Sanchez gets called up
Miami native Gaby Sanchez is joining the Marlins in San Diego.
The Marlins announced on Tuesday that Sanchez is being called up to replace Andrew Miller on the roster.
The left-handed Miller was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after Monday’s 3-2 win over the Padres. The team has yet to announce who will be brought up.
Sanchez, 25, entered Spring Training as the frontrunner to win the Marlins first base job. But he struggled in the spring, and opened the season at New Orleans, where he’s been a productive middle of the lineup hitter.
Sanchez is batting .284 for the Zephyrs with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 60 games.
For more than a month, Sanchez has played third base. He is a first base/third base option.
The Marlins offense has struggled of late, and Sanchez could provide a spark. The question is, where will he play?
Emilio Bonifacio has been the starting third baseman all season. Bonifacio has had his ups and downs at the plate and in the field.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez could platoon Sanchez and Bonifacio. Bonifacio also could be used in a utility role, which the team has been missing with Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list for the rest of the season.
The Marlins carried 13 pitchers on Monday. Bringing up Sanchez makes it once again 13 position players, which gives Gonzalez more options off the bench.
– Joe Frisaro