Ayala, Wood recalled
A depleted bullpen picked up two fresh arms on Saturday, as the Marlins recalled from Triple-A New Orleans relievers Luis Ayala and Tim Wood.
The two right-handers were added to help preserve a bullpen that has picked up 12 2/3 innings the past two games.
Ayala and Wood were added to fill the roster spots of Chris Volstad and Gaby Sanchez. Both were optioned to Triple-A on Friday night.
Both Wood and Ayala have split time this year with the Marlins and Triple-A.
Wood has a 1-2 record with a 3.18 ERA in 31 games with New Orleans. He last threw an inning on Thursday.
Ayala has made nine appearances with New Orleans, and he last threw on Wednesday.
Rosters expand on Tuesday, and the Marlins are hoping to preserve their bullpen until then.
The Marlins are shying away from their two primary long relievers, Cristhian Martinez and Brian Sanches.
Sanches threw 2 1/3 innings on Friday, and Martinez tossed 3 1/3 innings on Thursday.
Asked who was available for long relief on Saturday against the Padres, manager Fredi Gonzalez quipped: “Don’t ask me that.”
The Marlins are hopeful starter Ricky Nolasco can go deep into the game. However, if there is a need for a reliever to throw multiple innings, both Ayala and Wood are candidates.
Gonzalez said he is hoping to avoid using Sanches the rest of the weekend.
– Joe Frisaro
– Joe Frisaro