It has been little more than a week since the Miami Marlins designated ace pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs for assignment, but on Tuesday, they went to the next step in actually outright releasing the 35-year-old from the roster.
Beckett reminisced about his days with the Marlins and the challenges of playing home games in scorching heat and constant rain delays. Interestingly enough, he also claimed that it became an advantage late in the season when opposing teams were unable to withstand the excessive heat and were drained by the 7th and 8th innings.
Marmol will be designated for assignment today just three months after Miami signed the former Cubs closer to a one-year, $1.25 million contract hoping to add depth to the bullpen. The decision was made after Marmol gave up four runs and was the losing pitcher in the Marlins’ 9-3 loss to the Padres Saturday. Marmol is 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA. He has allowed eight runs in 3.1 innings in May.
Jose Fernandez doesn't want to use a bad steak dinner as an excuse for [Friday] night's poor outing. But he acknowledged today that he was throwing up in the dugout just before he took the mound to face the San Diego Padres.
The Marlins intend to designate Carlos Marmol for assignment on Sunday, one day after the beleaguered reliever gave up four runs in the Marlins' 9-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. "It's been a struggle for him," said manager Mike Redmond. "It just hasn't worked."
Two weeks removed from his second Tommy John surgery, former Marlins right-hander and current Padre Josh Johnson was on the field pregame with his kids. The eldest of his young kids, Cash is a big Stanton fan and had been badgering Dad for a few weeks about renewing acquaintances when the Marlins came to town. Johnson would have loved to compete against his former team, but that won’t happen until 2015 at the earliest. He’ll likely remain on the disabled list through the start of next season as he comes back from another elbow reconstruction.
It wasn't his longest home run of 2014, but Giancarlo Stanton's 11th-inning screamer late Thursday was impressive for another reason. He hit Dale Thayer's 0-2 pitch on a line to right-center in one of the game's most pitcher-friendly ballparks. The 414-footer came with two on and a man on, and gave the Marlins a series-opening 3-1 win.
Before Thursday, the only view Christian Yelich had of Petco Park was from the outside looking in. The 22-year-old Marlins left fielder, who is from Thousand Oaks, Calif., spent time in the San Diego area, visiting with friends. He'd see Petco Park, but never had been inside until the four-game set with the Padres.
Chalk up Friday as an off night for Jose Fernandez and the Marlins. Fernandez was tagged for six runs (five earned) with five strikeouts in five-plus innings in Miami's 10-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.
Carlos Marmol's tenure with the Marlins came to a close on Saturday night after the 31-year-old right-hander's latest rough outing. Entering in the sixth inning of a 2-2 game, Marmol yielded four runs, including a three-run homer to Chase Headley, in Miami's 9-3 loss to the Padres at Petco Park. The Marlins plan to officially designate Marmol for assignment on Sunday. The club will make a corresponding move to replace the right-hander in the bullpen.
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Tracy McGrady lasted one and two-thirds innings in his professional baseball debut, and laugh at that if you will, but only once did he work this deep into May in his entire 16-year NBA career.
Chris Sale threw a four-inning simulated game prior to Saturday's scheduled contest between the White Sox and D-backs and will likely head out on a rehab assignment next before a potential return to the White Sox rotation.
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The Miami Marlins have seen enough of Carlos Marmol for the year, as the team designated him for assignment last night after the reliever's latest debacle of an outing.