Aviles hit for Dustin McGowan in the seventh inning Friday and blasted a two-run homer in a 7-4 win over the Reds. It was the veteran utility infielder's first big-league home run of the year, as he needed only seven games with Miami to match his total in 55 games this season with Triple-A New Orleans. Aviles is now slashing .313/.389/.500 with the Marlins as he sees semi-regular playing time with J.T. Riddle (shoulder) and Martin Prado (knee) both sidelined.
Aviles' contract was purchased from Triple-A New Orleans and he is starting at shortstop and hitting eighth Tuesday in Texas, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. J.T. Riddle was placed on the 10-day DL with biceps tendinitis as a corresponding move, so Aviles figures to see time at shortstop while backup Miguel Rojas nurses a shoulder injury. Aviles, a 36-year-old veteran, was hitting .292/.326/.376 with one home run in 196 plate appearances at Triple-A.
The Marlins are expected to select Aviles' contract from Triple-A New Orleans prior to Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. With J.T. Riddle (shoulder) expected to land on the disabled list and Miguel Rojas (shoulder) day-to-day, the Marlins are getting dangerously low on depth in the middle infield, so Aviles will move back to the big leagues to provide some relief. Rojas is scheduled to visit a doctor Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, but since it's a good possibility Rojas will be sidelined later in the evening, Aviles could enter the lineup right away. The veteran utility man is batting .292/.326/.376 over 196 plate appearances with New Orleans this season.
The Marlins designated Aviles for assignment Wednesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Aviles was added to the 40-man roster last weekend largely as a result of his ability to play all over the diamond and in the outfield, but the 36-year-old didn't stick around with the Marlins for long after a younger, higher-upside utility option in Christian Colon became available via waivers. The Marlins are still hoping to stash Aviles at Triple-A New Orleans if he goes unclaimed, but the veteran will face a more difficult path to return to the big club now that he no longer occupies a 40-man spot.
Aviles had his contract purchased from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday. Aviles hasn't been with the Marlins organization for very long, but with the big-league club in need of infield depth, the veteran utility man was just what the doctor ordered. He'll likely fill a reserve role upon his return to the big leagues, but his versatility and experience could land him a decent amount of playing time until Miami's regulars are back in commission.
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