May 21, 2011
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MIAMI - Purdue baseball alumnus Jay Buente has been recalled by the Florida Marlins and is expected to make his first Major League start on the mound Sunday when the Marlins host their in-state rival, the Tampa Bay Rays, for interleague play at Sun Life Stadium.
Buente made his Major League debut in May 2010 but began this season at the Triple-A level with the New Orleans Zephyrs. He'll start for the Marlins Sunday in place of injured ace Josh Johnson.
Buente, 27, was 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA over five starts and five relief appearances with the Zephyrs. He led the Pacific Coast League in ERA and had struck out 44 batters in 41 2/3 innings. He pitched a complete game against the Iowa Cubs May 9 in Des Moines. Buente pitched eight games with the Marlins last season, all in relief.
Buente pitched for Purdue from 2003-06, appearing in 59 career games. He was selected by the Marlins in the 14th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Johnson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Buente will be given the first opportunity to replace the All-Star in the rotation until he can return from shoulder inflamation. "It's impossible to replace [Johnson]," Buente said. "I'm just going to go out and be the pitcher that I've been up to this point."
Name: Jay Buente
Born: September 28, 1983
Hometown: Evansville, IN (Reitz High School)
Height/Weight: 6'2"/185 lbs
MLB Debut: May 27, 2010