By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami Marlins announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior to tonight’s game against the Montgomery Biscuits at 7:05 p.m. at Bragan Field.
Right-handed pitcher Kendry Flores has been promoted from the Suns to the major league Miami Marlins. Flores is the first Sun to go directly to Miami in 2015, and the first to make the Jacksonville to Miami move since J.T. Realmuto at the end of the 2014 Southern League playoffs.
Flores made nine starts for the Suns, going 3-3 with a 2.06 ERA in 56 and two-thirds innings of work. Also during that time, he struck out 46 batters compared to 15 walks. At the time of his promotion, Flores was third in the Southern League in ERA (2.06), first in WHIP (0.85), first in batting average against (.172), and among starting pitchers – fewest baserunners per nine innings (7.94).
This is the first season for the Azua, Dominican Republic native in the Marlins organization. He was acquired by the Marlins as part of the trade that sent third baseman Casey McGehee to San Francisco last December, and since he was on the Marlins 40-man roster, he is being recalled to Miami.
Steve Cishek returns to Jacksonville.
In a corresponding move, right-handed relief pitcher Steve Cishek has been optioned from the Miami Marlins to Double-A Jacksonville. Cishek (pronounced SEE-sheck) has pitched in 19 games for the Marlins in 2015, going 1-5 with a 6.98 ERA in 19.1 third innings pitched. Cishek also has three saves for the Marlins along with four blown saves.
“This was an organization decision … to take him out of the spotlight of the major leagues and let him go get mechanically ironed out, so when he does come back in a short time that he’ll be ready to go and ready to help,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said following Monday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs in Miami.
“He’s always a pro. He’s upbeat. He’s positive. And he feels like he’s very close to mechanically to getting ironed out to where he can help. We still believe in him and who he is and what he’s done.”
Cishek has pitched in the majors for the Marlins since 2010, and in parts of six seasons is 16-19 with a 2.96 ERA along with 94 saves. Last year Cishek finished his second full season as the Marlins closer, collecting 39 saves in 43 opportunities. Among National League closers, Cishek in 2014 was tied for fourth in save percentage (90.7), and tied for fifth in saves. Cishek is third all-time in Marlins history with 94 career saves. He has twice been a National League co-Player of the Week (July 21-27, 2014, July 22-28, 2013).
Cishek is a former Jacksonville Sun, pitching in 22 games in relief for Jacksonville during the 2010 Southern League championship season. Cishek went 3-1 with a 4.31 ERA and had two saves for the Suns in 2010, and Cishek also pitched in one game during the S.L. playoffs as Jacksonville won its second straight Southern League title.
Cishek, a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts, was selected by the Marlins in the fifth round of the 2007 draft out of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players plus catcher Jeff Mathis on his rehab assignment, and a revised roster is attached.
The Suns and Biscuits will square off again Tuesday night from Bragan Field with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The Suns will send out righty Jake Esch (3-3, 3.04 ERA) while the Biscuits will counter with right-hander Jared Mortensen (3-3, 3.27 ERA).
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Suns fans can also listen to Tuesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 100.3 FM “The Answer” or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET
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