Miami expected to make roster moves
SAN DIEGO — Pitching depth is on the way to help the Marlins get through the remainder of their series at San Diego.
In Friday’s 9-8 win at Petco Park, the club exhausted its bullpen. Steve Cishek worked three scoreless innings for the win. When you add in the two innings he threw on Wednesday at San Francisco, that’s five innings in a three day span.
So Cishek will be shut down at least until the team is at Houston on Monday.
Heath Bell has labored, and he threw 33 pitches in the ninth on Friday. Manager Ozzie Guillen said the club plans to talk with Bell on Saturday, and at least a temporary change at closer seems inevitable. Edward Mujica was getting ready to pitch if needed on Friday, and he was considered not available. So he’s likely out for Saturday.
Right-hander Chris Hatcher is expected to added from Triple-A New Orleans for Saturday. Another pitcher also may be on the way. If so, Alex Sanabia, who has been starting, could be in line. He threw five innings on Wednesday.
Sanabia has been a starter and a reliever at the big league level in the past. He could provide long relief depth, especially since Josh Johnson has also struggled. That’s if the team plans on bringing him up immediately.
Hatcher has thrown well at New Orleans, posting a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings with 16 strikeouts and three walks.
Lefty Wade LeBlanc had a solid seven shutout inning performance on Friday, now allowing a run. Like Sanabia, LeBlanc has pitched as a starter and reliever in the big leagues. The club, however, views him more as a spot starter candidate.
Hatcher, LeBlanc and Sanabia are all on the 40-man roster.
The Marlins have been carrying 12 pitchers and 13 position players. Perhaps they will now go with 13 pitchers.
– Joe Frisaro