Andino is 'on stage'
Out of options, Robert Andino understands he may soon be out of chances with the Marlins.
The 24-year-old shortstop is getting a chance to showcase himself with Hanley Ramirez playing in the World Baseball Classic. On Saturday, Andino came through with a walk-off homer against former Marlin Ross Wolf in the 10th inning.
In 2008, Andino had a walk-off homer to beat the Mets in the second game of the season.
“It brings back a little memory,” Andino said. “I’m on stage right now.”
Since he plays shortstop — Hanley Ramirez’s position — Andino is blocked. There basically are three situations Andino finds himself in: He can make the club as a backup, be traded or released, or he could be released and clear waivers and be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.
“He needs to come out and show people that he can play,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Best case scenario, he makes our club as a utility guy. Best case scenario, he’s going to play well enough that he isn’t going to clear waivers. Worst case scenario is he comes out, he doesn’t play well, and he clears waivers, and he’s in Triple-A for us.
“I think so far he is showing he can play at this level.”
Many are speculating that Andino won’t make the Opening Day roster. Still, don’t rule that out.