Hatcher optioned after Monday's marathon game

Hatcher optioned after Monday's marathon game

Hatcher optioned after Monday's marathon game

MIAMI -- The Marlins optioned right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher to Triple-A New Orleans following Monday's 7-1 loss to the Braves in 14 innings. The move was motivated by Miami's use of almost every relief pitcher in the series opener against Atlanta. The club has not announced a corresponding move.

"It was not an ideal situation, but we need an arm for tomorrow," manager Mike Redmond said. "In case anything happens tomorrow, we're covered."

Hatcher returns to the Zephyrs after one day in the Majors. He was recalled from New Orleans on Sunday as Chris Valaika was sent to the 60-day disabled list.

Hatcher took the loss against the Braves on Monday. He gave up six runs (five earned) on four hits, walked three and struck out one in the top of the 14th.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.