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Koehler to take LeBlanc’s place in the rotation


The Miami Marlins have announced that right-hander Tom Koehler will start on Sunday in place of left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who’ll be heading and joining Mike Dunn as the only two left-handers in the bullpen.

LeBlanc has been terrible as a starter this season. In seven games, he has 0-5 record with a 6.11 ERA, 6.4 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 35 1/3 innings. I feel like he’s better off as reliever. Last year, he posted a 2.53 ERA while striking out 16 batters in 16 games from the bullpen.

Koehler, who will make his second start of his career, spent most of his minor league career as a starter.

In 2012, he went 12-11 with a 4.17 ERA in 151 innings over the course of 27 starts at Triple-A . His best season was in 2010, where he had a 16-2 record while posting a 2.61 ERA in 158 2/3 innings at Double-A.