Marlins promote Narveson, option Reed to Zephyrs

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins selected the contract of left-hander Chris Narveson from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned southpaw Chris Reed to the Zephyrs prior to Wednesday's game against the New York Mets.

Narveson, a non-roster invitee during spring training, had gone 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 10 games (four starts) for New Orleans. He also posted a 2-0 record and 3.18 ERA in two starts for Single-A Jupiter.

The 33-year-old lefty spent 2014 with the Yakult Swallows in Japan, going 4-11 with a 4.53 ERA in 24 starts.

A former second-round selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Narveson is 26-18 with a 4.65 ERA in 97 games (63 starts) in the big leagues since his debut in 2006 with the Cardinals.

Injuries have affected his career, including a left thumb laceration, torn left rotator cuff and sprained middle finger. An offseason left hip surgery pushed him back as well. Narveson last pitched in the majors on April 6, 2013. A former teammate of Casey McGehee's in Milwaukee, his best years came in 2010-11 when he combined for a 23-17 record and 4.97 ERA in 67 outings (56 starts).

Reed, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Grant Dayton last month, made his major-league debut over the weekend. He tossed two scoreless innings of relief, permitting just one hit against the San Diego Padres. Reed became the first British-born player to appear in a game in Marlins history.

The 25-year-old southpaw gave up a pair of runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk in two innings in the series opener against the Mets on Monday. He worked just five games (6 1/3 innings) with Miami's minor-league system before being called up.

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