There’s been some local pro ballplayers in the news in the last week, so I wanted to give an update on what’s happening with a few at the major league level:
New Rochelle native Tom Koehler began the season with the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, but it didn’t take long for the right-handed pitcher to make it back to the bigs.
On Friday, the Marlins designated long reliever John Maine for assignment and recalled Koehler to fill that role. The former Huguenot made his major league debut with Miami last season, making eight appearances, including one start in the season finale against the New York Mets. Koehler went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA.
He’s been off to a strong start this year in New Orleans with a 1.06 ERA through three starts. He has struck out 14 and walked 10 in 17 innings while holding opponents to a .132 batting average.
“I’d like to have the walks down a little bit,” Koehler told the Sun Sentinel. “Other than that, I feel like I’m throwing the ball really well. I’ve been working on the stuff they wanted me to work on, commanding the fastball to both sides of the plate and really pitching off it. I have secondary pitches, but sometimes I throw them a little too often when the fastball is good enough to get guys out.”
Miami manager Mike Redmond has said that Koehler will be used as a long reliever and emergency starter, but with the struggles of this club (the Marlins were 4-15 coming into Monday), Koehler should have an opportunity to work his way into the rotation if he performs well.
Mastroianni lands on 15-day DL: Bedford native Darin Mastroianni started the year in the majors as a backup outfielder for the Minnesota Twins, but the former Fox Lane standout was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a stress reaction in his left ankle. Mastroianni is expected to miss three weeks.
In limited playing time, he was hitting .222 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base. Mastroianni started two games and was often used as a late-inning defensive replacement, but there was a prevailing thought that he might be in line to receive more playing time. Rookie CF Aaron Hicks has struggled mightily in his first season, and Mastroianni would have been the likely beneficiary had Hicks been benched.
Weiss off to a great start with Colorado: Suffern native Walt Weiss was hired in the offseason to manage the Colorado Rockies, and the results thus far have been extremely encouraging.
Under Weiss, the Rockies are sitting in first place in the NL West at 13-5, having won eight of their last 10. As Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote last week, Weiss’ hiring in the offseason was met with some criticism due to his lack of managerial experience, but he’s quieted the critics thus far.
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