Bullpen on fumes
The tank is empty.
Those are the words of Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez as he discussed the state of his bullpen after 2 a.m. ET on Thursday.
The Marlins and Diamondbacks completed their Wednesday doubleheader at 1:48 a.m. ET after a 13-inning affair.
The combined actual playing time for both games was 8 hours, 7 minutes. The Marlins bullpen covered 13 1/3 of the 22 innings played. Dan Meyer, Matt Lindstrom, Kiko Calero and Leo Nunez each pitched in both games.
“They’re running on fumes,” Gonzalez said. “They’ve got nothing in the tank.”
Without getting into specifics, Gonzalez said roster moves will be made on Thursday to bring in relief help.
If the team is looking for left-handed relief help, Willie Collazo is a choice. The lefty last pitched on May 16, and he’s 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA in 16 games for Triple-A New Orleans.
Collazo was in Spring Training for the Marlins.
Collazo has made two straight starts for New Orleans, and he’s in line to start on Thursday. However, the Zephyrs are listing their Thursday game’s starter as TBA.
Another lefty possibility is David Davidson, who was claimed recently after opening the year with the Pirates’ Indianapolis affiliate.
Davidson has made 10 relief appearances.
The Marlins may be thinking of placing Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list, retroactive to May 17, to make room for a pitcher. Amezaga suffered a bone bruise to his left knee on Saturday night, and he will be examined again by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, on Friday.
— Joe Frisaro