The Brett Hayes call-up makes just a bit more sense today with the news that John Baker had an MRI on his right forearm, and was diagnosed with a strained flexor. Bake has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, and Bryan Petersen was recalled from AAA.
John Baker landed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm, but 15 days might be optimistic for the slumping catcher. It could take longer for the injury to heal and the Marlins plan on giving the bulk of the playing time now to Ronny Paulino, with Brett Hayes as his backup.
"We're a team that's trying to make the playoffs, and you can't be running a guy out there at 50 percent, who's an out in the lineup, that's hurting his team," Baker said. "It's a fine line. You want to be a tough guy. But, at the same time, I've got 24 other people to think about."
Baker, who missed much of spring training with a similar injury, said it started to flare up on him again after the Colorado series in late April. Baker was hitting .342 as recently as April 21 but has gone into a 4-for-40 spiral that now has him hitting .218.
Ronny Paulino will see the majority of the starting time against both lefties and righties, but Brett Hayes is in the Super Saturday lineup tonight against John Maine and the Mets.