Called up to help taxed bullpen, hurlers each toss two scoreless innings
By Steve Wilaj
MIAMI -- With the bullpen seeking help after five relievers were used in Friday night's 11-inning loss, the Marlins were hoping Adam Conley and Chris Reed -- recalled from Triple-A New Orleans -- could provide some assistance on Saturday.
The 25-year-old lefties did just that, as each tossed two scoreless innings in the Marlins' 5-3 loss to the Padres at Marlins Park.
Conley -- making his third stint with Miami this season -- pitched the sixth and seventh in relief of starter Jose Urena, while Reed pitched the eighth and ninth in his Major League debut.
"Tonight was a heck of a start for these two kids to come in here," manager Dan Jennings said. "We've seen Conley here before, and he picked up right where he left off. And it was really a [heck] of a debut for Reed to come in and do what he did."
Conley last pitched for the Marlins on July 11, when he made a spot start and earned his first Major League victory against the Reds by allowing two earned runs in five innings. On Saturday, it took him 30 pitches to get through two innings. He hit one batter and didn't allow a base hit.
"It was just good to see him come in and fill up the strike zone," Jennings said. "I thought he used the changeup very effective tonight and he's definitely on the map."
Said Conley prior to the game: "I don't know what kind of opportunity I'll have or how much time or whatever. I'm not gonna focus too much on that, but just on doing my job and helping these guys out up here and kind of letting the rest take care of itself."
Reed also cruised through his two innings, surrendering just one hit. A first-round pick of the Dodgers in 2011, he was acquired by Miami from Los Angeles on July 15 for Grant Dayton, and he made five appearances in New Orleans, allowing one earned run in 6 1/3 innings.
"Chris Reed's debut was outstanding to see and watch him throw that way," Jennings said. "They gave us four innings there and one hit and one strikeout. It was a great sign to see those two kids come up and fill in when we needed some innings in that bullpen. They did a great job."
As a result of Reed and Conley both getting recalled, catcher Tomas Telis -- acquired from the Rangers on Friday in a trade for reliever Sam Dyson -- was optioned to New Orleans. However, Jennings said prior to Saturday's contest that the 24-year-old switch-hitting catcher, who was 2-for-11 in six games with Texas and .291 in 70 games at Triple-A Round Rock this season, will "absolutely" be recalled soon.
The Marlins also still have to fill an open spot in the rotation left by Dan Haren, who was traded to the Cubs on Friday. Jennings said lefty Brad Hand (1-2, 5.12 ERA) was the favorite to fill the slot, which comes up on Tuesday. Hand has made three starts this season, going 1-1 while allowing eight earned runs in 11 2/3 innings.
Conley -- who has been a starter his whole professional career -- may be working his way into the argument, however, especially with Saturday's performance.
"[Pitching coach] Chuck [Hernandez] and I will have that conversation and determine where his best role is at with the way we're currently constructed," Jennings said.
Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.