1 » Former Florida Gators right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani got the call on Tuesday. He will make his first appearance in the big leagues Wednesday night as the starting hurler for the Miami Marlins. DeSclafani, who has posted a 3-4 record and 4.19 ERA in eight starts with the Jacksonville Suns of the Double-A Southern League, is being brought up to the majors as a replacement for ace Jose Fernandez (torn UCL) in Miami’s rotation. Whether he remains with the Marlins for the duration of the season will be determined at a later date, though Kevin Slowey and/or Brad Hand could wind up taking Fernandez’s spot in the rotation. “He’s a guy that’s done well in the minor leagues and we felt like he was probably the most ready to make the start,” manager Mike Redmond said of DeSclafani, according to ESPN.com. “Out of all of our younger guys, he’s probably a little more polished because he’s a college guy and he’s got a few more innings under his belt, as far as experience.”
2 » Continuing his tour of Gator Clubs across the state, Gators head coach Will Muschamp stopped in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday and once again touched on a number of topics. While he did not specifically talk about cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson not being selected in the 2014 NFL Draft last week, he did discuss the subject in a roundabout way. “[NFL teams] are going to watch the film. They’re not watching the combine workout. They’re not listening to some street agent and what they think you are. And they dang sure ain’t watching some show to figure out where to draft people,” he said, according to Rivals.com‘s Bryan Holt ($). “They’re going to watch film, and the players who do well and perform on film, those guys get drafted – especially the ones that are clean. They need to learn for themselves as much as anything. That’s something each individual needs to take on his own responsibility.”
Muschamp did discuss the status of freshman offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher, who he announced will take a redshirt this season after undergoing back surgery, but deflected away from providing more information on redshirt sophomore tight end Colin Thompson‘s status with the team. Thompson has chronic foot issues and was taken off the roster during spring practice.
3 » Florida may have lost four starters to graduation, but the Gators can take some solace in the fact that their fifth starter from the 2013-14 campaign is arguably the best at his position nationally. Junior guard Michael Frazier II has drained 170 three-pointers in his two-year career, which puts him just 16 outside the top 10 for a Florida career and easily on pace to break the school record of 333 (Kenny Boynton) if he sticks around and completes his eligibility. More importantly, Frazier began showing flashes of an improved all-around game, stepping up both his defense and ability score inside the perimeter. ESPN.com’s Fran Fraschilla recently listed him among five other players as one of the best shooters in the nation, and the website’s Eamonn Brennan singled him out as one of five veteran shooting guards to watch next season.
4 » Coming off the best season of his career, one in which he captured the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah revealed that he did it all with an injured knee that was bothering him for weeks. As it turns out, Noah went under the knife after the Bulls were eliminated from the first round of the NBA Playoffs and had “minor” arthroscopic surgery on his knee, according to the team. He was given a timetable of 8-12 weeks of rehabilitation before he can get back on the court and begin training for the 2014-15 campaign.
Extra BIT » ESPN on Wednesday announced which Southeastern Conference volleyball and soccer matches would be held on the SEC Network and ESPNUin 2014. Gators fans will be able to watch 15 total contests on the two channels including 10 volleyball matches and five soccer games though only one-third of those events will be home contests played in Gainesville, Florida. An additional suite of games are set to be available for online streaming via the SEC Network‘s digital platform but those will be announced at a later date.