The Miami Marlins did not make a drastic number of call-ups at the start of the September roster expansion this season. The Fish began by calling up three players to the main roster in outfielder Chris Coghlan, righty reliever Chris Hatcher, and lefty reliever Zach Phillips.
Chris Coghlan is no stranger to the main roster, as he was here as late as June 8 before going on the disabled list with right calf irritation. He had sciatica-like symptoms with likely back involvement, but he returned to the minors for a rehab assignment in the last few weeks, as he spent time in both High-A and Triple-A for brief stints before receiving the call to the big leagues.
Prior to this latest stint in the big leagues, Coghlan was strictly playing the outfield, but he worked out at third base before the injury and was playing third base during his rehab stint. It is likely the Marlins will try out Coghlan at third in order to test out his usefulness at a position of need.
Chris Hatcher has been on the main roster as well this season, having pitched one inning in a game in which the Marlins needed pitcher replacements after a long extra-innings affair. Hatcher has thrown 26 total innings of relief in the majors with a 6.92 ERA and 5.72 FIP. He spent all of this past season as Triple-A New Orleans's closer, throwing a 3.61 ERA and 4.11 FIP in 67 1/3 innings with 33 saves to his name.
Zach Phillips has had a good year in Triple-A, with a 2.44 ERA and 2.62 FIP in 59 innings pitched in relief. This season, he struck out 30.2 percent of batters faced. In 101 lefty batters faced, he held them to a .176/.257/.253 batting line. He should come in as a lefty option outside of Mike Dunn and Dan Jennings. In order to make room for Phillips on the roster, Kevin Slowey was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
The Marlins may be currently finished with call-ups, but that does not mean that no more players will get a look. The Marlins will be shutting Jose Fernandez down for the season after two more starts. At that time, it is expected that the Fish will bring up a minor league pitcher to replace Fernandez in the rotation. The good money is on the Marlins calling up Brian Flynn, who has been excellent in Triple-A and deserves a look.
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