Marlins roster options

With reliever Chris Leroux being optioned after Tuesday’s loss to the Phillies, the Marlins will make a roster move prior to Wednesday night’s game.

The team hasn’t made anything official, but a strong possibility is outfielder Brett Carroll, who opened the season with the Marlins.

Carroll, who has the strongest arm of any Marlins outfielder, was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on May 15.

Carroll had been playing right field for the Zephyrs, but he wasn’t in the lineup on Tuesday night. New Orleans is in Las Vegas.

If Carroll gets the call up, he will provide depth to the outfield.

The Marlins had been carrying 13 pitchers, which has limited manager Fredi Gonzalez’s bench.

The team is expected to bring up a position player.

Another concern is shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who left Tuesday’s 5-3 loss in the bottom of the third inning with tightness in his right groin.

So Ramirez may not be in the starting lineup, although he likely could be used as a pinch-hitter.

If Ramirez isn’t starting, Emilio Bonifacio is the likely choice to play shortstop, and Wes Helms would be a choice to play third base.

Carroll’s role has been as a defensive replacement, or a middle innings pinch-hitter.

While center fielder Cameron Maybin has been hot at Triple-A, the organization wants him to keep playing and making improvements. The Marlins want to avoid rushing Maybin back to the big leagues, only to send him back down if he struggles. 

— Joe Frisaro

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