Martinez recalled from Double-A

For the fifth time this season, Cristhian Martinez has been recalled by the Marlins.

The latest move was anticipated after Brendan Donnelly was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.

Donnelly, 38, strained his right calf while fielding Matt Diaz’s sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning.

With the Marlins bullpen already heavily used, the Marlins needed a reliever immediately. So Martinez, who was optioned to Double-A on Aug. 20, was recalled. Normally, a player optioned must stay down 10 days before being called up. The rules, however, allow a player to return if there is a disabled list situation.

Martinez was initially recalled on May 21. He’s been up and down repeatedly since. He last pitched on Thursday at Houston, throwing 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief.

Donnelly’s injury isn’t regarded as serious.

“I don’t expect him to go past 15 days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Donnelly technically went on the DL on Saturday.

The Marlins have some other relief options ready to return. Burke Badenhop, on the DL with a right trapezius strain, retired all 14 batters he faced in 4 2/3 innings of a rehab assignment for Class A Jupiter on Saturday. Badenhop is next scheduled to throw for Class A Jupiter on Thursday. But if he is needed at the big league level, he can be brought off the DL before that.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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