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DeSclafani to make debut for Marlins

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LOS ANGELES -- Miami Marlins pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will make his major league debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

DeSclafani will start for injured right-hander Jose Fernandez, who is done for the season with a right ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow. DeSclafani was part of a 11-player trade between the Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays in 2012 that included infielder Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buerhle and right-hander Josh Johnson.

"We're excited to bring him to the big leagues and give him an opportunity to pitch at Dodger Stadium," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday. "We felt like he's a guy that's done well in the minor leagues and felt like he was the most ready of all the guys."

Redmond said DeScalani has "tremendous upside."

"He's probably, out of all our young guys, because he was a college guy, a little more polished," Redmond said of the former University of Florida star. "I know in Toronto, he was definitely a guy they didn't want to lose. I thought it was a great condition to the trade, picking him up. He's got a great arm and pounds the strike zone. Hopefully, he does that tomorrow."

DeScalani was the Marlins' minor league pitcher of the year in 2013. He has compiled a 3-4 record with a 4.19 ERA in eight starts at Double-A Jacksonville.

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