The Marlins have called up veteran infielder Mike Aviles from Triple-A New Orleans, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Tim Healey and confirmed by the team.
Official: Marlins promote Mike Aviles to the big leagues. Option Telis to Triple-A New Orleans, DFA Yefri Perez.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) May 12, 2017
To make room on the roster, catcher Tomas Telis has been sent back down to Triple-A.
The Marlins signed Aviles to a minor-league deal last week after Miami’s infielders began to go down with injury. With Adeiny Hechavarria, Martin Prado, Miguel Rojas and J.T. Riddle all on the mend, the Marlins needed another healthy infielder.
Aviles last appeared in the major leagues last season with the Tigers. He hit .210 with a .528 OPS in 181 plate appearances with Detroit.
The 36-year-old utility man has played every defensive position besides first base and catcher in his career, and gives the Marlins some of versatility they lost in the Rojas injury.
The former Tiger only made two plate appearances in the minor leagues before getting the call-up, but he posts a career .673 OPS and 6.0 WAR. Aviles will see time at mostly shortstop and third base, but could make some appearances in the outfield if needed.