The Marlins made some cuts this morning and we are getting to seeing what the 25-man roster will look like on opening day.
Outfielder Dewayne Wise, who has been bothered by a sprained big left toe, was reassigned to Minor League camp. Infielder Ozzie Martinez and catcher Brad Davis were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, and right-hander Jhan Marinez was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.
There are now 27 players in camp, and the team has to be down to 25 by Thursday.
In the case of Dewyane Wise, big toe injuries are really bothersome, that don't heal quickly and one can't play effectively until they do.
If the Marlins persist with the misguided thought of having 13 position players on the team it is looking like this: the bench will consist of Wes Helms, Brett Hayes, Emilio Bonifacio, Greg Dobbs and Scott Cousins.
Of course, I could be guessing wrong.
The Marlins presently have 39-men on the 40-man roster which does not include Donnie Murphy and Dobbs. So some adjustments will need to be made. The best guess is that they will place Evan Reed on the 60-day disabled list removing him from the 40-man.
I am still little confused why the team needs Dobbs in the dugout, should this happen, as opposed to another reliever in the bullpen. Sure he swings from the left-side and has some experience pinch-hitting. But he hasn't done much recently in that department and he is not that great of fielder and his fielding positions are redundant.
If the Marlins go with two lefties in the bullpen, Randy Choate and Mike Dunn, they really need another reliever because neither of those two are guaranteed to last very long in an outing.
But there are many reasons why I'm not the GM, so we will see how it all plays out.