Due to the stress put on the bullpen from Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, the Marlins were forced to make a couple of moves on Thursday to add pitching depth.
To accommodate the extra arms, infielder Alfredo Amezaga was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retro active to Sunday, with a left knee contusion. Actually, Amezaga has a bone bruise, and he will be examined further on Friday by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.
The Marlins also optioned outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Triple-A New Orleans.
The new pitchers are right-handed pitcher Cristhian Martinez, who had his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville.
The Marlins also recalled lefty reliever Dave Davidson from Triple-A New Orleans.
These moves were made because the Marlins are hoping to stay away from all their relievers on Thursday. The plan is for starter Andrew Miller to go as deep as he can. If Miller has to leave early, Martinez, who is a starter, can pitch in long relief. Davidson will be the short reliever.
The moves leave the Marlins with 14 pitchers and 11 position players. Wes Helms, Ross Gload and Ronny Paulino were the only players on the bench.
On Friday, the Marlins are expected to add another position player — perhaps Brett Carroll.
– Joe Frisaro