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 Biloxi Shuckers at 3:05 p.m. at Bragan Field.
Miami Marlins right-handed relief pitcher Bryan Morris has had his major league rehab assignment transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. Morris, who was placed on the disabled list on June 7 with a lower back strain, had pitched in three games with Jupiter where he had no wins or losses and a 7.71 ERA (2 ER/2.1 IP).
Morris joins a long list of 2015 Marlins that have appeared for the Suns: catcher Jeff Mathis, pitchers Steve Cishek, Jarred Cosart, Jose Fernandez, and first baseman Michael Morse.
Morris earlier this season for the Marlins was 3-1 with a 3.95 ERA in 28 appearances out of the Miami bullpen. Morris, 28, was acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Miami’s competitive balance round A selection (39th overall pick) for the 2014 draft. The trade was completed on June 1, 2014.
Morris started the 2014 season with the Pirates where he was 4-0 with a 3.80 ERA in 21 outings for Pittsburgh prior to the trade. After he came to the Marlins, he went 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA (3 ER/40.2 IP). That was the lowest ERA for any reliever in the majors after June 1, and overall his 1.82 ERA was sixth best among National League relievers and the 15th best in the majors. His 2014 season ended early with a right groin strain, he made his last appearance on September 9.
Morris made his major league debut for the Pirates in 2012 pitching in just five games, but in 2013 he was 5-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 55 appearances. Overall in parts of four major league seasons, Morris has a career record of 16-9 with a 2.84 ERA in 148 games pitched in relief.
Morris was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round (26th overall pick) of the 2006 draft out of Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg, Tennessee. In 2008 Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Andy LaRoche to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Boston Red Sox sent Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Boston Red Sox sent Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox.
Additionally, Suns infielder Austin Nola has been transferred from the Suns to Triple-A New Orleans. Nola was hitting .211 with a homer and 26 RBI in 69 games played for Jacksonville this season. A key member of the 2014 Southern League Champion Suns, Nola in two Jacksonville seasons hit .242 with two homers and 79 RBI in 203 games played. Nola, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was selected by the Marlins in the 5th round of the 2012 draft out of LSU.
The Suns roster now stands at 24 active players, plus Morris and Jose Fernandez on their rehab assignments, and a revised roster is attached.
The Suns and Shuckers will continue their series on Sunday afternoon with a first pitch set for 3:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field. The Suns will send out right-hander Trevor Williams (3-7, 4.23 ERA) while the Shuckers will counter with let-hander Hobbs Johnson (4-4, 3.61 ERA).
Sunday is Family Faith Day, Racing Day, Kids Run the Bases & Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure! Join us for Family Faith Day and a special post-game concert from several local congregations band’s and choirs! It’s also Racing Day and be sure to register for your chance to win one of our great prizes including tickets to the Coke Zero 400, courtesy of Coca Cola & 97.9 KISS-FM! Plus see the #13 Geico Car driven by Casey Mears which will be on hand! Plus join us as we raise awareness of prostate cancer with Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure. Plus after the game and before the concert all kids can run the bases, courtesy of VyStar Credit Union!
Suns fans can also listen to Sunday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 102.3 FM “The Beach” or through http://www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 2:35 p.m. ET.
The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.