ATLANTA — To make room for Henderson Alvarez on the roster and in the team’s starting rotation, the Marlins optioned rookie Tom Koehler to Triple A New Orleans.Alvarez made his first start of the season Thursday after returning from a stint on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.Koehler had been in the rotation since May 12 and made 10 starts, going 1-5 with a 4.70 ERA. In his last start Tuesday, Koehler finished with a no-decision after pitching five innings and allowing three runs, two earned.Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Koehler would continue to start for the time being at New Orleans.“I thought Tom did a good job when he was here, giving us some flexibility where he could start and come in out of the bullpen,” Redmond said. “He got some valuable experience. He threw the ball well and threw strikes and did all the things we talked about in spring training that he needed to do to be successful. He got some opportunities because guys were hurt, but now guys are coming back.”
“Jonnylons” has been a life-long Marlins fan – which isn’t hard since they’ve only been around in since ’93 and he’s been around a bit longer. He founded MarlinsNation.com in order to provide a voice to Marlins fans on the internet which he started when he was up in Tallahassee at Florida State and was stranded with no Marlins games on TV up in that market.