Lou's keeping his options open for Sunday's opening in the rotation created by Tuesday's rainout, which backed up Rich Harden to tonight.
He said after today's first game of the split doubleheader that Sean Marshall probably will be the guy. That's why he took Neal Cotts out after just two-thirds of an inning this afternoon, because he might need him as the only bullpen lefty for a few days.
Piniella also has Jeff Samardzija tuned up and ready if he doesn't need him for any more than maybe an inning Friday. And he took Jason Marquis out after a relatively few 93 pitches to leave that as a possibility for the weekend finale in Florida.
Marquis says he's pitched effectively on short rest many times and ``would love to go Sunday.'' He also gets killed by several Marlins, including lineup linchpins Hanley Ramirez (6 for 12 plus a walk) and Dan Uggla (3 for 7 plus three walks and including a homer).
But the best option might also be the popular choice: Samardzija. Despite blowing a save when he allowed a run against the Marlins his first day in the majors, July 25, Florida hitters went just 2 for 14 with five strikeouts against Samardzija during his pair of two-inning appearances that weekend.
Samardzija says he's prepared, even though he hasn't made a start since late July in the minors.
Am I missing something here, or is this the best way to go?