Two relievers joining squad

The revolving door continues to spin.

Once again, the Marlins have dipped into their Minor League system in hopes of finding consistent relief help.

While no official announcement has been made, left-hander James Houser will have his contract selected on Tuesday from Triple-A New Orleans. And right-hander Alex Sanabia also had his contract selected, but from Double-A Jacksonville.

Once these two are added to the 40-man roster, the Marlins will have to make one corresponding roster move. Currently the roster is at 39 after Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment following Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Rays.

Also on Sunday, Jay Buente was optioned to Triple-A.

The Marlins have already used 15 different relievers this season. Also, for one game, Nate Robertson — who was skipped a start because of the way a day off fell — threw 5 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Foremost, the Marlins are looking for relievers to throw strikes. The team suffered an agonizing 9-8 loss to the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday. Six separate relievers combined to walk 11 batters.

Sanabia, picked in the 32nd round in 2006, has enjoyed a strong season at Jacksonville. The right-hander was a starter. In 14 outings, he wsa 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA, including 65 strikeouts to 16 walks in 84 1/3 innings.

Sanabia projects to be used in long relief. The feeling is he has the makings of a solid fourth or fifth starter in the big leagues. For now, he will be asked to help out in either long relief or in certain situations.

Houser, meanwhile, is a 25-year-old lefty from Sarasota, Fla. He was signed as a Minor League free agent last November.

In 11 games at New Orleans, he struck out 11 and walked four in 19 1/3 innings.

Like Sanabia, Houser can throw multiple innings. He joins Taylor Tankersley as a lefty in the bullpen.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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