I speculated last week that New Rochelle grad Tom Koehler could be in line for a call-up with the Miami Marlins when rosters expanded on September 1. Well, the Marlins waited a day, but on Sunday they announced that Koehler has officially been added to the roster. For the first time in his career, the 26-year-old right-hander will don a major league uniform. He was one of only two players that Miami decided to promote after going 12-11 with a 4.17 ERA with Triple-A New Orleans this summer.
I exchanged texts with Koehler yesterday, who couldn’t tell me anything officially except that he was boarding a plane. Miami just began a 1 p.m. game at home against the Mets, who have jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Marlins. Could Koehler possibly come in as a long reliever? I’ll keep an eye on it.
UPDATE: Here is the link to my story on Koehler’s promotion from today’s paper. He never did get into yesterday’s game against the Mets, but he’s expected to be used out of the bullpen, so we should see him any day now.
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