"He's got the stuff," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's got a good fastball and curveball. I know he'll compete in any situation we put him in. So we'll see going forward where we can mix him in. But you saw today, he came in with first and second and got out of it. It's the type of stuff he has."
Koehler threw three innings of scoreless relief, striking out four, in the Marlins' 5-3 loss to the Braves on Saturday at Marlins Park. He was rushed into action in the fourth inning when starter Mat Latos was struck on the left shin by Cameron Maybin's comeback liner.
The Marlins are reshuffling their pitching, and Koehler, who made 32 starts last year and seven this season, was asked to go to the bullpen. Initially, he was set to start on Sunday, but the club will reinstate Henderson Alvarez from the disabled list, and the Opening Day starter will get the nod.
Saturday was Koehler's first relief appearance since May 6, 2013, at San Diego.
"I don't know if this is a permanent move or if it's temporary," Koehler said. "We haven't had too much discussion on the whole thing. They informed me [Friday]. It's still fresh to me too. Bottom line is, you've still got to get guys out, whether it's for three innings or 18. It's the way I'm going to look at it. My mentality's not going to change in that regard."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.