Buehrle set to start finale, but plans could change

Buehrle set to start finale, but plans could change

MIAMI -- For now, Mark Buehrle remains scheduled to start Miami's season finale on Wednesday.

But that remains subject to change.

Buehrle eclipsed the 200-innings mark in his previous start, throwing eight strong innings on Friday night against the Phillies. He gave up one run and matched his season high with eight strikeouts in a no-decision.

Now with 202 1/3 innings, Buehrle has gone 12 straight seasons with at least 200 innings.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Buehrle is just the second starter ever with 200-plus innings and less than 65 walks in 12 consecutive years. The other was the legendary Cy Young, who did it 13 straight seasons (1897-1909).

In case he came up a little short, the Marlins reworked their rotation a few weeks back, giving Buehrle one last chance to reach the milestone. Initially, Josh Johnson was lined up to close out the season on Wednesday against the Mets, who are going with Jeremy Hefner.

Now that Buehrle has passed 200 innings, the organization is weighing what to do for the finale.

Buehrle is ready to pitch, if that is what is decided. If not, the team could go with someone like Tom Koehler, who started at Triple-A New Orleans. The right-hander has pitched in relief since being called up in September.

Wade LeBlanc or Chad Gaudin are other options.