Petersen to get call, Lamb designated
After Thursday night’s loss to the Giants, the Marlins announced they are designating Mike Lamb for assignment, and selecting the contract of Bryan Petersen.
Petersen, who was at Triple-A New Orleans, was added to the 40-man roster, in place of Lamb, who had been the lefty bat off the bench.
A left-handed hitter, Petersen enjoyed a strong Spring Training, and he is an option to bat at the top of the order.
The announcement was made on Thursday, and Petersen will join the team in Washington on Friday.
With Cameron Maybin struggling, Cody Ross may end up playing more in center field, with Petersen being an option to play right field.
Now that Lamb has been designated, Doug Mientkiewicz is someone to watch at Triple-A New Orleans. Mientkiewicz, signed recently to a Minor League deal, becomes an option to join the team as the left-handed bat off the bench.
Promoting Petersen also creates an opening for John Raynor to see playing time at New Orleans.
The surplus of outfielders the Marlins have in the organization increases the likelihood of a June trade for relief help. Early June remains a realistic target date to promote Mike Stanton.
– Joe Frisaro