Wallach will start at catcher and will bat ninth Wednesday in Game 1 of the Marlins' wild-card series with the Cubs, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Though Jorge Alfaro (when healthy) has retained the top spot on the Marlins' depth chart at catcher for much of this season, his struggles at the dish resulted in him ceding work to Wallach down the stretch. Wallach was behind the plate for three of the Marlins' final four regular-season contests, and his inclusion in the lineup for the team's postseason opener leaves little doubt that manager Don Mattingly views him as the top backstop for the time being.
Wallach went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in an 8-1 win over the Phillies in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader. Wallach swatted his first homer of the year in the sixth inning to account for the final runs of the game. It was just his second hit in 15 at-bats this year. Wallach sees infrequent playing time as the backup to Jorge Alfaro at catcher.
Wallach (undisclosed) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Wallach was placed on the injured list earlier this month. He should immediately slot in as Jorge Alfaro's backup with Francisco Cervelli (concussion) still recovering, and he could see an occasional start behind the plate.
Wallach is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Wichita, but he was making a strong case for a big-league roster spot when spring training was suspended, going 7-for-18 (.389) with two home runs and a double. The 28-year-old took full advantage of the Grapefruit League opportunities opened up by Jorge Alfaro's strained oblique, but the delayed start to the regular season should give Alfaro more than enough time to recover and cut off Wallach's path to the 26-man roster. Even if Alfaro is healthy for Opening Day, Francisco Cervelli has a lengthy concussion history, and the odds are good Wallach will be needed in the bigs at some point.
Wallach (concussion) was reinstated from the 60-day inured list Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Players can't spend the offseason on the injured list, so the move indicates nothing about Wallach's health. A concussion the catcher suffered in late May lingered for the rest of the season, and he played in just four rehab games the rest of the season, with just one of those coming after the All-Star break.
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