Peters was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Peters was sent back to the minors in order to open up a spot on the roster for Odrisamer Despaigne, who was reinstated from the disabled list in a corresponding move. The 25-year-old southpaw didn't make an appearance during his brief stint with the Marlins. He'll rejoin the Baby Cakes' rotation, where he'll serve as organizational pitching depth.
Peters was optioned to Triple-A in early May after posting a 6.31 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 25.2 innings for the Marlins. The 25-year-old began the season in the starting rotation but is likely slated for a long-relief bullpen role this time around.
After losing his rotation spot Monday following Dan Straily's (forearm) activation from the 10-day disabled list, Peters briefly transitioned to a long-relief role, giving up two runs on three hits over one inning in his first appearance out of the bullpen Wednesday against the Phillies. Given that the Marlins still view the lefty as a starter over the long haul, he was never expected to stick around in a bullpen role for an extended period, so his assignment to New Orleans isn't a surprise. Peters will work out of the rotation for the Baby Cakes after skipping the Triple-A level entirely while making the jump from Double-A Jacksonville to the majors last September.
Peters will remain in the majors as a long relief option for now, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
There was an expectation that Peters would be sent back to the minors as a corresponding move to Dan Straily's activation from the disabled list, though the Marlins opted to make a different move. Despite this, manager Don Mattingly reiterated that the Marlins prefer the southpaw in a starting role, so he'll likely find his way back in Triple-A soon if a big-league rotation spot doesn't open up. In five starts for Miami this season, Peters has a 5.84 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Peters is expected to be optioned to Triple-A New Orleans when Dan Straily (forearm) is activated from the 10-day disabled list to make his season debut Monday against the Phillies, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Peters turned in a serviceable start his last time out April 24 against the Dodgers, holding the opposition to one run on four hits and two walks over 5.1 innings, but it won't overshadow what has been a largely uninspiring body of work this season. Over his five starts, Peters has posted a 5.84 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 16:13 K:BB in 24.2 innings, numbers that don't offer much confidence in his ability to consistently deliver quality outings. Peters seem likely to continue his development as a starter in New Orleans, where he'll be joined in the rotation by Trevor Richards, who recently lost his own starting role with the Marlins following Wei-Yin Chen's activation from the DL.
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