Miami and Arizona were originally scheduled to complete their four-game series Thursday, but a scheduling issue resulted in a day-night doubleheader Wednesday. The first game of the twin bill will feature the Marlins' top prospect, Jacob Turner, and the No. 3 player in the D-backs' system, Tyler Skaggs.
Turner, who was acquired by the Marlins in the deal that sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers, is getting his first Major League start since the trade. He made three starts with the Tigers this season, the last coming July 22 -- the day before he was traded to Miami.
Since then, the 21-year-old righty has been impressive in Triple-A New Orleans, going 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five starts. Wednesday's performance could determine whether the Marlins plan to keep Turner in the rotation or send him back down to New Orleans.
"In my experience, I don't think it is going to take too long to see what he can do in the big leagues," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I just need to see one game to let you know exactly who he is.
"Every time you make a trade, the report is always nice. That's why we have to wait and see how he can play."
Like the Marlins with Turner, the D-backs aren't sure what their plans are for Skaggs after he makes his Major League debut Wednesday. The 21-year-old lefty boasted a 2.91 ERA with 45 strikeouts in nine starts with Triple-A Reno this year. Before giving up eight runs in his last outing, Skaggs had not allowed more than one run for seven straight starts.
"He's had good years in the Minors, he's a big lefty and he's got strikeout stuff," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's developed and put it all together. He's efficient and he's not afraid to let them put the ball in play, even though he can strike you out."
The nightcap between the two teams will feature a matchup of southpaws. Wade LeBlanc will get the nod for the Marlins, while Wade Miley will toe the rubber for the D-backs.
LeBlanc will make his fifth start since joining the Marlins' rotation following 11 bullpen appearances. He is 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in those starts. His last time out, he gave up five runs in five innings, but earned the win against Colorado.
"LeBlanc has been looking great," Guillen said. "He's one of the most consistent pitchers that we've had. If you look at his ERA, we're very glad we've given him an opportunity to start. We'll see what happens in the future."
Miley has been stellar for Arizona this year, and is a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year. In 24 starts, he is 13-8 with a 2.96 ERA. He threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in an 8-4 win against Miami on April 29.
Marlins: Stanton might sit one game of twin bill
Giancarlo Stanton, who underwent surgery July 8 to remove loose bodies from his right knee, hasn't needed much time to rest the knee since returning from the disabled list.
Miami's plan was to monitor Stanton's playing time after the surgery, but Guillen has since changed that stance, saying he will play Stanton every day with an occasional day off. The Marlins slugger has played in nine straight games, but might not start in one of Wednesday's contests "just for prevention."
"My body is letting me," Stanton said. "I thought I'd need a little more days off, but it's responded well. The day game [Sunday at Colorado], it was a little tired. But it's still feeling pretty good."
D-backs: Demel recalled to replace Drew
A day after trading shortstop Stephen Drew to the A's, the D-backs recalled right-handed pitcher Sam Demel from Triple-A Reno to take Drew's spot on the 25-man roster.
Demel was 1-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 51 relief appearances with the Aces this season. Over the last two years with Arizona, he is 4-3 with a 4.88 ERA in 71 career games.
"It feels good, to battle as much I did this year, to try to figure stuff out, and now I've been on a couple really good stretches," Demel said. "It's nice to be rewarded for it. It's a good feeling."
Demel had a tough return to Arizona on Tuesday, giving up the Marlins' go-ahead run in the 10th inning of the D-backs' 6-5 loss.
Wednesday will mark the first doubleheader at Chase Field.
Marlins infielder Donovan Solano is riding a five-game hitting streak.