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Marlins' Isaac Galloway: Fourth straight start
Galloway will start in center field and bat eighth Saturday against the Nationals, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Galloway will be making his fourth straight start in place of the struggling Lewis Brinson. With a 3-for-12 mark at that dish thus far, Galloway hasn't done anything to cement himself as an everyday player, but that may prove to be enough to stick ahead of Brinson on the depth chart. Brinson is sitting on a .239 on-base percentage through the Marlins' first 20 games and could be headed to Triple-A New Orleans if he doesn't turn a corner soon.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Martin Prado: Third start in four games
Prado will start at third base and bat second Saturday against the Nationals, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Prado will be in the lineup for the third time in four games after filling in for Neil Walker at first base Tuesday and Wednesday versus the Cubs. He'll move across the diamond this time around in place of Brian Anderson, who shifts to right field. With the Marlins demoting Austin Dean to Triple-A New Orleans Saturday, Anderson could play in the outfield on a regular basis, which would likely open up steady at-bats for Prado at the hot corner.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Riley Ferrell: Placed on 60-day injured list
Ferrell (biceps) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday.
Ferrell has been dealing with biceps tendinitis since late March, though he recently resumed throwing. His timeline is unclear, but he now won't be eligible to return until late May. He'll make way on the 40-man roster for Jon Berti, whose contract was purchased in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Contract purchased by Marlins
Berti's contract was purchased by the Marlins on Saturday.
Berti made his big-league debut with the Blue Jays last season, appearing in four games. He's already started at four positions for Triple-A New Orleans this season and will likely be used in a utility role during his time with the Marlins.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Lewis Brinson: Sits for third straight
Brinson is still sitting Saturday against the Nationals, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Brinson sits for the third straight contest, with Isaac Galloway starting on each occasion. Brinson clearly needs to figure something out, with his season slash line sitting at .190/.239/.254 through 20 games. It's unclear when he's expected to return to the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Austin Dean: Optioned to Triple-A
Dean was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday.
Dean went 5-for-22 at the plate in six contests, striking out nine times and not recording a single walk. Jon Berti's contract was selected in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Nick Anderson: Picks up first hold
Anderson struck out the side but gave up a solo home run in an inning of relief Friday to record his first hold of the season.
Brian Dozier ripped a first-pitch fastball down the left-field line to make it a 3-2 game, but otherwise Anderson remained dominant. The right-hander has worked his way into the late-inning mix for Miami with a 2.79 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and an eye-popping 20:2 K:BB through 9.2 innings, but Friday's homer was the second he's given up, continuing an issue that impacted his Triple-A campaign last year (1.2 HR/9). He remains an intriguing saves stash given the unsettled nature of the Marlins' bullpen, but for now Anderson's fantasy value is restricted to formats in which high-K relievers are worth roster spots.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Adam Conley: Grabs third hold
Conley faced one batter in Friday's win over the Nationals, getting Juan Soto to pop out to record his third hold of the season.
The lefty remains firmly in the late-inning mix for the Marlins despite his 7.71 ERA and 2.14 WHIP through seven innings. Conley has made 10 appearances and has a save to go along with his holds, although he's also been tagged with two losses. His poor ratios are at least partially due to bad luck -- he has a .423 BABIP against -- and Conley's 96.2 mph fastball average is the highest of his career, so his numbers should improve over the summer.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Garrett Cooper: Rehab progressing
Cooper (calf) is hitting and fielding while doing some mild running, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
"He's progressing along, that's for sure," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Friday. "He was doing some outfield drills today. He's already been taking ground balls and hitting. He's doing running progression and will do curves either today or tomorrow." Cooper's rehab so far has taken place in Miami under the eyes of the Marlins' trainers, but he's expected to head to the team's spring training complex in Jupiter next week while the club is on the road. The 28-year-old will need to get in some rehab games before rejoining the big club, and a concrete timetable for his activation won't become clear until then.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Isaac Galloway: Notches first RBI
Galloway went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Friday night against Washington.
Galloway was credited with an RBI in the second inning. He has drawn three straight starts since getting called up to the big leagues Tuesday and has collected a base knock in each of those contests.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Sergio Romo: Notches second save
Romo picked up the save and struck out one in the ninth inning Friday against Washington.
Romo needed just 10 pitches to retire the final three batters, eight of which were strikes. The 36-year-old has gotten off to a rocky start to the 2019 season (7.71 ERA over seven innings), so a perfect frame is a welcome sight for the Marlins.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Caleb Smith: Tosses another gem
Smith (2-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight over six innings Friday against the Nationals.
Smith was sharp yet again, surrendering his lone run in the first inning on a Juan Soto RBI single. Smith has given up just one run over his past two outings (11 innings) and now owns a 2.35 ERA with 29 punchouts over 23 frames on the season. The 27-year-old will attempt to continue his recent dominance in his next start, which lines up for Thursday against the Phillies.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Austin Dean: Day off Friday
Dean is not in the lineup Friday against the Nationals, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Dean started six straight games following his promotion on April 12, but he went hitless in four of those contests. Rosell Herrera gets the start in right field.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Lewis Brinson: Sits again Friday
Brinson remains on the bench Friday against Washington, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
He sits in favor of Isaac Galloway for the second straight game. Brinson may need some time to clear his head after starting the season hitting .194/.242/.258 through his first 19 games.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Sixto Sanchez: Flashing heat in extended spring
Sanchez was touching 98 mph with his fastball during a two-inning stint in an intrasquad game at the Marlins' spring training complex Thursday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was the big prize from the Phillies in the J.T. Realmuto trade, and while the Marlins have brought him along slowly to begin the season. Sanchez flashed his impressive upside during his 24 pitches Thursday. He's set to make his first start for Double-A Jacksonville on May 2, but after throwing only 46.2 innings in 2018, Miami will keep a very close eye on his workload this year.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Edward Cabrera: Out with back injury
Cabrera landed on High-A Jupiter's 7-day injured list Tuesday due to an upper-back issue, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The Marlins believe the injury will only force Cabrera to miss one start, so the brief shutdown shouldn't be viewed as a big deal for a pitcher whose innings count was always going to be monitored carefully this season anyway. Cabrera has already made two starts for Jupiter this season, holding opposing batters to a .171 average while posting a 12:6 K:BB in 10.1 innings.... See More ... See Less