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Owens to the DL

As you all know by now and as reported in the comments by Maverick and HadMatter, Owens was placed on the 15-day DL.

The Marlins' overextended bullpen took another hit Friday when Henry Owens, who had assumed the closer's role the last two weeks, was put on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his right rotator cuff.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Owens should be OK when he is eligible to return May 24.


As he has done since Jorge Julio went on the disabled list last month, Gonzalez will go without a designated closer. He said Julio, who has been pitching well in non-save situations since he returned to action, will eventually reclaim the role.

"In a perfect world, we'd love for him to maybe get another inning or two (in non-save situations) before we run him back out there,'' Gonzalez said.

In my perfect world, Julio would still be with Arizona, but that is neither here or there.

In the short run, the team will go with a closer by committee approach.  Besides Julio, Gardner, Messenger, Lindstrom, Tankersley and Pinto will all be under consideration depending on the game situation.  If I had to guess, I think Gardner will get the most of the chances.  But that is just a guess.

This is a really bad break for Owens since it is entirely possible that the organization will hand the closer's role back to Julio while Henry is on the DL.  Not that Julio deserves the role or has earned it, but the organization is hellbent on giving the role to him whether or not he is the best one suited for the position.

To take Henry's spot on the roster the Marlins called up John Gall from the Isotopes.

Gall, who didn't make the opening-day roster despite a strong spring, hit .307 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 34 games for the Isotopes.

Welcome aboard John!