although he got his first major league win in a 9-6 decision over John Lackey and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, Clemens allowed five home runs in 10 innings over two starts.
His ledger included 11 hits and seven earned runs for a 6.30 ERA.
"We were hoping we'd catch fire with Paul a little bit," Mattingly said. "He was throwing the ball good in the minor leagues. He got a win the other day, but obviously it wasn't what we were looking for. He went five in both of those games, both kind of battles."
The Marlins were hoping Clemens would pass through waivers in order to return him to New Orleans. The Padres nixed that plan.
Reyes, 31, has a 13-26 mark with a 6.04 ERA in parts of six seasons, including 62 starts, with four teams.
His career is the definition of journeyman as he has played for 14 minor league teams since 2003, and also pitched in the Mexican and Korean leagues.
Center fielder Marcell Ozuna was back in the lineup Tuesday after missing two games with a sore left wrist.
Ozuna said he felt pain during batting practice Friday. He played that night, but was held out of the remainder of the series against the Cubs.
"In 2010 I broke my wrist. Maybe it's part of that pain now," he said, adding he began feeling better Sunday and had no pain when he swung in the cage before Tuesday's game.
"If he didn't feel 100 percent I wouldn't want him back in there," Mattingly said. "Hopefully he's telling us the truth that he's fine."
Naylor in Futures
Josh Naylor, the Marlins' No. 1 pick in the 2015 amateur draft, has been selected to play on the World Squad in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park on July 10.
Naylor, from Mississauga, Ontario, is batting .257 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 63 games Class A Greensboro. He recently served a 10-game suspension for cutting teammate Stone Garrett on the thumb with a knife, which required surgery. The incident was described as a prank gone bad.