MIAMI -- Veteran southpaw Chris Narveson will start in place of rookie right-hander Kendry Flores on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Flores, who surrendered five runs over five innings to the Philadelphia Phillies in his first major-league start last Friday, is dealing with right shoulder tendinitis. Manager Dan Jennings said whether he will go on the disabled list is to-be-determined.
Narveson, who spent 2014 playing in Japan, will make his first big-league start since April 15, 2012, when he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Since having his contract selected on Aug. 5, he has gone 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen in long relief.
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The 33-year-old lefty is 27-18 with a 4.63 ERA in 103 games (63 starts) as a big leaguer, dating back to 2006. Narveson has posted a 24-18 record and 4.68 ERA as a starter. He will become the 13th pitcher to start for the Marlins this season, matching the franchise record set in 2014.
"(Pitching coach) Chuck (Hernandez) and I have had a conversation and right now it looks like Chris Narveson will take that start on Wednesday," Jennings said. "Flores had a little bit of right shoulder tendinitis, so with that we'll go with Narveson in that spot."