Guzman was optioned by the Marlins on Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Guzman will remain with the team as part of the taxi squad. Humberto Mejia was activated off the taxi squad in advance of his MLB debut in a corresponding move.
Guzman was recalled by the Marlins on Tuesday. The righty reliever is set to join the big-league club for the first time in his career. Guzman locked in a steady 3.50 ERA and 8.27 K/9 at Double-A Jacksonville in 2019 but had some command issues, issuing 71 free passes over 138.2 innings.
Guzman will be added to the Marlins' 30-man roster ahead of Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Manny Navarro of The Athletic reports. Despite working mainly as a starter in the minors, Guzman will work out of the bullpen during the start of his time with the Marlins. Manager Don Mattingly didn't rule out the possibility of using him as a starter amid the team's COVID-19 outbreak. "Our guys are going to have to be flexible," Mattingly said. The 24-year-old spent the 2019 season with Double-A Jacksonville and posted a 3.50 ERA and 127:71 K:BB over 138.2 innings.
Guzman gave up two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings while striking out a season-high 10 for Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday. The 10 whiffs tied his career high. Guzman, acquired from the Yankees in the Giancarlo Stanton deal, is still trying to refine his command -- he's walked multiple batters in six straight starts and seven of eight on the season, leading to a 44:22 K:BB through 44 innings -- but he's still improved on last year's rough 6.0 BB/9 at High-A. His high-octane fastball will keep earning him chances as a starter, but if the 23-year-old doesn't start to put things together soon, a move to the bullpen could be in his future.
Guzman was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. Guzman will likely spend all of 2019 refining his craft in the minors. He generates elite velocity with his fastball, but needs to greatly improve his command and secondary pitches.