Marlins move back to five-man rotation

Marlins move back to five-man rotation

Marlins move back to five-man rotation
NEW YORK -- For the homestretch, the Marlins are going back to a five-man rotation.

After being with a six-man staff for a few weeks, left-hander Wade LeBlanc is back in the bullpen. Everyone else is being pushed up a day.

LeBlanc threw an inning of relief on Friday night in Miami's 7-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.

LeBlanc was lined up to start on Tuesday at Atlanta. But now, Josh Johnson will move into that slot.

"For me, it was for the rest period," pitching coach Randy St. Claire said. "Pitching once every eight days or every seven days, it was hard to stay sharp."

The rotation shapes up now with Mark Buehrle pitching Saturday at New York, and Ricky Nolasco starting the series finale on Sunday.

Miami is off on Monday, before opening a three-game set at Atlanta. For the Braves' series, the Marlins will go with Nathan Eovaldi (Tuesday), Johnson (Wednesday) and Jacob Turner (Thursday).

"With the two off-days we are getting right now, a couple of them were going eight days, and seven every time out," St. Claire said.