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05/27/05 12:38 AM ET

Bazardo makes jump to big leagues

Venezuelan right-hander gets shot after eight Double-A starts

Yorman Bazardo was 8-6 with a 3.79 ERA as a starter at Double-A Carolina. (Elsa/Getty Images)
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A starting pitcher typically doesn't like to learn that he'll miss his next start, but when Yorman Bazardo learned on Wednesday night that he wouldn't be starting for the Double-A Carolina Mudcats on Thursday, he probably didn't mind.

That's because the 20-year-old right-hander was also informed that the reason he wouldn't be on the mound in Raleigh, N.C., was that he had been promoted to the Florida Marlins for his first taste of the Major Leagues.

Bazardo, who has pitched just 50 innings above Class A ball, was called up by the Marlins, along with veteran Frank Castillo, to help fill the void created when it was determined that A.J. Burnett would miss a start due to elbow inflammation. Florida's top right-handed pitching prospect is expected to give the Marlins a long-relief and spot-starter option.

The jump from Double-A to the big leagues marks an uncharacteristically quick promotion for Bazardo. The 6-foot-2 Venezeulan has spent a full season at each tier of the Marlins' low-level affiliates in his first four seasons since being signed as a free agent in 2000. He was 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2001, 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA in the New York-Penn League in 2002, 9-8 with a 3.12 ERA in the South Atlantic League in 2003, and 5-9 with a 3.27 ERA in the Florida State League in 2004.

Bazardo was 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA in eight starts with Carolina. He allowed 42 hits and 16 walks while striking out 34 batters in 50 1/3 innings. The flame-thrower yielded four or fewer earned runs in each of his starts.

To make room for Bazardo and Castillo, the Marlins optioned pitcher Logan Kensing to Carolina and outfielder Chris Aguila to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Jason Ratliff is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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