Marlins promote Jo-Jo; lose Clemens to SD on waivers

Marlins promote Jo-Jo; lose Clemens to SD on waivers

DETROIT -- The Marlins added some bullpen depth on Tuesday and also lost a spot starter. The club selected the contract of lefty Jo-Jo Reyes, but right-hander Paul Clemens was claimed off waivers by the Padres.

Clemens made two starts with the Marlins, including a win over the Cubs on Saturday. On Monday, Miami placed him on waivers in hopes he would clear, so he could be outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.

The Padres, however, decided to take a chance on Clemens, who has pitched most of the season at New Orleans. On Saturday, Clemens picked up his first MLB win as a starter, taking a 9-6 decision against John Lackey. In 10 innings overall, Clemens surrendered five home runs.

"We were hoping we'd catch fire with Paul a little bit," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He was throwing the ball good in the Minor Leagues. He obviously got a win the other day. Obviously, it wasn't what we were looking for. He went five in both games. Both kind of battles. We like his stuff, but we wanted to go a different direction."

Clemens escapes a jam

Reyes will be used in the bullpen, and the Marlins must still decide who will fill their fifth-starter role, which comes up Friday at Atlanta. Lefty Justin Nicolino, who was replaced by Clemens in the rotation, is a possibility to return from Triple-A.

Reyes, 31, has pitched for 14 teams in the Minor Leagues, and the Marlins are his fifth Major League team. The lefty has been throwing in relief at New Orleans this year, and in 22 appearances, he posted a 4.17 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 11 walks in 36 2/3 innings.

Reyes has appeared in 71 big league games, 62 of them as a starter. In 2011, he made a career-high 25 starts with the Blue Jays and Orioles. He previously pitched in the Major Leagues with the Angels last season, picking up the win after tossing just one-third of an inning.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.