And in one fell swoop a collective "huh?" went up from Marlins fans everywhere. Jordany Valdespin??
t has been a tough season for Marlins pitchers as yet again, Henderson Alvarez was forced from the game earlier than he wanted due to an injury.
Outside of Casey McGehee, it hasn’t been a good year for the Marlins in terms of their reclamation projects, with Rafael Furcal and Randy Wolf serving as two prime examples of once-solid players who haven’t panned out.
Hoping to add a spark to the lineup and find reliability at second base, the Marlins called up 26-year-old Jordany Valdespin and had him hit second in the lineup Saturday against the Giants. "Our offense has been slow and sluggish so we are looking for a guy that can hit at the top of the order…and get us going a little bit," manager Mike Redmond said before Saturday’s game.
President of baseball operations Mike Hill had previously said the organization preferred to let DeSclafani get "more seasoning" in the minors should he need it. But with Brad Hand on the mound Sunday and Jacob Turner slated to start Tuesday, Redmond said he wanted a pitcher capable of logging a long relief outing in case one or both of those starters cannot go deep. He added that Sam Dyson would likely not be available for a couple games after throwing 70 pitches in Saturday’s 5-3 loss.
Marlins’ special assistant Jeff Conine has run marathons, completed an Ironman triathlon and on Saturday added another impressive athletic feat to the ever-growing list. Conine reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The Marlins have a new second baseman, and his name is not Dan Uggla. While many fans have wondered aloud on Twitter whether ex-Marlin Uggla, who the Braves released Friday, would be a fit in South Florida, the team instead promoted Jordany Valdespin.
Henderson Alvarez appears to have avoided a potentially serious injury. Now, the Marlins are waiting to see if the right-hander will be able to make his next scheduled start, which is lined up for Thursday at Atlanta. Alvarez was struck on the left shin by a comeback grounder in the third inning of Miami's 5-3 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.
Giancarlo Stanton may not have won the Home Run Derby, but the event helped the Marlins slugger regain his power form. Stanton had been in a home run slump before the All-Star break. The 24-year-old snapped a drought of 75 plate appearances without a blast Friday night in Miami's 9-1 loss to the Giants at Marlins Park.
Brad Hand allowed two runs in seven innings, and Casey McGehee belted a two-run homer as Miami edged the Giants, 3-2, at Marlins Park. Hand, now 2-12 in his career as a starter, won for the first time as a starter since July 7, 2011, against the Astros.
Around The League
Mariners' third baseman Kyle Seager, selected to the All-Star Game after a first half in which he hit over .300 with 15 homers, was joined in Minneapolis by his younger brother Corey, playing in the Futures Game -- a mini reunion for the talented family.
The Reds' lineup is missing two of its best hitters, with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips on the disabled list, and Jay Bruce has been enduring a subpar season at the plate. Therefore, as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline quickly approaches, Walt Jocketty is looking to add offense.
Back in May, it would've seemed highly unlikely that the Blue Jays' priority at the non-waiver Trade Deadline would be to acquire more offense. The team pounded the ball through that month, leading the Major Leagues in runs (165), homers (48) and OPS (.829).
At Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins could be buyers trying to fill out their roster heading into the trade deadline, and one target that would be interesting is Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays.
In a press release on Thursday evening, Fox Sports Florida revealed the Miami Marlins' television broadcasts have experienced a 38 percent increase in 2014. The Marlins headed into the All-Star break six games below five hundred at 44-50.
A look at who the most outstanding pitcher has been for their respective Marlins affiliate at the All-Star break.
The Miami Marlins face a tough decision with Giancarlo Stanton. In order to maximize their chances, they should take a cue from their neighbors, the Miami Heat.
The Miami Marlins selected infielder Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans before Saturday night's contest against the San Francisco Giants. Valdespin will receive an opportunity to start at second base for the Marlins.