Murphy added, Barden designated
Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said he plans on using his bench more.
A different part was added to the roster on Saturday. Before facing the Braves at Turner Field, the team selected the contract of infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A New Orleans.
Infielder Brian Barden was designated for assignment.
Rodriguez has more familiarity with Murphy, having managed him at New Orleans.
Barden, meanwhile, had the backing of former Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez, who was dismissed on June 23. Former Marlins bench coach Carlos Tosca, who also was let go that day, was high on Barden since they both were in the Arizona system.
A defensive specialist, Barden can still remain in the organization, if he isn’t traded, clears waivers and accepts the assignment.
Barden was regarded as the Marlins best defensive player. He can play shortstop, as well as all the infield spots.
But at the plate, Barden struggled, going 5-for-28 (.179) with 12 strikeouts. His last hit was on May 18. He was 0-for-9 after striking out in a pinch-hit appearance on Friday night since his two-run single on May 18.
Murphy, meanwhile, batted .277 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 57 games. In Spring Training, Murphy batted .351 in 18 games. He almost made the roster, but that selection went to Barden.
Both can play shortstop, which is something the Marlins look for in their super utility player.
Murphy last was in the big leagues with the A’s in 2008.
— Joe Frisaro