Donnelly going on DL

Not wanting to chance further injury, the Marlins are placing veteran reliever Brendan Donnelly on the 15-day disabled list.

The 38-year-old right-hander strained his right calf while fielding a bunt in Florida’s 4-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field on Saturday night.

The injury occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning. Donnelly sprinted off the mound to field Matt Diaz’s sacrifice bunt. The reliever threw across his body while he was near the first-base line. He field discomfort on the play.

Immediately manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound. Donnelly threw a warmup pitch, and immediately was replaced by Matt Lindstrom.

The Marlins didn’t announce who would be called up for Sunday’s series finale with the Braves. A likely choice is Double-A Jacksonville right-hander Cristhian Martinez, who was optioned on Aug. 20. Martinez is eligible to return because it is a DL situation. Normally, a player must wait 10 days after being optioned to be recalled.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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