Hayes gets called up
Another day, another roster move for the Marlins.
On Friday afternoon, catcher Brett Hayes was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, taking the roster spot vacated when right-hander Cristhian Martinez was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.
It’s the first time Hayes has been on a big league roster.
After having 14 pitchers and 11 position players on Thursday, Florida opens the series with the Rays at Land Shark Stadium with 12 position players and 13 pitchers.
The reason Hayes got the nod, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, is because he can catch, play first base, third base and left field, in case of an emergency.
While center fielder Cameron Maybin is getting his timing down at the plate at New Orleans, Gonzalez said the organization wanted to give the 22-year-old more seasoning.
“It makes more sense to keep him back there, and get some at-bats,” Gonzalez said.
Had Maybin been brought in, there was a chance he would only stay through the weekend series with Tampa Bay, and then be optioned back to New Orleans.
Hayes was in big league camp with the Marlins, and in 29 games with New Orleans, he’s hitting .277 with one home run and 16 RBIs.
It’s been a trying week for the Marlins. A rainout on Monday forced a doubleheader on Wednesday, and the bullpen that day was heavily used. Four relievers threw in both games — Matt Lindstrom, Leo Nunez, Kiko Calero and Dan Meyer.
Nunez and Calero are not available on Friday.
Nunez was disappointed in himself for giving up a three-run homer to Arizona’s Justin Upton in the 13th inning.
“He was upset at himself because he couldn’t give us any more than he had,” Gonzalez said.
The Marlins are hopeful Nunez will be available on Saturday.
– Joe Frisaro