WHAT: Colorado Springs Sky Sox (34-54) at New Orleans Zephyrs (42-48)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs right-hander Jose Urena (6-0, 1.72 ERA) vs. Sky Sox right-hander Tyler Thornburg (1-5, 5.23).



The Miami Marlins traded Zephyrs pitcher Grant Dayton to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for former first-round draft pick Chris Reed in a swap of left-handers.

Dayton, who was drafted by the Marlins in the 11th round in 2010, was 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA this season in 35 innings. He struck out 35 and walked five, and opponents had hit .207 against him.

Reed pitched 16 games with Double-A Tulsa of the Texas League and eight with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Pacific Coast League. At Tulsa, he was 2-2 with a 7.83 ERA in 23.2 innings, striking out 16 and walking 18. With Oklahoma City, he didn’t have a decision but had a 3.27 ERA and struck out five and walked four.

The strikeouts-to-walks ratio reportedly is what drew the ire of the parent Dodgers’ officials.

Reed was the 16th overall player picked in 2011 out of Stanford, where he primarily was a closer. However, he has a good fastball, slider and changeup, and the Dodgers saw him as a starter. None of his minor league appearances this season were starts, though.


Outfielder/second baseman Jordany Valdespin will be back with the Zephyrs for Thursday’s opener.

Valdespin had been called up to the Marlins on July 5, when the Marlins announced that starting center fielder Marcell Ozuna was coming to New Orleans. According to reports out of Miami, the Marlins could bring Ozuna back Thursday. Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said he had not heard that from the Marlins as of Wednesday.

Ozuna hit .249 with four home runs and 26 RBIs with the Marlins, and hit .286 with one home run and two RBIs during the Zephyrs’ just-completed five-game trip to Round Rock.

Valdepin is batting .288 with four doubles, three triples, 17 runs and 12 RBIs in his second season with New Orleans. In two games with Miami, he went 0-for-4. Last season, he spent 52 games with the Marlins and batted .214 (21-for-98).


The series against Colorado Springs begins an eight-game homestand for the Zephyrs, who had played 21 of their previous 29 games on the road, including Sunday’s win at Round Rock in the last game played before the All-Star break. New Orleans went 8-13 on the road and 4-4 at home. One of the home losses was the completion of a game suspended on April 16 at Iowa. … The Zephyrs and Sky Sox, who are in last place in the American North Division, have met for one series this season, June 18-21 at Colorado Springs. New Orleans won the first two games 9-2 and 4-0 before falling in the final two 9-6 and 6-2.

-- Darrell Williams