The Marlins have called up southpaw Jarlin Garcia from Double-AA Jacksonville on Sunday to compensate for the lack of lefties in the bullpen. Miami made room for Garcia on the 25-man roster by optioning righty Nick Wittgren. The 23-year-old Garcia is rated as the Marlins #3 prospect, and possess a solid fastball, good control, and a 4.04 ERA in seven starts this season.
The move is clearly part of an effort by management to get more arm diversity in the bullpen, as for a long time the Marlins had zero lefties, as Craig Davis points out.
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Teammates Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton had a scary collision in the outfield on Sunday chasing a fly ball hit to right center by Ryan Zimmerman that rendered them both lying on the warning track, unable to pick up the ball and make a throw. Zimmerman rounded the bases to score an inside-the-park home run, and trainers and players flocked to the outfield to check on Stanton and Ozuna. They both ended with no injuries, but it surely made fans, players, and coaches all nervous.
Martin Prado has been key to the Marlins offense this season, as he currently possesses the second highest batting average in the majors. The 32-year-old Prado is a humble clubhouse leader that can propel the Marlins as a team.
Manager Don Mattingly has giving the Marlins a new energy since taking control of the team, Michael Stern of the Miami Herald writes.
Around the League:
Rockies' outfielder Jose Reyes was suspended through the end of May due to his violation of the MLB's domestic violence policy in October.
The Rangers inked 37-year-old pitcher Kyle Lohse to a minor-league deal on Saturday. Lohse can opt out of the contract on June 1, but first, he will report to Triple-AAA Round Rock.
Rays' second baseman Logan Forsythe was placed on the team's 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his right shoulder. Forsythe said he would be out of action for a couple of weeks due to the injury, and he will be evaluated in a few weeks.
12 years removed from being the number one draft pick in 2004 with 39 months spent in prison, pitcher Matt Bush is back in the MLB, and incredibly enough, was called up to the big leagues on Saturday. Minor League Ball took a closer look at Bush and his body of work.