Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


Chasers at Zephyrs

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Zephyr Field

Probable starters: Zephyrs right-handed pitcher Jared Cosart (0-0, rehab assignment); Chasers right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks (4-3, 3.41).

Radio: WMTI-FM, 106.1

On the mend

Zephyrs starter Jared Cosart will be pitching on a rehabilitation assignment, as the Miami Marlins’ starting rotation is regaining its health.

Right-hander Mat Latos, who was sidelined with inflammation in his left knee, pitched 4.2 innings Monday against Nashville at Zephyr Field. Four Marlins starters are out at the same time with injuries.

“(Cosart) is going to be anywhere from 90 to 100 pitches,” Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. “They just want to get his pitch count up and see how he comes out of his outing. It’s not a typical rehab outing, because it’s not a physical injury.”

Cosart, 1-3 with a 4.08 earned-run average in 39.2 innings, went on the disabled list on May 18 with vertigo, which affects equilibrium. He did a bullpen session, then had extended spring training starts on June 1 and Saturday in Jupiter, Florida.

In his first outing, he pitched three innings and didn’t allow a hit but walked a batter. Wayne Rosenthal, the Marlins rehab pitching coordinator, said Cosart threw his fastball for strikes, his curveball was good, and he looked ready to return. However, on Saturday, Cosart allowed six runs on six hits with three walks in five innings.

Seeking support

In their previous game on Tuesday, Zephyrs third baseman Scott Sizemore hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, and center fielder Isaac Galloway hit one in the fifth.

Haines hopes to show of power continues against Omaha. Mostly, he’d just like to see the Z’s become more productive at the plate.

In the four-game series against the Sounds, New Orleans batted 21-of-103 (.204), including 5-for-24 (.208) with runners in scoring position, leaving 38 on base. The Zephyrs scored 10 runs, although one game went seven innings and another five. They drew eight walks.

The Z’s obviously lacked energy by the final game after flying across country to play a four-game set that had two day games following night games, including a continued game that made for a doubleheader. However, the Zephyrs, who are 13th in batting average (.260), last in scoring and second to last in home runs (29) in the Pacific Coast League, have struggled all season.

“We just have to stay after it,” Haines said. “Our defense and pitching have been good. Offensively, I’d like to see us get hot as a team. We haven’t really done that yet. We haven’t gotten in a stretch of seven to 10 days where we’ve been clicking on all cylinders.”

-- Darrell Williams